By Barbara Knowles
COVINGTON — Public safety officials and Main Street Covington are organizing a Halloween event on the Square for Monday evening and the city of Conyers will close off a portion of Main Street in Olde Town for Halloween festivities.
Representatives from the Covington Police Department, the Covington Fire Department and Newton County/Covington 911 Center will be on the Square Monday night, handing out Halloween candy. Trick-or-Treaters are invited to come by from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
“We decided that as a public safety organization that we would provide a ‘safe alternative’ to traditional trick or treating,” said CPD Public Information Officer Capt. Ken Malcom. “There has been an event on the town square on Halloween for a number of years, and we decided to sponsor it this year. There are a number of locations throughout our community offering this service, and we also wanted to do something in the heart of our community.”
Also, a number of businesses are planning to stay open for the event, including Square Perk, Scoops and Bradley’s BBQ and will be welcoming trick-or-treaters, according to Josephine Kelly of Main Street Covington.
“Main Street Covington is most grateful for the decision made by the Covington Police and Fire Departments along with Newton County/Covington 911 to host this alternative event for the community,” she said. “Preparations are well underway to have the downtown ready for this event.”
In Conyers, the First United Methodist Church will hold its annual Fall Festival to kick off treat-or-treating in Olde Town Conyers.
The festival will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on church grounds at the corner of North Main and Rosser streets. A trunk or treat with games and other activities are planned.
The city of Conyers will close off Main Street from Peek to North streets and College Avenue from Main Street to Lakeside Drive between 5:30 to 8 p.m. City spokeswoman Jennifer Edwards said the street closings are done as a public safety measure and she encourages motorists to avoid the area if possible.