Are you lining up plans for Halloween? October is a ‘Spooktacular’ month for haunted tourism in Newton County. With our mild climate, it’s not only the best time to enjoy the cool autumn air and changing leaves, it’s also the best time to get outdoors and have fun with our haunted places ghost tours and trick-or-treat events.
Here are five of the top Halloween events in Newton County that you don’t want to miss.
Witches Night Out
Get an early start celebrating Halloween this Saturday, Oct. 19th during the 6th annual Witches Night Out. Ladies, it’s perfectly fine to cackle and show off your best witch’s hat, but you don’t have to be in costume to have fun at this event. Shopping starts at noon at the Porter Memorial Gymnasium. The unique vendors will be selling jewelry, purses, bags and luggage, books, wall decor, handcrafted soaps, art and crafts, and other merchandise to get started on your holiday gift list.
You can also participate in the Moonlight Dash 5K fun run. Led by the Head Witch, the race goes through the beautiful historic district of Porterdale. To add to the fun, you’ll have the chance to stop at staged photo ops throughout the run route.
Covington and Porterdale Ghost Tours
Our area has two walking tours to see local haunted places on Halloween night for a good scare. Many locations have been investigated by paranormal experts. So, if you are looking for orbs and want to hear about our colorful history, take the Covington Ghost Tour. If you think funny and scary should be used in the same sentence, then you want to head to Porterdale City Hall on Halloween night for a Ghost Tour. It’s been called the "Funnest" Scariest Ghost Tour around! And if you can’t make it on Halloween, the Covington tour is available on Friday (Oct. 18th and 25th) and Saturday (Oct. 19 and 26th) nights until the end of October and the Porterdale tour is available on Friday, Oct. 18th and Friday, Oct. 25th.
Haunted History Tour at Charlie Elliott
Haunted tourism wouldn’t be scary without the haunted history. Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center has real-life stories and locations to give you goosebumps! During the Haunted History Tour, be prepared to get spooked during a sunset ride through the back roads on Oct. 28. You’ll visit haunted places such as local cemeteries and Murder Creek, which are known for their haunted history.
Scare on the Square
The popular Scare on the Square is a great alternative to trick-or-treat. Hosted by the Covington Police Department and the City of Covington Fire Department, kids will get treats and sweets and be able to take a hayride. Dress up your little ones and bring them to the Square on Halloween night from 5:30 to 7:30pm.
Downtown Trick or Treating
Also on Halloween is Downtown Trick or Treating in Social Circle. This is perfect for parents and kids who want to get out early so the kids are back to bed on time. The event is from 3:30pm to 5:30pm with businesses participating in the downtown area.
Halloween is a sweet time for everyone to have fun with ghost tours, games and costumes. But once you’ve got your Halloween plans made, it’ll be time for the holiday season. So, get a head start on those plans and save the date for our annual Lighting of Downtown Covington on the Square.