Community Events Happening in Macon for Halloween
Ocmulgee Witches Float, Rocky Horror movie, Thriller Parade, ‘Howl-O-Ween Pawty’ help Macon mark Halloween
MACON, Ga. – If you’re looking to have a good time, downtown Macon is full of treats in store before Halloween.
The main event, trick-or-treating, is scheduled for Saturday, October 30 from 4-7 p.m. at participating businesses in the heart of the city.
Maps and guides at the information centers will help you find your way to the sweets.
The outdoor event promises a “spooky evening of festive, family fun!”
In addition to costumes, children are strongly encouraged to wear masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when traveling from business to business picking up treats.
5K Haunted Night Thriller
After sunset this Saturday evening, boys and girls clubs of central georgia invites you to “run like you’re being chased by zombies!” at the Thriller Night Haunted 5K at Luther Williams Field in Carolyn Crayton Park.
Race packs can be picked up starting at 6 p.m. with the race starting at 7 p.m. The $20 entry fee will benefit youth in Bibb, Houston, Monroe and Candler counties.
Costumes are acceptable, but riders must ensure there is no tripping hazard to themselves or others.
The route takes you through the Industrial District, part of downtown and ends near Cherry Street Plaza where the Hayiya Dance Theater will host the Thriller Parade with choreography featuring Michael Jackson’s famous moves.
Redo the Time Warp
After the race, fans of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show!” can run up to The Grand Opera at 9 p.m. for a $5 screening of the classic interactive musical.
The Wesleyan College Cosplay Club encourages all moviegoers to come dressed to impress for a chance to win the costume contest.
Beer Fest and Superhero Dash are coming to October
On Saturday, October 23, kids can get their outfits on more than a week before Halloween with the Superhero Dash for Dad at Macon Beer Festival.
“Superhero Dash for Dads goes really well with Halloween,” said festival organizer Steve Bell. Macon Downtown Community Association meeting this month.
The beer festival, which moved from August to October this year, begins at 8 a.m. with the Pint Pacer 5K in the Visit Macon parking lot at 450 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
At 8:45 a.m., kids 9 and under are invited to dress up as their favorite superhero to remind the men in their lives “not to let that bad guy, prostate cancer, get the better of them.” .
the Maco Downtown Rotary Clubnot hosts the annual event which benefits Pints for Prostatesa non-profit organization that invites men to learn about the dangers of prostate cancer through the “universal language of beer”.
“I love that we’re taking care of our guys through the month of October,” Karen Hix, president of the Downtown Macon Community Association, said during the virtual meeting.
Free $700 prostate screening tests will be available, while they last, for men at least 40 years old.
“Also this year we are also adding vaccinations (COVID-19),” Bell said.
More than 100 varieties of craft beer and wine will be available starting at 2 p.m. for VIPs at Piedmont Brewery and Kitchen on Second Street.
The taps will be open for $35 general admission between 3-7 p.m. at the corner of Third Street and Poplar.
One-mile “beer runs” will be held for individuals at 4:30 p.m. and for teams of four at 5 p.m.
Participants stop four times to drink a can of beer before continuing the race.
Bell urged downtown business owners to prepare for a crowd of more than 3,000 people expected between stages of live music.
“Only about 40% comes from Macon and Warner Robins,” Bell said. “The others come from all over the country.”
‘Howl-o-Ween Pawty’ for Puppies
At the end of the Oktoberfest, Barks N Brews will serve a “Blood Red Halloween Sangria Special” at its premiere Howl-O-Ween Pawty & Costume Contest.
From 5 p.m. until, costumed canines will compete for the best dog. Humans are also invited to dress up for the “best dog + owner” award.
“Pawtiers” could also end up on national television. TLC”7 Little Johnstonswill film an episode during the event, which also includes sales of Fatty’s Pizza.
haunted house tales
Historic Macon Foundation also gets in the mood with Sidney’s Salon at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 28 at their current headquarters at 338 Poplar Street.
Edwin “Itsi” Atkins, creator of “America’s First Haunted House,” will share his book “Blood Manor” which chronicles the transformation of the former convent of St. Michael’s Church in Ridge, MD, as the first live action of the country haunted lodge.
Admission is free, but guests must register in advance.
Bacon and Egg Halloween Baseball
Baseball fans get a serving of more than Macon Bacon in a Halloween classic at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 23.
The Bacons are back for one last game of 2021 as they take on the Macon Eggs in a 7 inning classic.
Teams will wear spooky Halloween costumes during the game and fans are encouraged to get creative and compete for prizes with their own costumes.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and “ghoulish drinks” will be available from concessions and kids can feast along the lobby.
There will be pumpkin smashing and lots of Halloween-themed music and entertainment.
Tickets are $15 for box and $10 for general admission.
Movies in my park
On Friday, October 22, the Macon Film Festival kicks off Halloween even earlier with the free outdoor screening of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in Tattnall Square Park.
Everyone is encouraged to bring a blanket and watch the film under the stars on what should be a mostly clear night in central Georgia.
The film should start around 7:30 p.m.
“Movies in My Park” is funded by a Downtown Challenge grant from the Community Foundation of Central Georgia.
Witches floating the Ocmulgee
If you’re looking for a mesmerizing afternoon on Sunday, October 23, Amerson River Park is the place to be – and it’s a short drive from downtown.
Witches, wizards and wizards are invited to spend a stay at the Ocmulgee River for the first chariot of the witches.
Costumed characters are asked to ditch the brooms for the paddles on their non-motorized flotation devices or a float rented from Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions.
Check-in begins at 2 p.m. and the first floats set sail at 3 p.m.
The last shuttle leaves at 5:30 a.m. to reach the start. Afterwards, a free witches brew will be served at Society Garden in Ingleside.
Registration is $35 per adult and $15 for children 16 and under. Proceeds benefit Macon Periods Easier and participants are encouraged to bring female product to donate and be eligible to win prizes including a $120 paddle excursion.
Senior Civic Journalism Researcher Liz Fabian covers government entities in Macon-Bibb County and can be reached at [email protected] or 478-301-2976.
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