Fall is just around the corner! The leaves are beginning to change and there is a chill in the air creating the perfect setting for nights spent enjoying cozy bonfires, pumpkin carvings and spooky surroundings! Don’t just celebrate the season by adding pumpkin spice to everything you consume, the quaint North Georgia town of Calhoun invites you to come out and join in its upcoming fall festivities.
Get lost in Copper Creek Farm’s Corn Mazes (Throughout October)
Get the full fall experience at Copper Creek Farm! This local treasure has something for all ages from corn mazes to hay rides and bon fires. On Saturdays, the farm opens at 10am and features family friendly activities like the pumpkin cannon, pig races, gem mining, a kiddie maze and pony rides. After 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays, guests can choose to venture out into the giant flashlight maze or for the braver folks, the haunted maze. Not for those who quiver at the sound of a chainsaw! The $16 after dark admission gets you access to both mazes, hayrides and a bonfire complete with roasted marshmallows. New this year, there will be fireworks every Saturday night! The farm is open to the public every Friday and Saturday in October beginning September 30th and also on October 30th and 31st.
Family Fall Fun at Payne Farm (Throughout October)
Another local favorite for fall farm fun can be found at Payne Farm. This family-owned farm is open daily for shopping the selection of colorful mums and fresh veggies while your kids search for the perfect pumpkin to carve. Weekends in October feature a petting barn, haunted hayrides, corn cribs, barrel trains, outdoor movie nights, and more!
Experience a Real-Life Haunting at Resaca’s Confederate Cemetery & Resaca Battlefield Historic Site
For thrill seekers and ghost hunters a visit to Resaca’s Confederate Cemetery and Battlefield Historic Site are a spooky season must. Paranormal experts held investigative searches at both and recorded photos and audio of instances of paranormal activity. The Battlefield is where much of the heaviest fighting occurred during the first major battle of the “Atlanta Campaign.” The cemetery is the burial place of 450 Confederate soldiers who died fighting in the Battle of Resaca in May of 1864. Some of the soldiers buried at the site were identified but the majority of graves-424 of them to be exact-were marked unknown. Full of history and fueled by ghost stories, this eerie setting is the perfect place to explore to get you in the Halloween mood.
Candle Lighting at the Rock Garden (Sunday, Oct. 1 at 7pm)
If you’re looking for a non-spooky way to celebrate the season, join the Calhoun Seventh-day Adventist Church as they illuminate the night with their Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony at The Rock Garden. You won’t find any pumpkins here but with over 1,000 guests attending last year, this event is a favorite among residents and visitors, especially those with little ones. Hundreds of candles will line the eclectic structures and pathways of The ROCK Garden creating a luminescent atmosphere your whole family will appreciate. This free event also includes music and light refreshments. The lighting will take place at 7:10pm but guests are encouraged to come before and explore the Rock Garden before the sun goes down.
Fill your Pillow Cases with Candy at Downtown Calhoun’s Trick or Treat event (Tuesday, Oct. 31 Time TBA)
Let’s face it, trick-or-treating is a major highlight of Halloween- not just for the kids, but also their parents who indulge in their littles’ stockpiles after bedtime. Bring your little Batmans and Elsas to the Downtown Calhoun Trick or Treat event to ensure they don’t go home empty-handed. The event is sponsored by downtown businesses allowing the kids to go store to store collecting candy. This event is free and for kids 12 and under accompanied by their guardians.
For more information on Gordon County events, visit www.exploregordoncounty.com.