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Halloween happenings in Dawson County
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Dawson County children are in for a ghoulishly good time this Halloween.

Several safe and fun activities are available for teens, children and parents. Starting tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Dawson County Library, a free dinner and Teen Halloween Party are scheduled from 6:30 to 8, followed by a costume contest and all the candy your bellies can hold. Teens also may get their fortunes told by Madame Zoloft.

On Friday evening, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7, Dawson County Parks & Recreation will welcome children and parents to its Trunk-or-Treat event at Rock Creek Park. The event provides children with a safe place to trick-or-treat. Rock Creek is a well-lighted area that provides plenty of parking, restrooms, and easy access to fun. There is a designated area in the park sectioned off with no vehicle traffic permitted. Admission is free, as are most activities. Concessions will be available for purchase.Last year, approximately 900 children participated -- a 300 percent increase over the inaugural event in 2012 -- and 100,000 pieces of candy were given away.

We love that we are able to offer fun activities for the entire family that dont break the bank, Buffie Hamil, program coordinator with the Dawson County Parks and Recreation, said. We have amazing sponsors in our community .

Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge offers Scooby-Doo Mystery, The Mystery of Amicalola Gold, hayride and games from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.

Uncle Shucks hosts a Haunted Corn Maze Halloween weekend. Its Dark Rows is an outdoor haunted attraction lighted only by the clear blue glow of the moon. Its website describes it as a wickedly fun nighttime journey into the twisted trails of the moonlight cornfield.

Just be warned, you will not be alone, the website says. The misty October night air always seems to bring out the worst in this little patch of corn.

Ticket sales for the maze will be cut off at 10 p.m. Admissions prices are: haunted maze and two regular mazes, $13 per person; or, maze and hayride combo, which includes the haunted maze, hayfield, bonfire with marshmallow and two regular mazes, $16 per person. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent. Uncle Shucks is located at 4520 Hwy. 53, East. A portion of the proceeds go to Dawson County High School, the owner says.

On the other side of Dawson County is Bucks Corn Maze. Born in 1916, W.Z. Buck Samples moved to Dawson in 1955. He farmed our red clay for 50 years before retiring. Samples loved to have friends come visit and enjoy the beautiful views and peaceful countryside. Although Buck is gone, his 12-acre corn maze lives on.

According to its website, the maze is as much fun in the daytime as it is in the evening. Bring a flashlight for nighttime fun. The maze is located at 1923 New Hope Rd. Hours are: Sunday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 per person for maze and hayride combo. Children 11 and older, $8; ages 10 and under, $7; ages 4 and under, free with paid adult. Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Last tickets will be sold 30 minutes before closing.

REACH Church in downtown Dawsonville is hosting a Halloween party, Friday, Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Located at 751 Hwy. 53, in the old Freds building, the church will provide hot dogs, drinks, face painting and a jumping tent. Admission is free.

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