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Early Halloween: 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend

It's not Halloween yet, but you'll find plenty of spooky-themed events going on this weekend in Atlanta. Parades, trick-or-treating, ghost stories and more are on the calendar, along with several 5K runs and a fall festival.

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Check out the following 16 things to do in metro Atlanta this weekend:


You'll find festival foods, children's activities, arts and crafts and more at Smyrna's Fall Jonquil Festival.
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Fall Jonquil Festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Village Green, 200 Village Green Circle, Smyrna. 770-431-2842. smyrnaga.gov.

The annual Fall Jonquil Festival features over 125 booths with handmade arts and crafts as well as puppet shows, local entertainment, live music, festival foods and children's activities.

Garden Gallop. 6:30 a.m. race day packet picket and late registration, 7:30 a.m. 1-Mile Fun Run, 8 a.m. 5K, 8:55 a.m. Tot Trot. Saturday, Oct. 26. $25 5K, $15 Fun Run, free Tot Trot. Downtown Kennesaw. kennesawgrandprix.com.

The last in this year's series of Kennesaw Grand Prix races, the Garden Gallop starts at Main Street and goes through Swift Cantrell Park. A post-race party will be held on City Plaza, and the race benefits the Smith-Gilbert Gardens.

Le Creuset Factory to Table Sale. Continues in two-hour time slots from Friday, Oct. 25 to Sunday, Oct. 27. $10 for 2-hour session, includes parking. Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta. Lecreuset.ticketspice.com.

Sign up in advance for a two-hour time slot and buy Le Creuset products from around the world at a special discount. Ticket sales will benefit Meals on Wheels America.

"ParaNorman." 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Free. Battery Atlanta, 800 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta. https://www.facebook.com.

Watch "ParaNorman," a stop-motion animated dark fantasy film, as part of the Xfinity Movie Series. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to spread out for flick, which is rated PG-13.


Bring the kids to trick or treat at the fifth annual Calloween.
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Calloween. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. $10 in advance, $12 at door. Includes admission, parking and trolley service. Artists and entertainers will accept tips. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta. 404-872-5338. callanwolde.org.

Join in the fun at the fifth annual Calloween, and bring the kids to trick-or-treat, play games, participate in art activities and more. An all-ages dance and costume party with big prizes  will also be held.

A Tour of Southern Ghosts. 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26. Tours start every 10 minutes. $12 adult pre-sale tickets through ART Station, $17 for adults at park, $8 for children. $20 parking permit per car. Stone Mountain Park, Historic Square, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Atlanta. stonemountainpark.com.

Professional storytellers share tales of Southern ghosts along lantern-lit paths. Each night offers a different cast of six story tellers, and proceeds benefit ART Station programs.

Decatur Haints and Saints Halloween Parade. 4 p.m. vehicles and floats line up, 4:30 p.m. walkers line up, 5 p.m. parade starts. Sunday, Oct. 27. Decatur Post Office, 520 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. http://www.decaturhalloweenparade.com/.

Join the parade and stay for a musical jam at the Bandstand on the Square afterward.

Howl-O-Ween. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Brookhaven Dog Park, 4158 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven. https://brookhavendogpark.org/home.

Bring your dog and have fun with a spooky pooch costume contest, doggie trick-or-treat, food trucks, vendors, adoption events and more.

North Fulton

Halloween Hikes. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26. $12 per person, free for kids 2 and under. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. 770-992-2055. chattnaturecenter.org.

The 34th annual Halloween Hike takes you through the forest, where you can meet woodland creatures and hear about how they live. Music, crafts, a campfire and other non-scary fun is also featured.

Trick or Treat at Avalon. 10 a.m.-noon. Saturday, Oct. 26. Free. 400 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. experienceavalon.com.

Bring your bag and trick or treat your way through a map of participating retailers who will be handing out candy and treats.

Kids can make Halloween goodies to take home this weekend at Sur la Table in Alpharetta.
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Kids' Spooktacular Treats. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. $49 per seat. Sur la Table at North Point Mall, 1082 North Point Circle, Alpharetta. 678-280-0086. surlatable.com.

Let kids age 8-12 make Halloween goodies to bring home, including mummy cookies, spider-decorated brownies and a witch's broom stick adorned with jack-o-lantern cake pops.

Big Pumpkin 5K Run. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. $30. CrossFit North Fulton, 700 Hembree Place East, Roswell. cottageschool.org.

CrossFit North Fulton is the start and finish location for this 5K, which benefits The Cottage School. A post-race fall festival will be held at CrossFit.


Howl on the Green. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Free. Duluth Town Green, 3167 Main St., Duluth. www.facebook.com.

Duluth's annual Halloween event hosts kids events like trick-or-treating from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and fire dancers, aerialists and more starting at 9 p.m.

Light Up Norcross Lantern and Costume Parade. 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25. Thrasher Park, 93 Park Drive, Norcross. norcrossga.net.

Rescheduled from last week due to weather, the lantern and costume parade – along with contests for each – gets underway Saturday. You can buy a lantern for $15 if you'd like, but it's not required.

Hogwarts at the Hudgens. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Free. Hudgens Center for Art & Learning, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 300, Duluth. 770-623-6002. thehudgens.org.

Bring the family as the Hudgens transforms into Hogwarts with plenty of fun activities. Costumes are encouraged.

Diwali – the Festival of Lights, Chopda Pujan & Fireworks. 3 p.m. Diwali Chopda Pujan, 7:30 p.m. Diwali Maha Arti & Fireworks. Sunday, Oct. 27. Parking at 6100 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker. baps.org.

Celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights that's one of the most auspicious days on the Hindu calendar. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the fireworks, tradition and culture of the Hindu faith hosted by BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir.

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