Get out the plastic pumpkins, find a fun outfit and head out to events across Polk County as Halloween is right around the corner.

Already there’s been Slime Time, Spooky Spokes and fall festivals aplenty across the area, but now the real fun has begun as the time to trick (or trunk) or treating events and more have hit the calendar in recent days.

Now the big Halloween events downtown are coming up too.

Make sure to stop by Main Street in Cedartown for their annual Trick or Treating in downtown event. Local businesses will be out with candy on Halloween afternoon starting at 3:30 p.m. and continuing onward until 5:30 p.m., when a Halloween costume contest for youth will follow in Holloway Park.

A dog costume contest will follow that in the park as well.

Rockmart’s Festival of Treats is also being held on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Local businesses will be out with candy for Trick-or-Treaters, there’s a costume parade open for all participants in this year’s event, and much more.

The event is being sponsored by Family Savings Credit Union, the Downtown Rockmart Advisory Committee and the Polk County Chamber of Commerce.

Polk County Police’s third annual Trunk or Treat will be held on Halloween as well, scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at their headquarters at 73 Cline Ingram Jackson Road in Cedartown. All are invited to come and take part.

As part of the Chamber’s Halloween Hoopla schedule of events, local businesses are encouraged to dress up together in a theme on Halloween day next week. This could be a movie, a decade, anything.

Those who want to participate can send photos to by noon on October 31 to be posted on the Chamber Facebook page by 1 p.m.

Each “like” on the costume photos on the Chamber’s page counts as a vote. The business with the most likes on November 1 at noon wins a trophy.

In recent days, the Downtown Cedartown Association also announced on their Facebook the winner of this year’s Scarecrow contest. The “Bob Ross” scarecrow took first prize, put up by the Cedartown High School Art Club. Second place went to Brianda Pineda’s “Mariachi Florindo de Dia de Muentos” and third went to the Polk County Historical Society’s fancy entry.

Are there other Halloween events out there? Email or message the Standard Journal Facebook page with details, and additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Also, make sure to email photos or share them with us on Facebook of your Halloween decorations and costumes to go into the Oct. 30 edition of the Standard Journal.

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