Updated list of fall festivals: Your guide to pumpkin patches, special events across Northwest Georgia.

Updated list of fall festivals: Your guide to pumpkin patches, special events across Northwest Georgia.

Hay rides offered at Cooper Creek Farms in Calhoun. (Facebook photo)
Hay rides offered at Cooper Creek Farms in Calhoun. (Facebook photo)

By Natalie Simms
nsimmshh@att.net

We will be updating our listing with Halloween events in the coming weeks. If you have an event to add, please email us at nsimmshh@att.net.

LATEST UPDATES

Oct. 30: Trunk or Treat at Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church in Silver Creek from 4-6 p.m. 

Oct. 31: The Downtown Trick-or-Treat event on Broad Street from 3-5 p.m. The Exchange Club of Rome will have volunteers on site to aid is crosswalk/street safety.

LOCAL PUMPKIN PATCHES

Carlton Farms, 1276 Cartersville Highway, Rockmart
The family-owned farm offers lots of activities for the family including a 5-acre corn maze, hayride, animal barn and children’s play area. Pumpkins are also available for purchase. Carlton Farms is open to the public each weekend through Nov. 5. Hours are Friday from 6-10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission cost is $7 for all ages (2 and under free) for hayride and activities. The corn maze only is $7, or you can do it all for $12 total. Carlton Farm

Copper Creek Farms, 1514 Reeves Station Road, Calhoun
Running every Saturday in October, the farm will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for its second annual Corn Maze and Pumpkin Fest. In addition to their maze, they will have a haunted maze geared to teens and young adults on Friday and Saturdays nights during the month of October from 6-11 p.m. In addition to the haunted maze, participants will also get to enjoy a hayride, bonfire and roasted marshmallows for the $16 entry fee. Among the various activities offered include gem mining, pig races, an animated chicken show, pony rides, petting barn, a 100 ft. barn loft slide, corn box, giant jumping pillow, steer roping, hay rides, a cow train ride and a monster pumpkin cannon. Copper Creek

Pettit Creek Farms, 337 Cassville Road, Cartersville
Pettit Creek Farms annual Pumpkin Fest will be open daily through Oct. 31. They will be closed on Mondays with the exception of Halloween. The farm has a variety of pumpkins for sale in “all shapes, sizes and colors” in prices ranging from $1 up to $25+. The farm also offers a family-friendly corn maze, petting zoo area, hayride and inflatables for the kids. Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for kids. Ages 2 and under are free. The entrance fee covers all the activities. They also offer pony rides, camel rides and Euro-Bungy for an additional fee. Hours are 2-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Pettit

Pumpkin Patch Farm, 230 Old Dixie Highway, Adairsville
The Pumpkin Patch Farm is ready for another big season of fall fun. The farm is open only on weekends during the month of October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The farm not only sells their own pumpkins, but also offers a selection of gourds, Indian corn, straw, corn stalks and various gifts. In addition to their produce, the Pumpkin Patch Farm offers a narrated hay ride, an animal barnyard, hay maze, and fun kids’ area including a stick horse corral, pumpkin ring toss and John Deere pedal tractors. Cost is $7.50 plus tax for both adults and children. Pumpkin Patch Farm

Pumpkin Patch at Trinity United Methodist Church, 606 Turner McCall Blvd., Rome
If you don’t want to go far, Trinity United Methodist Church at 606 Turner McCall Blvd. has a pumpkin patch of its own to help support its youth program. The pumpkin patch is open daily 12:30 until 7 p.m. Sunday and until 5 p.m. Monday.  Along with pumpkins, the church also sells hay bales, corn stalk, various Halloween decorations and baked goodies. They do storytelling, music, face painting and games for children every Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. More details will be announced soon. Trinity UMC

LEAFWATCH

State’s ‘LeafWatch’ returns: To help you find the best spots for fall color, Georgia’s State Parks will offer an online Leaf Watch travel planner in October and November, found at www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/LeafWatch. Leaf Watch is filled with top trails and overlooks, mountain cabins and campsites, fall events and hiking tips.  Shutterbugs are encouraged to share their favorite shots on the Georgia State Parks Facebook page and Instagram, tagging #GaLeafWatch and #GaStateParks. Rangers will post updates on how fall color is progressing in their parks. Some of Georgia’s top state parks for leaf watching include those in the mountains, such as Black Rock Mountain, Cloudland Canyon, Fort Mountain, Tallulah Gorge and Vogel. Park rangers have planned numerous events throughout October, including guided hikes and paddles, fall festivals, and Halloween hayrides and campground trick-or-treating. A list of events can be found at GeorgiaStateParks.org/events.

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