EAST COBB, Ga. — It’s become a fall tradition for many families in the area – collecting candy from the different shops at The Avenue East Cobb.

“It's the biggest event of the year for us,” Marketing Coordinator Caroline Alred said. “Countless families, thousands show up to go trick-or-treating from store to store and do pumpkin decorating. Kids can decorate their own trick or treat bag. We will have face painters, balloon artists, stilt-walkers, caricaturists. They can meet superheroes, Disney princesses, all those types of things.”

The annual event, which is free to the public, has a new addition this year - a petting zoo. Everything takes place in an area that’s usually full of cars rushing in and out of the parking lot, but Alred says this is a safe event.

“We will have security here to direct everyone where to park, and we have overflow parking as well,” she said.

The Fall Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. Workers met Thursday to discuss a time change because of some rainy weather in the forecast, but they’re hoping nothing has to be changed. Alred says people can stay up-to-date by monitoring social media.

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