Halloween Happenings

Here are a few things going on right now that will get you ready for Halloween next week…

*5th annual Commissioner’s Cauldron- Residents and businesses are invited to decorate for Halloween and submit a photo to specialevents@decaturga.com by noon on Monday, October 27th.  Please include your name and address. Judges will make their decision Monday evening and the winners will be posted on the City of Decatur website, the Downtown Decatur Facebook page, and on www.thedecaturminute.com blog.  Winners will receive a special yard sign to display throughout the week and one stand-out location will win the coveted Commissioner’s Cauldron trophy to keep on display for the entire year.

*Salon Red Kids Halloween Costume Contest-Here is what they say: “Don’t forget about wearing your Halloween costume when you come to visit us this month. You could win a $25 gift card & a FREE haircut if you win this months costume contest at either location! ”

*This Sunday is the Homegrown Halloween Haints & Saints Parade in downtown Decatur. Parade begins at 4pm, more details here


On Friday, October 17th, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day will come through downtown Decatur from about 11:15am until about 3:30pm. Walkers and spectators will be on the sidewalks but please be patient as there may be some traffic delays. Crowds will be the heaviest in front of the DeKalb History Center.

The Decatur Craft Beer Festival is being help on the Decatur Square on Saturday, October 18th from 11am-5:00pm.   N. McDonough St, East Court Square, and Ponce de Leon Ave (between Clairemont and Chursh St) will be closed for the duration of this event. The event is Sold out and is held rain or shine.



UPDATE to the update: DeKalb County estimates it will take 30 days for its crew to finish upgrading the water system, weather permitting. Once that is done, final paving of Ansley St. will be completed.

The repaving of Ansley St. started on Monday, and as sometimes happens, an unexpected water leak issue developed. The city is currently working with DeKalb County to replace and upgrade the water system underneath Ansley St. before finishing the repaving process.

The good news is this means once everything is complete Ansley St. will have a new, smooth surface AND an upgraded water system. The only downside is Ansley St. will be torn up for a bit longer than anticipated. Once an updated work schedule is finalized we will share it here on this blog.

Questions? Contact the Design, Environment and Construction Division at 404-370-4104 and ask for John Madajewski.


Join the Decatur Police Department and Decatur Active Living for a Bicycle Registration and Safety Event.

Bike Safety

Register your bike, receive a helmet safety check, and ride the “safety course” to learn bike safety, hand signals, rules of the road.

This event is offered FREE to the community! Hosted by: Decatur Housing Authority

When: Saturday, October 18th, 10 am – Noon
Where: Rear driveway to the right of The Oliver House (1450 Commerce Drive) between Commerce Drive and Electric Avenue.

For additional information, please contact jennifer.ross@decaturga.com or cheryl.burnette@decaturga.com

Join us for guided Civil War walking tours in downtown Decatur. The hour-long tour begins in the Lobby of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse and complements our new exhibit, Tears and Curses: A Human Perspective on the Civil War. You will learn about the early history of the county, the effects of the war on the civilian population in DeKalb, the Atlanta campaign, and the Battle of Decatur.

Various Dates and Times (click here for complete list):

  • Friday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 28, noon

Historic DeKalb Courthouse, Main Floor

$10 for adults, $6 for kids (age 6 – 18), under 5 free with an adult

For reservations call 404-373-1088, extension 20, or click for email.

Decatur Retail Tidbits

lsos rootbeer fest

Every couple of months we host a meeting just for our local shop owners to catch up on news and promotions. Here’s some of the things we learned about at our fall retail meeting last week:

Little Shop of Stories is hosting their annual Root Beer Festival on Friday, Oct. 17 (the day before the Decatur Craft Beer Festival). They’re also still collecting pennies for their penny floor! www.littleshopofstories.com

Worthmore Jewelers is hosting a number of upcoming events. On Saturday, Oct. 18 bring your old silver by the shop for the silver restoration event. At the end of the month, bring in your Halloween candy for the shop’s annual Stars and Stripes Candy Collection and it’ll be sent to our oversea troops. Stay tuned for more info about their upcoming holiday gingerbread contest. www.worthmorejewelers.com

Fabu Face Spa is offering a special Orange Pumpkin Harvest Facial for the fall – herbal cleansing, sweet milk, and orange scrub, yam and pumpkin enzyme and hydrating mask. www.fabufacespa.com

The 17 Steps will be celebrating it’s 38th anniversary on Nov. 6 – the first Terrific Thursday of the season! www.the17steps.com

The City of Decatur has issued a film permit for Monday, October 13th in downtown Decatur. Two locations, Worthmore Jewelers and Eddie’s Attic will be used for the project. City of Decatur police will be present during the project and possible intermittent traffic control may be used on E. Court Square for brief periods of time.

We appreciate your patience during this project.

As part of its 2014 annexation master planning process, the City of Decatur is currently accepting petitions to request annexation as well as requests to not be annexed. To be considered in the upcoming process, all completed petitions are due to the City Manager’s Office by Noon, Friday, October 24th.

Between now and the end of October, the City of Decatur and the City Schools of Decatur will be gathering information and scheduling public meetings. More information about the dates and locations of the public meetings is forthcoming. The City Commission and the Board of Education will meet together in a joint work session on Wednesday, November 12th to hear recommendations regarding the annexation master plan. The time and location for the meeting have not yet been set.

If you want to learn more about the City of Decatur’s proposed annexation plan, please visit www.decaturga.com/annexation. Here you’ll find the proposed map, answers to FAQs, and sample petition forms.

From our friends at the DeKalb County Board of Health -

Flu flyer-Oct

Decatur High School celebrates Homecoming week with a parade that begins at 5:30pm today. The route takes the parade from the high school, up West Howard turning onto Commerce Drive, turns right on W. Ponce de Leon, through downtown Decatur, right on Church Street, right on Trinity, and back to Decatur High School on McDonough Street.

This will be a rolling street closure-streets will close and re-open as soon as the parade passes through each part of Decatur.

Have a safe and happy Homecomming!