Pre-Halloween Fun Today at Open Streets Emory Village

Model railroads and a floating duck race arrive Sunday October 28, 2018 at Emory Village’s annual Open Streets party on at the roundabout on North Decatur Road.

“The model trains are going to be a huge hit with kids young and old,” predicts Todd Hill, Emory Village Alliance president. “The Piedmont Division of the National Model Railroad Association is bringing several trains to circle during the event and entertain the crowd from 2 to 6 p.m.” 

The duck race at 5 will bring families to the bridge over Peavine Creek. Environmentalists from the South Fork Conservancy will launch a flotilla of bright yellow ducks from the edge of the Druid Hills Golf Club. Prizes will be rewarded to the sponsors of the first ducks to reach the finish line at North Decatur Road.

“These new additions join the fun we’ve had since Open Streets Emory Village began six years ago,” says co-chair Becky Evans.

“It is always fun to introduce new people to model railroads,” says Sally Bando with the local train group. “Our garden-scale train will let children see the trained up close, and even pick up lollipops from some of the model freight cars.”

“We are glad Emory Village is promoting the beautiful creek running between the roundabouts on North Decatur Road,” says South Fork Conservancy Executive Director Kimberly Estep. “Reminding people of the beauty of this natural creek is an important part of restoring and maintaining it.”  

A Halloween costume parade for all ages of people launches the party at 2, with costume and best-in-show contests for dogs at 3. Another new activity this year is a pumpkin carving contest, beginning at 2:30 with judging at 4:30. Pumpkins are available for sale on site, or you can bring one from home. 

Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church sponsors “Trunk or Treat” from 2:30 to 4. Last year’s event included a dozen car and truck trunks decorated as haunted or otherwise-themed destinations for treats. 

Live music, food, brews, circus performers and street games draw hundreds of neighbors and friends each fall to enjoy car-free Emory Village streets near the main entrance to Emory University.If you must drive a car to get there, park for free in Emory’s parking deck at Barnes & Noble.

There will be non-stop music from a variety of performers, as well as dance demonstrations, a fire truck for children to touch, and games and activities for kids of all ages. Some activities may require a small fee.

Open Streets Emory Village is a pedestrian-friendly event presented in collaboration with DeKalb County by the all-volunteer Emory Village Alliance—a partnership of businesses, neighbors, and Emory University, whose mission is to continue to improve the vitality and accessibility of Emory Village as a work, play, and dine destination.


See the full schedule with more details.