Kennesaw News and Events – this weekend October 16-17

Kennesaw is kicking off this year’s Halloween Celebration with Touch a Truck and Fall-o-ween, plus a movie.  Brink the kids – it’s all free.  A Chili Cookoff and information for Think Melissa’s annual military drive round out this post.

Two Annual Kennesaw Events Return as Truck or Treat

This year, Kennesaw’s Annual Touch-A-Truck and Fall-O-Ween events have been combined for a one-day family-fun event! Join Kennesaw Parks & Rec for Truck-or-Treat on Saturday, October 16 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Swift-Cantrell Park!
Children can get up-close and personal with dozens of larger-than-life trucks, heavy construction and public safety equipment, cool cars and specialty vehicles. Participants can meet vehicle owners and operators while touching, climbing on and interacting with this exhibition of transportation.

The event will include a candy trail, costume contests, scavenger hunt, field games and music. The event will end with a showing of the original Ghostbusters (PG) after sundown. For comfort, event attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or low-back chairs. Pop-up tents, canopies or beach umbrellas that can obstruct the view of others are not permitted. Swift-Cantrell Park is located at 3140 Old 41 Highway. Parking is available inside the park, and at neighboring Kennesaw Elementary School.

This year’s Truck-or-Treat event is presented by Superior Plumbing. For more information, visit or call Kennesaw Parks & Recreation at 770-422-9714.

Chili Cook-Off

The Kennesaw Police Department will be participating in the 2021 Chili Cook-Off Competition on October 16, 2021 at Horned Owl Brewing, 2765 S. Main, Kennesaw from 11-3. Competition is between first responders and veterans groups. Tickets are $25.00 and includes 1 drink, 50/50 raffle entry, chili tastes. All proceeds benefit the Cobb County Public Safety Foundation and United Military Care. Come on out to taste and vote on your favorite chili! This event is co-sponsored by Horned Owl Brewing and Piedmont Injury Law. Visit for more information.


Military Care Package Drive!

Please help the Think Melissa Team send Christmas care packages to our deployed service members. It is a wonderful way to show our appreciation for all they sacrifice for us.

Come and join us at the packing event, where we will assemble the care packages and disseminate them. The packing event will be held on 11/04, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Location: Westport Clubhouse (1536 Halisport Lake Drive, Kennesaw 30152)
Care package donations / needed please: gum, hard candy (NO JOLLY RANCHERS or nothing that will melt), trail mix, granola bars, Christmas (non-perishable) related cookies or candies, current magazines, beef jerky, individual powdered drink mixes (Gatorade as an example), dental products, travel sized wet wipes, small travel games, small footballs, playing cards, books, all toiletries (male and female), deodorant (NO AEROSOLS PLEASE) lip balm, sunscreen (lotion only), Sudoku, Crosswords, Brainteasers, etc.

The donation drop off points are: our office, The School Box, Inc. in Kennesaw, 9 Rounds in Kennesaw or we will coordinate with you to pick up your donations.

In support of our annual Military Care Package drive, we will also need financial donations to mail the boxes to the deployed service members. Please call or email me, if you are interested in making a financial donation for the shipping costs. or 770-310-3269.  All cash donations and donated care package items are needed by 10/29 . Full information available at