Monthly Archives: October 2015

Atlanta Fall Festivals and Halloween Attractions



Atlanta Halloween events



Fall is the time for pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pies, fall festivals and trick-or-treating! Atlanta has many Halloween themed events from visiting pumpkin patches to getting scared at Halloween staged attractions.

Atlanta Family Fall Festivals and Halloween Events

There are many fall festival, pumpkin patches and Halloween events that are for the entire family in the Atlanta area. These activities are catered more to families with younger children. Check with your local city for more information on Halloween celebrations in the community. Below is a list of just a few of the fall festivals, pumpkin patches and events in and around the Atlanta area.

Jonesboro First United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch

Jonesboro First United Methodist Church host their annual pumpkin patch until October 31st. The Pumpkin Festival is Saturday, October 24th with food, crafts, fun and games. There will be a costume party on October 31st with costume contents for the entire family. Plus, don’t forget to pick up your seasonal pumpkins, gourds and decorative stalks.

Stone Mountain State Park Pumpkin Festival

The big fall festival in the Atlanta area is at Stone Mountain State Park’s Pumpkin Festival. The festival has costume parties and contests, crafts, family shows, a spooky maze and more. To go along with the spooky season, there is also the Tour of Southern Ghost Storytelling Festival through October 25th, where ghost stories are shared as guests walk along the lantern-lit paths of the Antebellum Plantations grounds.

Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Uncle Shuck’s Farm hosts a pumpkin patch fall festival with corn mazes, hay rides and other family activities through the Halloween season. Families can explore the corn maze, create or find fall decorations, discover the perfect pumpkin and much more. At dusk, there is a haunted maze, bonfires and hayrides.

Atlanta Zoo has Boo at the Zoo

The Atlanta Zoo offers its annual Halloween celebration, Boo at the Zoo Saturday and Sundays, October 24, 25 and 31st. The family event has trick-or-treating, crafts, costume contests, an inflatable corn maze and entertainment in the zoo setting.

Owl O’ Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Owl O’ Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival is held at Kennesaw State University October 23rd and 24th.  The festival features a balloon glow flight, tethered hot air balloon rides, trick or treating, extreme pumpkin carvers, food vendors and more. There is an interactive kid’s zone and many stages for live music and entertainment. There will also be an Oktoberfest celebration for the weekend!

Haunted Houses and Attractions in Atlanta

If you are looking for more modern spooky and scary events, then there are many haunted house options in the Atlanta area. USA Today listed the top 10 Atlanta haunted houses in an article published in 2014. Below are just a few of the haunted attractions in the area:

Netherworld Haunted House

The Netherworld Haunted House in Norcross, Georgia, has been voted the best Halloween attraction in the Atlanta area for multiple years. This walk-through haunted complex has live actors, special effects and incredible monsters. It has been featured on Travel Channel and CNN. Netherworld is open every Friday and Saturday through November 7th.

Fright Fest at Six Flags

Fright Fest, Six Flag’s annual Halloween celebration at Six Flags over Georgia, runs on select nights through November 1st.  By day, the park hosts family friendly costume contests, arts and crafts and other special events. By night, the park is transformed into a haunted amusement park with scare zones, frightening rides and haunted houses.

13 Stories

13 Stories is a 13 story haunted house filled with multiple haunted houses. This haunted house is made to be more intense and scary than your typical haunted attractions and has been nominated for the 10 best extreme haunted attractions in the country. 13 Stories is open through November 13th.

There is so much to see and do for the Halloween holiday in the Atlanta area. Storage World is proud to be part of the great Atlanta area. Stop by any of our 3 Atlanta self storage locations in Decatur, Jonesboro, or Stockbridge wishes everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!


Tips For Packing a Moving Truck


How to load a moving truckIt is no secret that moving is a stressful event. Moving requires a lot of planning and preparations. One of the first decisions that need to be made when m major decision that has to be made when arations. oving is to decide if you will be moving on your own by renting a moving truck, from a company, such as U-Haul, or if you are going to hire a moving company.

When renting a moving van, truck, or trailer there are certain steps that should be followed to make the rental experience easier.  If you reserve the moving truck online, verify where you are picking up and returning the truck. Before driving the moving truck off of the lot, make sure to visually inspect the vehicle for broken lights, leaks or other damages. It is also very important to have a packing strategy for your move as well as packing a moving truck. In order to save time and money when renting a truck, have everything that you are moving ready to go the day of the truck rental.  If you plan ahead, you can save money on gas, mileage, and time when you are renting.

How to Load a Moving Truck

Make sure that you get the size of the U-Haul that you need for your belongings. If you only have a few items, then you will not need a large moving truck. The key is to plan ahead thinking of what you need to move as well as being creative and concise in packing the moving truck. It is crucial to pack the truck correctly to utilize every space and to protect your belongings during transit.

  • Have all of the moving supplies, such as a moving dolly, furniture padding, tarps to cover your items, packing tape and straps to keep your items in place on the truck that you will need in order to make your moving day easier.
  • As you load your belongings into the truck, distribute the weight of your belongings evenly on both sides of the truck. Do not overload the truck’s weight limit as this could cause a drag to the truck, which results in using more gasoline.
  • Load large appliances into the truck first. Place these at the back of the truck against the wall closest to the cab. Keep these appliances upright and covered by a tarp.
  • When loading furniture onto a moving truck, place items such as mattresses, box springs, headboards, couches and table tops upright against the longest wall of the truck. Then, cover them with mattress and furniture pads. Dissemble bed frames and tables and place them near the table tops or mattresses.
  • After the furniture and larger items are put in the truck, then start loading in the packed boxes. Fill in all empty area towards the back of the truck with boxes first and then move forward. Put the heavier boxes on the bottom of the stack of boxes and the lighter boxes should be on top. Stack the boxes to the ceiling of the truck with keeping like-sized boxes stacked together.
  • Fill in leftover spaces with items that can be used as buffers such as bags of clothing, linens, bedding or pillows.
  • Load the most fragile items last on the truck.
  • When packing, also designate a few boxes as “open first”. These boxes would contain items that you would need right away in your new destination such as paper towels, bathroom needs, garbage bags and some tools.

Sometimes you might just need to move your items into a storage unit. Storage World offers a free move-in truck at participating facilities for first-time renters. Find out more about this offer when you rent your storage unit at one of our 3 Atlanta area storage facilities.

By following simple moving and packing tips, you can fit everything that you need to in your moving truck and make the moving experience much easier. There will always be surprise set-backs on moving day, but if you know that you have planned as much ahead that you can then, you will be much happier.

Storage World Helps South Carolina Flooding Victims


Samaritan's Purse for Flooding in South Carolina





The outer bands of Hurricane Juaquin and a stalled low pressure weather front brought inches of epic rain to North and South Carolina over the weekend setting rainfall records and flooding entire towns. While the weather has been clearing, there is still growing concerns for dams breaking and flooding downstream causing even more damage. Currently, in South Carolina alone over 400,000 people were under a “boil water” advisory. So far, 17 people have died in weather related incidents-15 in South Carolina and 2 in North Carolina, and there have been hundreds of water rescues by local and national authorities. President Obama has declared the states disaster areas and the National Guard has been deployed in both North and South Carolina to help in the rescue efforts. Samaritan’s Purse North American Ministries Disaster Relief has deployed a team to the hardest hit areas affected by the rain and flooding. They have sent a truck filled with generators, tools and supplies and other needed supplies to start getting the survivors of the flood back on their feet again.

Donations for South Carolina Flooding Victims

Storage World is partnering with Samaritan’s Purse in collecting monetary donations for the victims of the recent flooding in South Carolina. Storage World will be accepting donations at their 3 locations in Decatur/South DeKalb,  Stockbridge/McDonough, and Jonesboro/South Atlanta. Storage World will also be donating $1,000 directly to help the flooding relief effort.

What is Samaritan’s Purse?

Samaritan’s Purse is a non-profit, non-denominational evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. The organization was founded in 1970. Along with assisting in disaster relief around the world, they also work with local, regional and national organizations such as: Children’s Heart Project, Greta Home and Academy, Operation Christian Child, Operation Heal our Patriots, the Greatest Journey, US Disaster Response and World Medical Mission. You can help with their mission by making a donation through their website or by volunteering for the organization.

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