THE COUNTRY CLUB: 2834 Washington Road; Heroes and Villains Halloween Party on Saturday, with Nashville country/bluegrass/rock act KingBilly; doors open at 7 p.m.; $3 for women and $5 for men; www.augustacountry.com
THE LOFT: 927 Broad St.; The Rocky Horror Show on Friday; (706) 828-6600, myspace.com/theloftaugusta
ISLANDS CARIBBEAN BAR AND LOUNGE: 982 Broad St.; Caribbean Style Halloween Party with DJ Spudd on Saturday; (706) 504-3685
PAT'S MARTINI BAR: 201 Richland Ave., Aiken; Halloween Night with Terry and Jordan, 8:30 p.m. Saturday; (803) 648-1028
THE PLAYGROUND: 978 Broad St.; Halloween Party with Tommy OD and the Survivors Saturday; (706) 724-2232
SHANNON'S: 300 Shartom Drive; Halloween Party Saturday; (706) 860-0698; shannonsfood andspirits.com
SKY CITY: 1157 Broad St.; Halloween '80s night on Saturday; doors open at 8 p.m.; $5; www.skycityaugusta.com
SOUL BAR: 984 Broad St.; costumed edition of DJ Coco Rubio's Disco Hell-oween on Friday; doors open at 8 p.m.; www.soulbar.com
SOMEWHERE IN AUGUSTA: 2820 Washington Road; Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday; (706) 739-0002, somewhereinaugusta.com
TROPICABANA LATIN CLUB: 1251 Broad St.; Bats in the Tropi Halloween Costume Bash with DJ Rodriguez on Saturday; (706) 828-8500
WHERE: 1110 Dodge Lane, Grovetown; from downtown Augusta, take U.S. Highway 78 west, then right on Old Dodge Lane, which becomes Dodge Lane
HOURS: 8 p.m. until last in line; through Sunday and Nov. 5-8
WHAT'S THERE: Guests are guided through a house, barn, camp area and trail. Horror movie characters make appearances.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Halloween is blackout night; bring a flashlight.
TICKETS: $18 general admission, $15 with three or more canned goods, $13 for military. VIP passes cost $30.
WHERE: 4304 Sudan Road, Martinez; take Interstate 20 west to the Wheeler Road exit, then turn right, then left on Tower Drive, which dead-ends at Sudan Road. Turn right on Sudan.
HOURS: 7-11 p.m. through Halloween
WHAT'S THERE: A maze through a 40,000-square-foot warehouse. Scary guides tell you which direction to go next.
SPECIAL EVENTS: The Columbia County school with the most in attendance will receive a $500 donation.
TRUNK OR TREAT FALL FESTIVAL: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday; First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way; free glow necklaces, carnival games, and inflatables. Hot dogs, drinks and cotton candy for 50 cents each, and hamburgers and funnel cakes for $1. (706) 733-2236
FALL FESTIVAL: 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday; Whispering Pines Baptist Church, 4573 Windsor Spring Road, Hephzibah; food, games and fun costumes; (706) 592-4862
TRUNK N TREAT: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday; Pine View Baptist Church, 119 Pleasant Home Road; free food, games and prizes; (706) 922-5786
HALLELUJAH NIGHT: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday; New Destiny Ministries, 3124 Wrightsboro Road; free food, candy, dancing, drama, Godly costume contest and praise; (706) 364-2537
SINGLES DANCE: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday; The Ballroom Dance Center, 525 Grand Slam Drive, Evans; $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers; (706) 863-9262
COSTUME DANCE: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday; the Ga-Lina Christian Singles, Social Studio in Village West shopping plaza, 3157 Washington Road; $10 for nonmembers, $8 for members; (706) 863-1214
FALL FESTIVAL: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Burns Memorial United Methodist Church, 2372 Lumpkin Road; free food, games, inflatables and a hayride; (706) 798-1454.
HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE: 2:30 p.m. Sunday; First Baptist Church of Stapleton, 1640 Gene Howard Road, Stapleton, Ga.; (706) 547-4087
- Keep trick-or-treaters safe by making them visible to drivers. Use flashlights, reflectors and glow sticks.
- Children also must be able to see others, so swap loose-fitting masks for makeup.
- Look for flame-retardant costumes.
- Make children wear shoes that fit well.
- Children should be attended at all times and those age 10 and younger should be with an adult.
- Richmond County sheriff's Sex Crimes Investigator Bonnie Basile suggested that parents check online to find out where the homes of sex offenders are using the Augusta Web site, www.augustaga.gov.
- Give older children your cell phone if they don't have their own. Make them stick to a planned route and go only to homes of people they know.
- Check all of the candy, said Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Calvin Chew. Throw away opened candy and homemade baked goods.
- Feed children right before they go to trick-or-treat so they aren't tempted to snack.
-- Rene Hopkins, coordinator of Safe Kids East Central, and sheriff deputies
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. --- Most kids love Halloween, but many employers anticipate its arrival with a sense of dread.
The primary reason for workplace angst: How do you control employees who want to dress up in Halloween costumes for the workday?
Susan Kemp, senior labor law counsel for the Sacramento-based California Chamber of Commerce, says it's simple: Spell out the rules to the workers.
"It comes down to: What's your policy with your dress code, and are you going to change it for Halloween?" Ms. Kemp said. "It's very important that employers make clear what they will allow and what they will not allow, before it becomes a problem or an issue in the workplace."
If your office hasn't made the guidelines clear, use some common sense today.
In other words, it's probably not a good idea to dress as Count Dracula when you're closing a multimillion-dollar business deal with a longtime client.
And then there are issues of appropriateness.
Ms. Kemp said she's heard of in-office Halloween costumes depicting prostitutes and their pimp. Bad idea.
Sexually suggestive costumes are taboo, and potentially serious trouble for business operators.
"The last thing you want is something that could result in a sexual harassment claim at work," Ms. Kemp noted. "I think you have to be specific in your dress code. If you're going to allow costumes, what will you allow, especially with regard to what is sexually provocative or suggestive or whatever? ...
"Let's say your dress code says no aggressively short shorts, then you're not going allow someone to be Daisy Mae (the voluptuous character in the 'Li'l Abner' comic strip) for the day."
-- McClatchy Newspapers
GREATER NORTH AUGUSTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SPOOKY TO BE HUNGRY CAMPAIGN: Drop off nonperishable food items from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the chamber, 406 West Ave., North Augusta; (803) 279-2323
HALLOWEEN DROP-IN: 3-5 p.m. today, Aiken County Sheriff's Office, 420 Hampton Ave. N.E., Aiken; sheriff's office employees will give children candy; (803) 642-1770
DESSERT WITH A GHOST: 7-8 p.m., 9-10:30 p.m. today-Saturday and Nov. 6-7, 13-14; The Historic Doris Building, 930 Broad St.; fright pass ($10 ages 3-9, $15 adult) includes show and dessert bar; reservations required; (706) 925-2784, www.dessertwithaghost.com
HORRORVILLE: Haunted attraction in New Ellenton; 8 p.m. to midnight each night through Halloween; $7 for adults, $5 for ages 10 and younger; horrorvillehaunted house.com
FALL FEST: Graystone Ranch, 1017 McManus Road, Hephzibah, 7:30 to 11 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; animals, hiking trails, a pumpkin patch, food, a hay maze and, after dark, a haunted forest; $10 adults, $5 for kids; graystoneranch.com
JACK-O'-LANTERN JUBILEE: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Boeckh Park, Hammond's Ferry, North Augusta; games, rides, food, crafts, entertainment, children's costume contest; hammondsferry.com
bark-tober fest: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Pendleton King Park, Bark Park, 1600 Troupe St.; contests for dogs; prizes from Fetch in Surrey Center; 10 a.m. registration for contests; free admission
AFTERNOON FUNFEST: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Diamond Lakes Community Center, 103 Diamond Lakes Way, Hephzibah; indoor carnival with games and prizes; sponsored by Friends of Hephzibah; free; (706) 560-9990
GA-LINA CHRISTIAN SINGLES HALLOWEEN DANCE PARTY: 7-11 p.m. Saturday, The Social Inc., 3157 Washington Road; costume contest, prizes, refreshments; no smoking, no alcohol; $8 members, $10 others; www.ga-linasingles.com
TRICK-OR-TREAT ON NEWBERRY STREET: 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Newberry Street Festival Center, downtown Aiken; free; for ages 12 and younger; games, inflatables, food, candy; (803) 642-7631
KACKLEBERRY FARM CORN MAZE: 1025 Verdree Road, Louisville, Ga.; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 8; 7-acre corn maze, livestock, food, a corn cannon and pig racing; flashlight runs through the maze are available at night, you supply the flashlight; $11 general admission, $8 seniors and $9 for military, law enforcement or medical personnel, no charge for ages 2 and younger; (478) 625-7552