Want to put a little fright in your nights this Halloween weekend?
Take a drive after dark on lonely country roads to Templeton's Haunted Graveyard & Trail at 4412 Georgia Highway 24, near Louisville, Ga. A crew of 35 people help put on this spooky attraction where surprises lie around every corner. The trail drew 600 people last year, and new features have been added.
It's open 7-10 tonight, 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday and 7-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Admission is $3. Concessions will be available. To get there, take Georgia Highway 56 (Mike Padgett Highway) south through Waynesboro. Bear right onto Georgia Highway 24 East. About 6.5 miles past the Vidette city limits, you'll see signs for the trail at 4412 Highway 24. Driving time from Augusta is 45 minutes to an hour.
Here's a list of haunted houses, Halloween events, and other activities scheduled for this weekend:
NIGHTMARE ON GEORGIA AVENUE:
This North Augusta haunted house is a local favorite. The self-guided tour, designed for adults and children 12 and older, is open from 7:30 p.m. until, today, Sunday and on Halloween. The house is on Georgia Avenue in North Augusta, across from Gary's Hamburgers and next to Parks Pharmacy. Admission is $5, and proceeds go to local charities.
HOUSE OF HORRORS:
Producing chills for charity, the Masters City Sertoma Club will unleash its own set of terrors. The House of Horrors runs from 7 to midnight nightly through Halloween. It's at 3647 Wrightsboro Road, one mile west of the Bobby Jones Expressway. Admission is $5.
North Augusta's fall fest takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today on Georgia Avenue in North Augusta. The event features food, games, crafts, a children's costume contest, a haunted house, rides and music by Augusta country band Shiloh. For more information, call 441-4300.
Augusta State University will hold its annual Haunted Ball from 8 to midnight tonight in Washington Hall on campus. Entertainment will be provided by the band (Jem-a-ni) and techno DJs Freeman and Holocaust. Admission is $3.
Seasonal fun for children of all ages, including carnival games, rides, costume and pumpkin-carving contests and trick-or-treating, will be offered from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the H.O. Weeks Center, Whiskey Road in Aiken. Admission is $2 for children 2 and older, no charge for toddlers younger than 2.
A blend of frightening family fun and science will be offered at Fort Discovery from 6 to 9 tonight. The museum at Riverwalk Augusta and Sixth Street has a variety of special Halloween activities planned, including a costume parade, scientific demonstrations, goody bags and refreshments. Admission is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. For more information, call 821-7631.
SUMMERVILLE TOUR OF HOMES 2000:
While the houses may not be haunted, a fair number are big and old. The Summerville Neighborhood Association will hold its 23rd tour of homes from noon to 6 p.m. today and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $20 for all 10 residences or $5 per home. Tickets are available at tour headquarters at the Augusta State University Maxwell Alumni House, 2339 McDowell St. In connection with the tour, a Summerville parade will be held at 10 a.m. today. The route includes McDowell Street, Johns Road, Walton Way and Monte Sano Avenue. A Monte Sano street fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will include food, music, children's entertainment and specials by area merchants. For more information, see the Web site summervilleaugusta.com.
First Baptist Church of Evans, at the corner Washington and Belair Roads, will hold a Trunk-or-Treat and fall festival event from 6 to 8 tonight. Activities will include a balloon bust, cake walk, puppet show and decorated car trunks. The public is invited to come and enjoy free hot dogs and drinks.
Kids Care Connections Inc. will hold its first Walk for Autism 2000 at 1 p.m. today at Augusta Riverwalk at Eighth and Reynolds streets. Check-in for walkers will be noon. Free parking is available. For more information, call Andrea Smith at (888) 816-0060.
Trinity-on-the-Hill United Methodist Church will hold its annual holiday bazaar and mission market today and Sunday in the gymnasium and fellowship hall at the church on Monte Sano Avenue.
The event will feature an attic/garage sale, homemade baked goods, crafts, a silent auction and a cafe. Several missions will be on hand to explain their services. The bazaar will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call Clyde Lester at 736-5162.
The Congregation Children of Israel will hold its annual Jewish Festival, beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday at 3005 Walton Way. The event will feature Jewish food, children's games, entertainment and culture and history. For more information, call 736-3140.
On Sunday, the Augusta Museum of History will play host to a book signing and lecture by Augusta's Alethia Nowell, author of Trustees of the Town. The lecture and signing begins at 2:30 p.m., and reservations are required. Call 722-8454.
A pet-costume contest is part of this event presented by the CSRA Humane Society. Pets will be judged in a variety of categories. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Sunday at Julian Smith Casino. Judging begins at 1 p.m.
BARBECUE AND SILENT AUCTION:
Sacred Heart Cultural Center and the Hale House Foundation will hold a barbecue and silent auction at 6 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart. Dress is casual, and tickets are $10 per person. For more information, call the Sacred Heart Foundation at 826-4700.
Linda Lee Harper, an Augusta poet and English lecturer at the University of South Carolina Aiken, will present a walking tour of the Morris Museum's 20th-century Southern art and Southern literature and discuss the Southern Gothic literary tradition at 2 p.m. Sunday at Morris Museum of Art, 10th St. The program is free. For more information call 724-7501.