Originally created 10/31/00

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The following tips for Halloween pet safety are from Dr. Scott Goldstein, director of veterinary services for the pet-supply Web site Petopia.com:

- Don't share your Halloween candy with pets. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and cats. It can upset their stomachs and damage their teeth.

- Store the candy your trick-or-treaters bring home out of paw's reach.

- Owners of black and dark-gray cats should keep close tabs on their pets in the days leading up to Halloween, keeping them indoors so they won't be stolen or become the victim of Halloween pranks.

- Keep your pet in another room when opening and closing the door to trick-or-treaters. A pet can easily escape, and a steady stream of strangers can make some pets anxious.

- If you take your pet trick-or-treating, keep it on a leash and make sure it has proper ID tags in case it gets lost.


Chrysler is warning people to watch for prowlers on Halloween. Just in time for the holiday, the auto manufacturer has unveiled the 2001 Prowler, a head-turning roadster in high-impact colors. The suggested retail price for an orange Prowler is $45,000. Black was the best-selling Prowler shade through September 2000, followed by red, purple, yellow and silver.


Tonight's your last chance to scream at local spook houses. Here's a list of local attractions:

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 the last customer is scared. 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 7p.m. to midnight. It's at 3647 Wrightsboro Road, one mile west of the Bobby Jones Expressway. Admission is $5.

Templeton's Haunted Graveyard & Trail: This spooky attraction near Louisville, Ga., drew 600 people last year. It's open 7-9 p.m. Admission is $3. Concessions 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.


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