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Gina Keoppel chases customers with a frying pan while screaming "Get out of my kitchen!" Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 at Plantation Blood in South Augusta, Ga. The 20,000 square foot wharehouse houses one of the biggest attrations in the area.  Corey Perrine/Staff
Corey Perrine/Staff
Gina Keoppel chases customers with a frying pan while screaming "Get out of my kitchen!" Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010 at Plantation Blood in South Augusta, Ga. The 20,000 square foot wharehouse houses one of the biggest attrations in the area.

Fright Factory

WHEN: Opens at 7:30 nightly through Sunday

WHERE: 4304 Sudan Road, Martinez

WHAT: 40,000 square feet of sheer terror

COST: $15 adults, $12 children 10 and under

INFO: (706) 210-3699, www.frightfactoryofgeorgia.com

Nightmare Plantation

WHEN: Opens at 6:30 nightly through Sunday

WHERE: Off Gordon Highway near Fort Gordon's Gate 3

WHAT: Wander through a cemetery, a bizarre carnival world, a creepy medical school and more

COST: $20 Friday and Saturday; $15 today and Sunday; Speed Passes (little to no waiting) are $30 Friday and Saturday and $25 today and Sunday; present valid military ID to receive $3 off

INFO: www.nightmareplantation.net

Plantation Blood

WHEN: Opens at 7:30 nightly through Sunday

WHERE: 4127 Wallie Drive, off Windsor Spring Road, in Augusta

Cost: $18 Friday-Saturday, $15 per person today and Sunday

INFO: plantationblood.com

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Fall Fest 2010 and Haunted Forest

WHEN: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Graystone Ranch Wildlife Education Center, 1017 McManus Road, Hephzibah

WHAT: Hiking trails, animal tours, pumpkin patch, hay maze, hay and boat rides, food, pony rides

COST: $10 for the weekend

INFO: graystoneranch.com

Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat

WHEN: 5:30-8:30 p.m. today

WHERE: Patriots Park Gym, 5445 Columbia Road, Columbia County

WHAT: Food drive to help needy; trick or treat at local businesses. COST: Canned food donation

INFO: columbiacountyga.gov

Bloodfest

WHAT: 16th Bloodfest! concert with The Stain Remains, Chairleg, Nine Day Descent, Cycle (one-time reunion show), 88 Miles Per Hour, Youth @ Risk

WHEN: Friday; doors open at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Sky City, 1157 Broad St.

Everything Pumpkins

WHAT: Pumpkin Cooking

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta

LEARN MORE: (803) 279-7560, www.colonial times.us

Trick-or-Treat on Newberry Street

WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Newberry Street Festival Center, downtown Aiken

WHAT: For children age 12 and under, accompanied by an adult; trunk or treating, carnival games, food, costume contests: ages 1 and under; 2-3; 4-5; 6-8 and 9-12 in addition to parent-child, best theme and best dog and best cat.

INFO: (803) 642-7631

Better Than Fiction

WHAT: Teen fiction author Rick Yancey in a special Halloween presentation, Monsters Among Us

WHEN: Saturday

- Noon, Monsters: Are they Real?

- 1:15 p.m., book signing and pizza party

- 2:30 p.m., Yancey will speak to aspiring authors about the writing process

WHERE: Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Towne Center Blvd.

DETAILS: Free; (706) 863-1946, www.columbiacountyga.gov

Magical Chad Crews

WHEN: 4 p.m. today

WHERE: Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.

INFO: (706) 863-1946

Trick-or-Treat at USC Aiken

WHEN: 5:30-7 p.m. today

WHERE: Pacer Crossings (USC Aiken campus); park in Lot D

WHAT: Hosted by Resident Student Association with games, activities for children

INFO: (803) 641-3790 or send e-mail to jsingleton@usca.edu

Ghostly Dessert

WHEN: 6:30-8:30 and 9-11 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Fort Discovery's Paul Simon Theatre

WHAT: Family-oriented stage show with tales of haunts and legends, magic illusions, "I Scream" sundaes

COST: $15 adults, $10 ages 5-11; reservations required

INFO: (706) 925-2784, www.dessertwithaghost.com

Fall Festival

WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Belle Terrace Presbyterian Church, 2454 Golden Camp Road

DETAILS: Free; (706) 793-6908

Halloween Party

WHEN: 2-4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Augusta Library, 823 Telfair St.

WHAT: For grades K-5; costumes, games, crafts; refreshments; (706) 821-2600

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Pumpkin Patches

ST. BARTHOLOMEW'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH: 471 W. Martintown Road; North Augusta; 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. today-Friday

ALDERSGATE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 3185 Wheeler Road; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Saturday; activities include story time, face painting, keepsake pictures and pumpkin science; (706) 736-7850, aldersgateum.com

CORNER PUMPKIN PATCH AT MARVIN UNITED METHODIST: 4400 Wheeler Road; noon to 7 p.m. today and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 1-6 p.m. Sunday; (706) 863-0510


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