Halloween things to do

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Gina Keoppel chases customers with a frying pan while screaming "Get out of my kitchen!" at Plantation Blood in Augusta, Ga. The 20,000-square-foot warehouse is one of the biggest attractions in the area.

HAUNTED HOUSES

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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