Lots to do for Halloween

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Halloween is right around the corner, which means there are plenty of events, whether you’re seeking a scary encounter or an afternoon of family fun.

Joey Maddox puts on the head of his rabbit suit while Jules Swink applies bloody makeup in the staging area before the first hayride of the night at Haunted Plantation in Grovetown. The attraction is open from 7 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Sunday through Nov. 2.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Joey Maddox puts on the head of his rabbit suit while Jules Swink applies bloody makeup in the staging area before the first hayride of the night at Haunted Plantation in Grovetown. The attraction is open from 7 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Sunday through Nov. 2.

HAUNTINGS

HERITAGE COUNCIL OF NORTH AUGUSTA’S SPOOKY TALES

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24

Where: Lookaway Hall, 103 W. Forest Ave., North Augusta

Details: Walker Posey, featured speaker; $5, free for members; join Heritage Council and admission is waived; refreshments; (803) 270-9400

USC AIKEN HAUNTED HIKE

When: 8-11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24

Where: USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway; buses will carry visitors from the Student Activities Center to the half-mile, haunted Pacer Path; canned food donations accepted for Golden Harvest Food Bank

Details: Free event sponsored by the USC Aiken Student Life Office; (803) 641-3611, Christopherl@usca.edu

AIKEN PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY HALLOWEEN HAUNTED HOUSE

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 28-30

Where: Aiken Performing Arts Academy, 130 Avery Lane, Aiken

Details: Kiddie Station for anyone who does not want to enter; face painting; Halloween activities; apple cider, treats on sale; $2

PLANTATION BLOOD

When: 7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, through Nov. 2

Where: 4127 Wallie Drive

Details: $22; (706) 793-3100, plantationblood.com

THE AUGUSTA GHOST TROLLEY

When: 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, through Nov. 2

Where: Departs from The Book Tavern, JB White’s Building, 936 Broad St.

Details: Ghosts, legends, history; 90 minutes; $25, ages 5-12 $15; (706) 814-5333, AugustaGhostTrolley.com

NIGHTMARE PLANTATION
HAUNTED HAYRIDE

When: 7 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Sunday, through Nov. 2

Where: 1110 Dodge Lane, Grovetown

Details: Proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior Project and Channeled Paths; $15; nightmareplantation.net

THE ULTIMATE HAUNTING EXPERIENCE

For $45, board the Augusta Ghost Trolley downtown at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays for a ride to Nightmare Plantation; includes the trolley tour, haunted hayride, a meal and return trip. Reservations required, (706) 814-5333

HOUSE OF TERROR

When: Through Nov. 3; 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30-11 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays

Where: House of Terror, 308 Holly Lane (off Martintown Road), North Augusta

Details: (803) 599-7038, schouseofterror.com

FOR ADULTS

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

When: 5-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25

Where: Augusta Common,
800 block between Broad
and Reynolds streets

Details: Halloween costume
party; music by Kenny George Band, Acosta, Delta Cane, Kyle Smith & Friends, more; $7 advance, $12 day of show;
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BROAD STREET RAMBLE 10K

When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Augusta Common, 800 block, between Reynolds and Broad streets

Details: Live music, food and beer party; food trucks and vendors; register online at bit.ly/1aD3bF2; augustastriders.com/Broad-Street-Ramble

GHOULS AND GOBLINS GALA

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Augusta Convention Center, Olmstead Exhibit Hall, 2 10th St.

Details: Cash bar, prize giveaways, costume contest, refreshments; tickets available online and by phone; $30, VIP $40; (706) 396-6000, eventbrite.com/event/8491409033

BLACK CAT BALL

When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.

Details: Fall fundraiser; theme: HooDoo; food, bar, music, dance; costume not required, but preferred; $10 advance, $13 at door; facebook.com/events/371140949683928

PROFESSOR WITCHCOCK’S HOUSE
OF ILLUSIONS & MAGIC SHOW

When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28

Where: Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 406 Park Ave. SE

Details: Spooktabulous food, wine, illusions and magic show; (803) 293-7846; $30 person; $50 couple; www.aikenrailroaddepot.org

FOR FAMILIES

TIME TO SCARE CARNIVAL

When: 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24

Where: Diamond Lakes Community Center, 103 Diamond Lakes Way, Hephzibah

Details: For ages 12 and younger; haunted house, carnival games, attractions; costume contest 7 p.m. in three groups – infant to 2, 3-8 and 9-12; (803) 278-1212

TRICK OR TREAT
SO OTHERS CAN EAT

When: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24

Where: Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown

Details: First 400 kids get a free Halloween bag; admission: one canned food item; (706) 650-5034, columbiacountyga.gov

A PASSION FOR THE PARANORMAL: HAUNTED PEOPLE, HAUNTED PLACES

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24

Where: Jeff Maxwell Branch Library, 1927 Lumpkin Road

Details: Elle Shepard, presenter and leader of the Passion for the Paranormal meet-up group, talking about the paranormal, haunted people and haunted places; free; (706) 793-2020, ecgrl.org

SENIOR ADULT OCTOBERFEST

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25

Where: Pendleton King Park, 1600 Troupe St.

Details: (706) 796-5025

PUMPKIN CARVING

When: 6-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25

Where: Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St.

Details: Walk through pumpkin patch to select one pumpkin per family to decorate; $10 per family of four, $2 per additional family member; krocaugusta.org

SPIRITS OF HALLOWED EVE DINNER

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25

Where: Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave.

Details: Food and entertainment; Deadus Canby, host; (803) 279-7560; $50; colonialtimes.us/hallowedeve.html

SPOOKY SPRINT 5K WALK/RUN

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25

Where: Downtown North Augusta, West Avenue

Details: Free screening of Hotel Transylvania; dress/bring pets in costume, arrive by 7 p.m. for costume contest; awards given; (803) 441-4380, artsandheritagecenter.com

IT’S SPOOKY TO BE HUNGRY

When: Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Richmond County

Details: Food drive to benefit Golden Harvest Food Bank; contact Carrie Jones for information on donating
(706) 736-1199 ext. 217, (706) 877-2252

ZOMBIE 5K AT FORT GORDON 2013

When: 7 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26; check-in 7 a.m., run 9 a.m.

Where: Zombie Court, intersection of Kilbourne and Wainwright Circle

Details: $30; benefits Fort Gordon Better Opportunities for Single Service Member program; (706) 791-2556

JACK-O-LANTERN JUBILEE

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Downtown North Augusta, Georgia Avenue

Details: Live entertainment, food, arts and crafts, children’s games, rides, car show, children’s costume contest; (803) 441-4310

TRENTON FLYERS
ANNUAL CANDY DROP

When: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Edgefield County Airport, Yonce Field, Trenton, S.C.

Details: Planes on display 11:30 a.m.; candy drop from sky for ages 12 and younger noon; rain or shine; costumes welcome; (803) 279-4138, trentonflyers.com

FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL

When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Martinez Baptist Church, 3632 Lynnwood Drive

Details: Free; (706) 863-7944, mbsbc.org

TRICK-OR-TREAT ON
PENDLETON STREET

When: 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Downtown Aiken, Pendleton Street and Hayne Avenue

Details: Trunk or Treating, carnival games, food, costume contests for ages 12 and younger; free

SECOND ANNUAL JACK-O-LANTERN
JAM CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

When: 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Jackson Square, corner of Georgia and Buena Vista avenues

Details: Benefits Support 1; $50 per two-person team; cash prizes; registration and warm-up 1 p.m.

TRUNK OR TREAT

When: 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Belle-Terrace Presbyterian Church, 2473 Golden Camp Road

Details: Free; (706) 793-6908

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR! AT THE BIG MO

When: Gates open 6 p.m., judging begins 7:15 p.m.; movies begin after dark Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: The Big Mo Drive-In, 5822 Columbia Highway N., Monetta, S.C.

Details: Costume contests for adults, kids and pets; vehicle decorating contest; prizes and candy; Screen 1: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and Gravity; Screen 2: Insidious: Chapter 2 and Bad Grandpa; thebigmo.com

KROC CENTER TRUNK OR TREAT COMMUNITY EVENT

When: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St.

Details: Showcase vehicles decorated by volunteers; movie on lawn; prizes for best costume, most creatively decorated car, best homemade costume; free; donations of candy being accepted at the center; to volunteer, contact Alice Atchison before Oct. 24; alice_atchison@uss.salvationarmy.org; krocaugusta.org

ALL HALLOWED EVE GHOST WALK & ILLUSION SHOW

When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave.

Details: Walk among the ghosts of yesteryear in a Colonial setting; guided tours every 15-20 minutes 6-8 p.m., reservations required; free; colonialtimes.us

ALDERSGATE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
TRUNK OR TREAT

When: 4:30-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27

Where: Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Road

Details: Bring children dressed in costume, trick or treat safely in church parking lot; light dinner, costume contest, inflatables; (706) 733-4416, aldersgateum.com

DECORUS, AUGUSTA’S PREMIERE YOUTH CHOIR: HALLOWS

When: 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27

Where: Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 2220 Walton Way

Details: Top high school vocalists in concert; Hallows, featuring music from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hanibal and The Kingdom of Heaven; tickets at door

KIDS’ HALLOWEEN PARTY

When: 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28

Where: Friedman Branch Library, 1447 Jackson Road

Details: For pre-school to fifth grade; treats, crafts, games, more; wear costumes; free, registration required; (706) 736-6758, ecgrl.org

SPECIAL HALLOWEEN STORYTIME AND CRAFT

When: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29

Where: Friedman Branch Library, 1447 Jackson Road

Details: Free; (706) 736-6758, ecgrl.org

IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN

When: Noon Tuesday, Oct. 29

Where: Jeff Maxwell Branch Library, 1927 Lumpkin Road

Details: Free; (706) 793-2020, ecgrl.org

MOSAIC UNITED METHODIST CHURCH TRUNK OR TREAT

When: 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29

Where: Mosaic United Methodist Church, 478 Columbia Industrial Blvd.

Details: Food, games, crafts, square dancing, face painting, lots of candy; free; sponsored by AWANA Clubs; (706) 627-6314, MosaicUMC.org

STORYTIME – MR. BILL
AND THE BOO HAG!

When: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30

Where: Jeff Maxwell Branch Library, 1927 Lumpkin Road

Details: Join Bill, his guitar George and his girlfriend Nancy as they sing special Halloween songs and tell stories; free; (706) 793-2020, ecgrl.org

AUGUSTA MYTHBUSTERS EXPERIMENT: COULD YOU SURVIVE A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE?

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30

Where: James Brown Arena’s Seventh Street parking lot

Details: Re-creating the Zombie Horde experiment of Mythbusters (bit.ly/1ay
RRGe); come in zombie attire; chance to win tickets to see Mythbusters at Bell Auditorium on Dec. 19; call (706) 722-3521 for information; respond to facebook page if attending; facebook.com/events/526624744081330

BLYTHE SENIOR CENTER ADULT COSTUME PARTY

When: 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

Where: Blythe Area Recreation Center, 3129 Georgia Highway 88

Details: Must be a member of the Senior Center to attend; (706) 592-6668

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 1 TV MARATHON

When: 1:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

Where: Jeff Maxwell Branch Library, 1927 Lumpkin Road

Details: Free; (706) 793-2020, ecgrl.org

USC AIKEN SAFE
TRICK-OR-TREAT EVENT

When: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

Where: USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway

Details: Halloween fun sponsored by USC Aiken Resident Student Organization, University Housing and Campus Organizations; parking in lot D; children welcome at Pacer Commons and Crossings for a safe Halloween experience; trick-or-treating, games in front of Pacer Commons, haunted house in Pacer Crossings, hayride around Pacer Downs; prizes; deriw@usca.edu

GOOD NEWS CHURCH
TRUNK OR TREAT

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

Where: Good News Church, 400 Warren Road

Details: Safe alternative to door-to-door trick or treating; Gospel Hayride: scenes from the life of Jesus with live actors; cotton candy, popcorn; free; goodnewsaugusta.com

VALLEY FAIR BAPTIST CHURCH TRUNK-OR-TREAT

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

Where: Valley Fair Baptist Church, 900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville

Details: Fun and safe Christian experience; candy for the kids, Halloween refreshments, adult costume contest, car decorating contest, movie on the lawn; valleyfairbptch.org

ALL HALLOWS EVE

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

Where: Belvedere United Methodist Church, 202 Rhomboid Place

Details: Games, candy, hot dogs, drinks, chips; safe, Christian environment; free

ALDERSGATE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PUMPKIN PATCH

When: 1-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 26

Where: Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Road

Details: (706) 733-4416, aldersgateum.com

ST. BART’S PUMPKIN PATCH

When: Through Oct. 31; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday

Where: St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 471 W. Martintown Road

Details: Pumpkins, all sizes, shapes, prices; proceeds benefit Saint Bartholomew’s missions

MARVIN CORNER
PUMPKIN PATCH

When: Through Oct. 31

Where: Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road, Martinez

Details: (706) 863-0510, marvinchurch.com/marvin-corner-pumpkin-patch.html

THE MAIZE AT STEED’S DAIRY

When: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, through Nov. 16

Where: Steed’s Dairy Farm, 4634 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown

Details: Last ticket sold at 9 p.m.; jumping pillow, hay rides, petting zoo, corn maze, pumpkin patch; $10; (706) 855-2948, steedsdairy.com

GRAYSTONE RANCH

FALL FEST

When: Through Nov. 30; 10 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, noon to midnight Sunday

Where: Graystone Ranch Nature Park, 1017 McManus Road

Details: Pumpkin patch, haunted forest, haunted hay rides, hay maze; $10; graystoneranch.com

FESTIVALS

SPEIR’S TURNOUT FESTIVAL

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Downtown Bartow, Ga.

Details: Home cooking, arts and crafts, raffles, parade, entertainment, kid’s activities; free; (478) 232-2982

RIVERFEST: OGEECHEE
RIVER MILL

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Ogeechee River Mill, 262 Reynolds Road, Warrenton, Ga.

Details: Fishing, kayaking (bring your gear, kayak); cornhole tournament 3 p.m.; mule-drawn carriage rides, tours of the mill, bag your own corn meal; $7, ages 15 & younger free

LAKE FOREST HILLS
FALL FESTIVAL

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

Where: Lake Forest Hills Elementary School, 3140 Lake Forest Drive

Details: Inflatables, dunking booth, games, chicken run, fire engine, police patrol car, food, drink, prizes; $12 at the gate, ages 2 and younger free; lforest-hills.rcboe.org

FREEDOM BIBLE CHURCH FALL FESTIVAL

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27

Where: Freedom Bible Church, 702 N. Belair Road, Evans

Details: Carnival games, inflatables, trunk-or-treating, hot dog eating contests, chili cook off, ID-A-Child booth; friendly costumes please; free; freedombiblechurch.net

PUMPKIN PATCH FESTIVAL

When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30

Where: Marvin United Methodist Church, 4400 Wheeler Road, Martinez

Details: Trunk or treat, games and prizes, peace-loving costumes welcome; no masks inside building; Christian music; free chili supper; chili cookoff (bring pot of chili to be judged at 5:30 p.m. and donated); free; marvinchurch.com/marvin-corner-pumpkin-patch.html

ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

Where: Abundant Life Worship Center, 2070 Brown Road, Hephzibah

Details: Food, fun and fellowship; inflatables, face painting, DJ, trunk or treating; costumes welcome; open to public

FAIRS

WESTERN CAROLINA STATE FAIR

When: Through Oct. 26; gates open at 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday

Where: 561 May Royal Drive, I-20 Exit 22, Aiken

Details: (803) 648-8955; westerncarolinastatefair.com

GEORGIA-CAROLINA STATE FAIR

When: Through Oct. 27; gates open 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday

Where: Exchange Club Fairgrounds, 301 Hale St.

Details: georgiacarolinastatefair.com

COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR

When: Oct. 31-Nov. 9

Where: Columbia County Fairgrounds, 5462 Columbia Road, Grovetown

Details: columbiacountyfair.net


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