October events abound with spooky fun in the Chattahoochee Valley

dminty@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 17, 2012 

Whether you want to get spooked at haunted houses, dress your dog up for a Paw-rade or celebrate Halloween with small children, you're sure to find something fun to do in the Chattahoochee Valley. Here are a few upcoming activities:

Now-Oct. 31: The Georgia Pumpkin Patch at Best Nursery: The Fortson Road spot celebrates the pumpkin harvest from Oct. 1-31. The celebration brings in an estimated 100,000 pound of pumpkins of varying sizes, colors and shapes. In addition to pumpkins, the nursery also sells decorative gourds, flowers, autumn decorations and merchandise and many kinds of pumpkin related food.

Oct. 26-27: Haunted House at CSU: The Columbus State University’s Campus Nerds open a haunted house on Friday, Oct. 19. The theme is “The Last Show,” about a theatre house that is going under and is presenting it's final show. The fictional Upshaw Theater, once a revered movie house and live theater where all the plays were written in-house, is being forced to shut its doors after a chain of unfortunate events including murderous plays, possessions and hauntings. Hours are 7-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19; Saturday Oct. 20; Friday, Oct. 26; and Saturday, Oct. 27 at CSU's Davidson Student Center (main campus) Cost: $5.

Fri. Oct. 26: Columbus Symphony Orchestra hosts Treats & Trebles: The Columbus Symphony Orchestra gets in the Halloween spirit with its family friendly Treats & Trebles concert. At 6:30 p.m. kids can participate in a costume contest, meet the musicians, trick or treat and play games. At 7:30 p.m. the orchestra will play a spooky Halloween concert (geared towards children of all ages) at the RiverCenter's Bill Heard Theatre. The costume contest is open to all ages, babies to adults. The best costume winners will receive prizes. Attendees are encouraged to choose costumes that are appropriate for all ages. The concert will feature spooky selections including Rosin Eating Zombies from Outer Space; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Highlights from Harry Potter. Tickets cost $5 child; $10 adult.

Sat. Oct. 27: Uptown's Spooktacular Halloween Festival: Costume contest, candy bags and a tunnel of terror are highlights. 5-7 p.m. Sat. Oct. 27 in uptown. It's free.

Sat. Oct. 27: Paw-rade: Put Fido in his favorite Halloween costume and take him to the Broadway Paw-rade on Oct. 27. Animals will show off their costumes on stage and compete for prizes in contests. Judges and a DJ will provide commentary. Market Days is 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 27. The Paw-rade is set to start at 10 a.m. along Broadway in downtown Columbus.

Wed. Oct. 31: "Night of the Living Dead" screening at the Springer: 7:30-11:30 p.m. Wed., Oct. 31. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Halloween. The Saloon opens for snacking and beverages at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. Guests are invited to download a free RIFF TRACK, an audio recording of commentary, if desired prior to the screening.

Ongoing: Pope's Haunted Farm features four separate attractions -- a haunted barn, a haunted hayride, a haunted forest and a 3D clown maze -- in Salem, Ala. Hours are 7:30-11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturday through October and 7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 21, Oct. 30-31. Tickets cost $12 for one attraction, $20 for two, $25 for three and $5 for the 3D haunted house. Directions are available on their website, www.PopesHayride.com. Haunted Forest and Haunted Barn are not recommended for kids younger than 10.

Oct. 26-27, Nov. 2-3: Judgment Journey Tickets cost $8 in advance and $10 at the gate. Buy tickets here. A ministry of Faith Baptist Church in LaGrange started Judgment Journey in 1997 as a method of presenting the events of the end of the world, as the Bible describes them. The vision was to present various “scenes” where each person could experience a multi-sensory presentation of how the Bible describes what is yet to come. The event is held each year on the church campus on a “trail” that meanders around the property. It's a 45-minute walking journey. It's not recommended for children 10 and younger. Kids 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

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