Don't trash that pumpkin! Smash it at The Rock Ranch Pumpkin Destruction Day.
Methods of "recycling" pumpkins include a pumpkin cannon, pumpkin bowling, a hammer smash and a drop from a 40-foot crane.
Don't have pumpkin? No problem. Unsold pumpkins will be available for guests to smash.
Have a particularly hearty pumpkin? Perhaps it will need to demolished by a monster truck. Guests may take a ride in a monster truck for $5.
All that destruction is sure to work up an appetite, and if you get really hungry you might want to compete in a pumpkin pie eating contest.
Admission is $15, free for those 3 and younger. Activities are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday at Rock Ranch, 5020 Barnesville Highway. 706-647-6374. To get specific start times for each event, visit ledger-enquirer.com/todo.
Toys for candy
The Columbus Kool Smiles office will exchange kids' Halloween candy for toys 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Collected candy will be sent in care packages to U.S. troops serving overseas via Operation Gratitude. Each child who brings his or her candy to the office at 519 Woodruff Road, in the St. Francis Shopping Center, will receive one toy for every 25 pieces of candy. Candy must be unopened, in its original packaging and there is a limit of three toys per child.
Harvest in the Meadows
Columbus State University's Oxbow Meadows hosts Harvest in the Meadows Fall Festival 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Expect a telescope viewing, reptile program, a raptor release and the unveiling of Athena's new home. Athena is a 16-foot reticulated python.
Purchase a $10 wristband to participate in games, glide down a 22-foot slide, get attached to a velcro wall, ride ponies and have your face painted. A caramel apple bar, petting zoo and appearances by Smokey the Bear and Cody the Cougar are sure to be highlights. Get more information at oxbow.columbusstate.edu.
Pasaquan's Artist Weekend
Site tours, musical performances, dance demonstrations, food vendors and an art show and sale featuring the works of regional artists will be highlights at The Pasaquan Preservation Society's Artists for Pasaquan Weekend Saturday and Sunday. Times are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
The complex -- created by Eddie Owens Martin, aka ST. EOM -- consists of six buildings connected by a series of painted walls, sculptures and landscape elements. The site is located near Buena Vista. For directions, visit www.pasaquan.com. Cost is $5 per person, free for kids 6 and younger. Cash only, proceeds go to the preservation of Pasaquan.
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Dawn Minty, can be reached at 706-571-8512.