Weekend events roundup: Grab a jacket before heading to your Halloween activities

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 25, 2013 

Just like that -- there's a little chill in the air.

The Chattahoochee Valley has been slowly cooling down over the last few days, with Friday marking the coldest part of this front.

Saturday's weather should be pleasant with highs in the upper 60s. The weather will get warmer Sunday, reaching back into the 70s and continuing that trend into next week.

But if you're planning to attend Uptown's Spooktacular or other outside festivals, you'll probably want to bring a jacket and dress the kids in layers.

Here are a few events around our area this weekend:

Oxbow Dog Park: A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of Columbus' new dog park at 3535 S. Lumpkin Road will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with events lasting until 4 p.m. There will also be a pet costume contest at 1 p.m. and an inflatable and face painting for kids.

Uptown's Market Days: 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday through Nov. 30, 1000 and 1100 blocks of Broadway. Purchase produce, crafts, baked goods and artwork by local vendors. 706-596-0111.

Halloween ComicFest: It will be held 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Columbus Book Exchange & Comics, 6440 W Hamilton Park Road. Each young person that visits will receive two free mini comics and if in costume they will receive five. Appearances by heroes all day, including Batman. The local Star Trek fan club will be present with information about their group. Adult guests can also enjoy a sale at the store. 706-324-2559.

Boo Bash and Fall Festival: Hollywood Connection's third annual event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 1683 Whittlesey Road. It will include games, prizes, trivia, costume and coloring contests. For more information, call 706-571-3456.

Oktoberfest at Fort Benning: Fort Benning's favorite fall tradition returns to the Uchee Creek Activity Center. There's no entry fee for the event and it's open to the public. Highlights include Saturday's 10K Cross Country Challenge race, as well as a dog costume contest. Visit benningmwr.com/Oktoberfest.php for a full schedule of events.

Spooktacular: This free event is 3-5 p.m. Saturday in Woodruff Park in downtown Columbus. Participants are encouraged to show off their spookiest, most creative costumes during the costume contest from 4-5 p.m. in the following age categories: ages 0-2, ages 3-5, ages 6-8, ages 9-12 and group costume. Contest is limited to the first 25 participants in each age group, so participants are urged to arrive early to sign up.

Haunted Museum Tours at Port Columbus: Meet "ghosts" of the Civil War during a guided tour into the past. Tours will be held at Port Columbus, 1002 Victory Drive in Columbus. Tours are 7-9 p.m. Saturday with a tour starting every 15 minutes. Organizers recommend that guests younger than 10 don't participate in the haunted tour and instead enjoy entertainment on the Water Witch. Tickets cost $6-$7.50 and are available online. Visit portcolumbus.org for more information.

The Quarantine Haunted Theme Park: This attraction, held at 901 Veterans Parkway, boasts "over 40,000 square feet of pure terror that will have you screaming at the top of your lungs in fear." Oct. 24-Nov. 4. Scary themes vary by day. Hours are approximately 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Doors open 6 p.m., scare starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10-$30. Contact 706-593-3777.

The Columbus Haunted House: This attraction is open Oct. 24-31 at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center, 801 Front Ave. Hours are 7-11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 7 p.m.-midnight Thursday, 6 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m.-midnight Sunday. Tickets cost $15 per person, SpeedPass available for $30. SpeedPass allows front of the line access to the haunted house. Visit thecolumbushauntedhouse.com for more details.

Big Dog Howl 5K: Saturday's 8 p.m. race begins and ends at Big Dog Running Company, 1104 Broadway in downtown Columbus. Cost is $30 on race day. Costumes are encouraged. Call 706-322-2786.

Glow-K 2013: This 5K race will be held on the Columbus State University campus. The event, hosted by Sigma Nu Fraternity, will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Race starts at 8 p.m. Saturday. Runners should show up at least 30 minutes in advance to complete registration and prepare for the race. Runners and those in attendance should wear bright, neon colored clothing and glow-in-the-dark accessories. Registration is $25, which includes T-shirt, glow sticks and more. Finish line includes party with DJ music.

-- Sonya Sorich contributed to this report.

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