Halloween roundup: Events and tips from around the Valley

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 30, 2013 

The Columbus Haunted House at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center has extended their fright fest 2 days past Halloween until Saturday November 2nd. The haunted house tour will be open Wednesday 7-11 p.m. Thursday 7-12 p.m. Friday and Saturday 6-12 p.m.

JOE PAULL — jpaull@ledger-enquirer.com

Prepare for this year’s Halloween the right way, no matter where or how you’re observing the holiday around the Valley.

Both Opelika, Ala., and Fort Benning recommend their residents trick-or-treat between 6-8 p.m.

Phenix City police are recommending that all activities be held between 5-8 p.m. They are reminding people to wear brightly lit or reflective clothing and that small children should always be accompanied by an adult.

Always remember to inspect your children’s candy and treats before they eat them.

Any questions should be directed to Capt. Lewis with Phenix City Police, at 334-448-2824.

There are 372 registered sex offenders in Muscogee County who are not incarcerated.

One hundred and nine of those sex offenders have been directed to report to the Columbus Day Reporting Center at 5:30 p.m. today and will be released at 8 p.m., Muscogee County Sheriff John Darr said Wednesday. They have been told to go directly to their residence after that and remain there until 8 a.m. Friday.

The remaining sex offenders will be checked on throughout the evening of Halloween by deputies of the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office.

“The Sheriff’s Office is making every effort to keep citizens safe this Halloween,” Darr said. “We’re trying to make folks feel very comfortable while their kids are out.”

For those who have costumes and candy bags ready, consider trick-or-treating at the Columbus Museum, at 1251 Wynnton Rd. The free event is from 5-8 p.m.

Drop by Transformations, a section of the museum, and create a Halloween trick-or-treat bag and fill it full of free art supplies. Get your picture taken with “Ariel,” the special treat-giving guest.

Adults and teens can also visit the Columbus Haunted House, at the Civic Center on 801 Front Ave.

Hours are 7 p.m.-midnight Thursday. Tickets cost $15 per person, SpeedPass, which allows front-of-the-line access, is available for $30.

Visit thecolumbushauntedhouse.com for more details.

As an alternative, the Britt David Baptist Church will hold its own Ark-in-the-Park at Britt David Park, near Home Depot in Columbus.

This free event will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Expect games, candy, prizes, food and fun. Call 706-322-0357.

The Smiths Stations Baptist Church, on 2460 Lee Rd. 430 in Alabama, will hold its free fall festival from 6-8 p.m. The festival will include hay rides, face painting, inflatables and more.

St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, on 69 Mobley Rd. in Hamilton, will host its Trunk-or-Treat event from 5-7 p.m. It will include candy for the kids, a costume content and a bouncy house.

Here’s the schedule of today’s Halloween events in the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries:

Columbus Public Library: Halloween makeovers and Dia de los Muertos fun, 3:30 p.m. (for teens). Trick-or-treat from 4-6 p.m.

North Columbus Public Library: Halloween craft time is 1 p.m.; trick-or-treat around the library, 1-6 p.m.

South Columbus Public Library: Spooky stories and trick-or-treat around the library, 4-6 p.m.

Cusseta-Chattahoochee Public Library: Pumpkin Party, 10 a.m.

—Mark Rice and Tiffany Stevens contributed to this report

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