It’s time to face your fears.
Whether it’s clowns, mad scientists, ghosts or monsters, there’s something lurking just for you at one of the many area events celebrating this spooky time of year. It’s a wide array of ghoulish gatherings — from family (and pet) friendly outings to journeys beyond the grave or to the end of time.
Activities are rated with witches’ hats to let parents know about how scary each event is. One hat means it’s all in fun, though there may be some semi-spooky options available; two means you’ll probably want to leave the children at home for some nightmare-inducing thrills just for adults.
So go ahead — find out what goes bump in the night if you dare to be scared.
Today — Walk With the Shadows
Take a 1.5-mile ghost tour in uptown Columbus. Beginning at the Marriott Hotel, the lantern-lit walk lasts from 8:30 to 10 p.m. The Wyrick family — featured on Unsolved Mysteries and the Discovery Channel — will be available to sign copies of their book, The Veil, before and after the tour. The tour is $13. 706-225-8888.
Today-Saturday — Judgment Journey
Faith Baptist Church in LaGrange, Ga., presents a chilling portrayal of the end times, beginning at dusk each night. Admission is $7 to $10, and the walk is not appropriate for small children. www.judgmentjourney.com.
Today-Sunday — Pope’s Haunted FarmWith a Haunted Barn, Haunted Hayride and Haunted Forest, Pope’s features a torture chamber, an exorcism viewing, a graveyard and an insane asylum. Adult ticket prices range from $12 to $25, depending on the number of attractions. Children’s tickets are $10 to $22, but the forest and barn are not recommended for those 10 and younger. www.popeshayride.com
Today-Nov. 6 — Ten Little IndiansWatch the mystery of 10 strangers on Soldier Island — who oddly disappear one by one — unfold before you in Agatha Christie’s classic story, aka And Then There Were None. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday, Friday and Nov. 6 at Family Theatre in Columbus. Reserve in advance for a candelit table. Tickets are $6 to $10 with military and family discounts. www.familytheatre.org.
Saturday — “Not So Spooky” Halloween FestIn addition to the regular farm favorites, such as the petting zoo and cow train, The Rock Ranch will feature costume contests, a pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, magic shows and a flashlight tour through the giant corn maze. All activities are included in the $14 admission price. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Rock Ranch. www.therockranch.com.
Saturday — Howlin’Halloween at PAWS HumaneFrom 4 to 7 p.m., kids can enjoy trick-or-treating, games, crafts, snacks and a Mad Scientist’s Laboratory. A pet costume contest at 5:30 p.m. includes prizes for Scariest, Most Original, Best Matching Pair and more. The shelter is located at 4900 Milgen Road. Admission is free. 706-565-0035.
Saturday — UPtown Spooktacular Halloween FestivalIn its 11th year, the Spooktacular includes kids’ activities, food and candy. Children are invited to come in costume to this free family event from 5 to 7 p.m. on the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Broadway. 706-596-0111.
Saturday — Halloween Party.Starting at 9 p.m., the Seale, Ala., VFW Post 5180, will have Elvis is in the Building, featuring Rodney Hamrick, karaoke, food, door prizes and a costume contest. The cover charge is $5 per person. 334-614-5529.
Sunday — PsychoPart of the Springer Opera House’s Classic Film Series, a showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror film Psycho will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Springer. It’s the first time the film will be shown at the theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and concessions are available in The Player’s Saloon. Tickets are $10 at the door. 706-327-3688.
Several area churches offer spook-free alternatives to Halloween for the whole family. The candy is always free, though sometimes there are nominal prices for other activities. Here are just a few of the local festivals open to the public:
St. Luke United Methodist Church Trunk or Treat Harvest Party5:30-8 p.m. today on Third Avenue. Includes inflatables, games and rides. Candy is free, but $12 wristbands per child include all activities and free cotton candy and popcorn. 706-327-4343.
Edgewood Baptist Church Fall Festival6-8:30 p.m. today. Includes free food, popcorn, candy, inflatables, games, basketball, prizes, darts, face painting and bowling. 706-561-7954.
Reformation Lutheran Church Trunk or Treat6:30-8:30 p.m. today. Includes candy and food. www.rlcoc.org.
Christ Community Church Harvest Festival10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Includes door prizes, face painting, games and a cake walk. 706-565-7240.
Cathedral of Prayer Church of God in Christ Fall FestivalNoon-5 p.m. Saturday. Includes games, face painting, costume contest and fishing. 706-322-2086.
Harvest Faith Community Church Trunk or Treat3-6 p.m. Saturday. Includes games, free hot dogs, door prizes, inflatables, face painting and candy. 706-322-1447.Edgewood Assembly of God Un-Halloween Family Fall Festival5-7 p.m. Saturday. Includes free candy, puppet shows, games, pumpkin carving contest, face painting, costumes, prizes and cake walk. 706-561-7906.
Calvary Baptist Church Trunk or Treat 7-8 p.m. Saturday. Includes free candy. 706-322-1491.
North Highland Assembly of God Trunk or Treat Festival5-8 p.m. Sunday. Includes rides, games and candy. Candy is free, but $1 wristband covers all other activities. Proceeds go the Children of Haiti. 706-561-7777.
Britt David Baptist Church Ark in the Park5:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday at Britt David Park. Includes candy, games, free food and prizes. 706-322-0357.