Delight in these frights


People rave about the Netherworld haunted house in Atlanta, but to me, nothing's scarier than Pope's Haunted Farm — a haunted house and hayride that's out in the sticks, past Crawford, Ala.

Really that's half the fun. If you were really murdered by that axe-wielding clown, nobody'd find you for years. There's a walk through a haunted barn, a ride on a haunted hayride, a "stroll" through a devious corn maze, and a forest walk that alleges to be unhaunted. Schyeah, right. It's open Friday-Saturday, 7:30-11:30 p.m. EDT, and Tuesday-Wednesday, 7:30-10:30 p.m. EDT. Admission is $10 per attraction, or $25 for three. Details:

Speaking of scary, Carmike and the Film Society of the Columbus Museum bring in "Sunshine." That's director Danny Boyle's ("28 Days Later") sci-fi terror trip about the crew of a spaceship desperately trying to reignite the dying sun. The film inexplicably didn't open here when released in July, and it's here for only a week. So I'll be checking that out Saturday.

Finally, bluegrass players Edgar Meyer, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas will display their scary musical chops with a four-star show at the RiverCenter, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $26-$39. Details: 706-256-3612.

—Brad Barnes


We've finally entered the time of year when a night on the Columbus party scene is actually supposed to be terrifying.

Halloween's just around the corner. Although the majority of nightlife events will take place Wednesday, there's plenty of opportunities this weekend for partiers looking for a cheap thrill.

Don't have a costume? You're not alone. Plenty of adults will spend the next couple days searching for that perfect Catholic schoolgirl getup.

I recommend hitting Night Moves, 2723 Manchester Expressway, where you can find plenty of skin-revealing costumes. The store's closed Sunday, so make this one an early priority. Call 706-576-5302.

Naughty nurse uniform in tow, head to Soho Bar & Grill, 5751 Milgen Road. The hot spot celebrates the first of two Halloween parties Saturday night. Atlanta-based rock acts Blacksmitz and Tayl will perform.

Cover is $5, and Soho will hold its second party Wednesday. Call 706-568-3316.

If you're not quite ready to have your fishnets tainted by cigarette smoke, get scared at the Asylum Haunted House, hosted by the Columbus State University Campus Nerds.

The event, held at CSU's Davidson Student Center, will have two separate haunted houses — one for kids, one for adults. It's $5 for adults, $1 for kids. Proceeds will help fund the second annual NerdaCon. Call 706-329-9028.

—Sonya Sorich NO! YOU FOOLS!

I'm certain some evil overlord would say those words if he heard you were planning to start your Christmas shopping the day after Thanksgiving. That road leads to madness, sore feet and general grouchiness.

Instead, follow the genius of my example and visit Christmas Made in the South — a three-day event starting Friday at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center, 801 Front Ave. They've got crafts, art and food. Adults pay $6. Pay your price that the ticket's for the show and start shopping.

Make sure you save a few hours Saturday afternoon for the latest running of the Chattahoochee Hash House Harriers. The group is meeting at 2 p.m. at the pavilion at Flat Rock Park. First-timers run free. The rest of you slackers must dish out $5.

And finally, cruise into Fountain City Coffee at your leisure over the weekend for a cuppa. While there, enjoy the free Wi-Fi (though you probably should purchase a beverage) and copies of the CSU literary mag floating around.

You fools!

— Alan Riquelmy