Save the date for these Halloween activities

Check out the locally-created scarecrows on display now at The Landings. Over 50 scarecrows are placed in various locations around the shopping center. Scarecrows can be seen through the week.


Howlin’ Halloween at PAWS Humane! Families and their furry friends are invited to PAWS Humane, 4900 Milgen Rd., 4-7 p.m. for trick-or-treating through the shelter, games such as cupcake walk or beanbag toss, snacks and crafts. The Pet Costume Contest will be held at 5:30 p.m. All pets are welcome to enter the contest and prizes will be given for Scariest, Most Original, Best Matching Pair and more. Not for the faint of heart, the Spay/Neuter Clinic will be converted into the Mad Scientist's Laboratory. 706-565-0035.

Spooktacular Halloween Festival: Family friendly event is 5-7 p.m. Held on Broadway in downtown Columbus, Spooktacular includes activities for kids, a costume contest, treats and family fun. Free to attend. 706-596-0111.

Halloween Trick-or-Treating: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30, for children 11 and younger. Fort Benning. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 30, for children 11 and younger. Columbus. Make sure to wear fire-resistant, reflective costumes and the costumes are not too long to prevent tripping; costume makeup is better than masks; carry a flashlight; be careful crossing the streets. 706-653-4712.

Trunk or Treat Halloween Alternative: 3-6 p.m. Harvest Faith Community Church, 7777 Whitesville Road. Door prizes, inflatables, free hot dogs, face painting and volunteers from the church giving out candy from the trunks of their cars. Open to the public. 706-322-1447.


Pope’s Haunted Farm: A haunted hayride, a walk through a haunted forest and a tour of a haunted barn. 7:30-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30 and 7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 24 and Oct. 31. Note: The barn and forest are not recommended for those younger than age 10. Directions: From Columbus, take the 13th Street Bridge to Phenix City and continue on U.S. 80 West for 18 minutes. Then take Russell Highway 71 for 2 miles. Pope’s will be on the left. Using a GPS? Type in Lee Road 724 Salem, Ala. $12 for one, $20 for two and $25 for three for adults. Kids 12 and younger pay $10 for one, $18 for two and $22 for three. 706-566-7766.Annual Fall Kids’ Weekend: Create art, compete in costume contests and enjoy other activities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 30 and 1-4 p.m. Oct. 31. $1 per activity. 706-327-8400. “Gone Batty — Your Insect-Eating Friend.” A family workshop. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 30. $25 per family, $20 per family for members. Columbus Botanical Garden. 706-327-8400.


Netherworld Haunted Houses: This year, the two haunted houses are Gargoyle and Dead Salvage. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 14, Oct. 17-21, Oct. 24-28 and Nov. 5-6 and 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 15-16, Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-31. Georgia Antique & Design Center, 6624 Dawson Blvd., Norcross. $22 for Gargoyle; $27 for both Gargoyle and Dead Salvage; $50 for a SpeedPass that allows you to skip the line for both haunted houses. 404-608-2484.

Fright Fest: Features family and children-oriented activities and haunted houses geared for various ages. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30; noon-9 p.m. Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31; 6-11 p.m. Oct. 22, Oct. 29. Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway (three miles west of I-285 on I-20 at the Six Flags exit), Austell. $49.99; $34.99 for children 48 inches tall and shorter at the gate; $34.99 online. $15 for parking. 770-948-9290.

Wild Adventures Theme Park: Features Kid-o-Ween and Phobia (not recommended for children 12 and younger). 4-11 p.m. Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Oct. 29; noon-11 p.m. Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Oct. 30; noon-6 p.m. Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31. 3766 Old Clyattville Road, Valdosta, $45.99; $40.99 for children 3-9 and seniors 55 and older; $24.99 online only. Parking: $10. 229-219-7080.

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