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Haunted houses, costume contests dominate weekend calendar

ONGOING

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. Friday-Saturday and 7:30-10 p.m. Sunday. The barn and forest are not recommended for those younger than age 10. From Columbus, take the 13th Street Bridge to Phenix City and continue on U.S. 80 West for 18 minutes. Then take Ala. 71 for 2 miles. Pope’s will be on the left. Lee Road 724 Salem. $12 for one, $20 for two, $25 for three for adults. Kids 12 and younger pay $10 for one, $18 for two, $22 for three. 706-566-7766.

Building Quarantine II: This haunted walk-through is not recommended for children 12 and younger. 7:30-11 p.m. Oct. 29-31. Gallery 13, 1540 Veterans Parkway. $7. www.danny13.com

Ghost Tours: Tours are Oct. 28-31, 8:30-10 p.m. Meet at Marriott Hotel lobby, Ninth Street and Front Avenue. Cost is $13 (cash only), discount for guests in costumes. Click here for more details.

SATURDAY

Gone Batty — Your Insect-Eating Friend: A family workshop. 9:30 a.m. Saturday. $25 per family, $20 per family for members. Columbus Botanical Garden. 706-327-8400.

Fall Festival Pet Event: Pet Costume Contest, 1-3 p.m. Prizes and certificates for the winners. Includes silly dog tricks, pet photos, agility games, “Ask a Vet,” free nail trim, face painting, spooky trail walk, Moon Bounce for kids, pumpkin painting, pet adoptions, refreshments. jot dogs from Wright’s Cafe. To enter the costume contest, bring two “human” canned goods or $5. All donations are for the Banquet on the Bridge. Second Avenue Animal Hospital, 4025 Second Ave. Free to attend. 706-507-7297.

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. for children 11 and younger. Fort Benning and Phenix City. 6-9 p.m. 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.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Annual Fall Kids’ Weekend: Create art, compete in costume contests and enjoy other activities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. $1 per activity. 706-327-8400. Columbus Botanical Garden. 706-327-8400.

SUNDAY

Psycho-Ween: Watch the classic 1960 movie, “Psycho,” the Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the movie starts at 7:30 p.m. $10. Springer Opera House. 706-327-3688.

ELSEWHERE

Netherworld Haunted Houses: This year, the two haunted houses are Gargoyle and Dead Salvage. 7-11 p.m. tonight and Nov. 5-6 and 7 p.m.-midnight Friday-Sunday. 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. 6-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. 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. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. 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.

10th annual Haunted Trolley Tour: 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. tonight. Historic Downtown Milledgeville. $10-$15. 478-452-4687.

Halloween at the Callaway Family Home: Candy for children wearing costumes. 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday. Hills & Dales Estate, LaGrange. 706-882-3242.

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