The recent cool autumn weather is a sure sign Halloween is neat and there are plenty of seasonal activities around the Mid-Columbia to celebrate its arrival.
Check out this list:
-- Freak Fest Costume Ball, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29-30, Jack Didley's comedy club, 109 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick. 585-5665. Festivities include a comedy/hypnosis show with Don Barnhart, costume contest where the winner walks away with a trip to Jamaica, and music by DJ Scrappy. Cover charge is $7 for comedy show and costume ball or $2 for costume party. Open to 21-and-older crowd only.
-- Ghoulish gravestones and a straw maze covered with body parts, blood and knives are featured for Othello's Halloween haunts Oct. 22-23, 29-30 at the Othello rodeo grounds, 821 S. Reynolds Road. Nonscary tours are from 6 to 7 p.m. Really scary haunts are from 7 to 10 p.m. Cost is $5 at the door.
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-- The All Seasons Landscape & Design's Halloween festivities include a haunted four-acre corn maze, a straw bale pyramid, bounce slide, animal zoo, a haunted trail, as well as a haunted house. There also is a pumpkin patch where visitors can pick out their own jack-o'-lantern.
General admission is $9 Fridays and Saturdays with a $7 Sunday special. Entrance to the haunted sites is an additional $6. Hauntings are only on Friday and Saturday nights.
Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
All Seasons is at 6413 N. Road 68 in Pasco, off Interstate 182. For more information about the events, go to www.allseasonspasco.com or call 547-5363.
-- Ghosts, goblins and other things that go bump in the night will be taking over a Pasco park for the annual Haunted Forest.
Two more weekends of horror and fun are planned at Sacajawea Park from 7-11 p.m. Oct. 22-23 and 29-30.
Admission is $8 per person and organizers say "the terror will last until midnight if there are enough bodies."
The Haunted Forest is put it on by the Pasco Jaycees, Kennewick Lions and Rad Con.
Money raised will benefit the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Some money also will be donated to a charity selected by volunteers.
A special kids trick-or-treat trail with pictures, games, face painting, tattoos, candy, snacks and more is also planned in the park from 1 to 5 p.m. on Halloween. It costs $2 per child.
The Pasco Jaycees have been organizing a special Halloween "haunt" for 30 years, with haunted houses in several locations before creating the haunted forest at Sacajawea Park six years ago.
Parking for the Haunted Forest is at the Port of Pasco. A special bus will take people into the park.
For more information, call 308-5433.
-- Bill's Berry Farm's Apple and Pumpkin Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday through October at 3674 N. County Line Road in Grandview.
Festivities include U-pick apples and pumpkins, press your own cider, barnyard train rides, pony rides, children's play area and food booths.
There also will be demonstrations in making scarecrows, hands-on craft making, live music and vintage camping techniques with the Prosser Farmgirls.
Admission is free to all events.
-- A harvest bazaar is planned from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Senior Center, 500 S. Auburn St., Kennewick. There will be handcrafted items, antiques, holiday decor, collectibles, unique gifts, arts and crafts. Admission is free.
-- The Howl 'n' Scream Scram VII, a 5K and 10K and half-mile race event, starts at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 23 at Badger Mountain Park & Running Trail, 350 Keene Road in Richland. Registration is $17 with shirt, $8 without a shirt for adults, $13 with shirt, $4 without for kids. Cost is $1 more at the event. To register, call 509-378-2408 or 509-953-3160.
-- Halloween Social, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 28 at Canyon's Edge Winery, 3617 Plaza Way, Suite C, Kennewick. Event is sponsored by the Young Professionals of Tri-Cities.
-- A Trunk or Treat event is planned from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the parking lot at Virgie Robinson Elementary School, 125 S. Wehe St., off Lewis Street in Pasco. Children are welcome to drop by and trick or treat from car trunk to car trunk.
-- A Centennial Masquerade Dance starts at 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Community Center, 211 E. Elm St., in Connell.
DJ music provided by R&J Entertainment. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $8 for singles, $12 for couples. Kids 12 and younger are free. Prizes awarded for best costumes.
-- Halloween at the Museum, a Franklin County Historical Society event, is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Franklin County Museum, 305 N. Fourth Ave., Pasco. Festivities include a spooky atmosphere throughout the 99-year-old museum, visits from famous and not-so-famous ghosts, an authentic tipi from the Wanapum Indian Reservation and treats for the tricksters.
-- The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Princess Theatre in downtown Prosser. Admission is $20 and includes a props bag with rice, newspaper, toast and script. Doors open at 7 p.m. Costumes encouraged. The movie is rated-R. There also will be a social hour following the film at 10:30 p.m. in the theater's Green Room for those 21 and older.
-- Academy of Children's Theatre will hold a spooky night of treats and tales for kids of any age starting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the ACT studio, 213 Wellsian Way, Richland. Cost is $10 at the door. There will be a graveyard set and actors telling ghost stories and other urban legend tales.
-- Horror at the Big Top starts at dusk Oct. 31 at the home of Carla Watson, 5600 Maui Court in West Richland.
The haunted house features eerie fog, optical illusions, psycho clowns lurking in corners and even more scary music. Though the haunting is geared to teenagers, the organizer said they will tone down the scariness for the little ones.
There is no cost to go through the haunted house but visitors are asked to bring a donation of food to be donated to the Humane Society and Pet Over Population Protection.