By BRAD KELLAR
A haunted house operated by a local service organization is helping make sure area families in need have enough to eat.
The Haunted Landmark is offering a discounted admission to the popular attraction on Halloween night, for those bringing food donations to Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH).
There are lots of events and activities on this weekend’s schedule, for those wanting to celebrate the fall season or get in a good fright.
— The Haunted Landmark, 2920 Lee Street in Greenville, presented by the Greenville Rotary Club and the Greenville Rotary Post Office Foundation will operate between 7 p.m. and midnight today and also on Halloween night. Tickets for The Haunted Landmark, which is said to be 30 percent larger than last year’s inaugural effort, are $12 per person. But anyone bringing in two more canned goods for FISH on Halloween will get $2 off of admission. Those wanting additional information can call Bob Arrington at 903-883-4206 or Gloria Jordan at 903-454-2345 during normal working hours.
— Odyssey Hospice in Greenville is offering the “Boo to You Halloween Carnival” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hunt County Fairgrounds. The event is for the general public as well as those served by the agency. The event is scheduled to include hot dogs and nachos provided by the Cash Fire Department; a Dunk a Hunk Dunking booth; an FEC Arch Demo; games, a cake walk and a bounce house; cotton candy and popcorn; a costume contest with prizes from Studio A Dance Company; a pie eating contest with prizes donated from Coker-Mathews Funeral Home and Kwik Kar Auto Spa; and an appearance by Elvis at the end of the day.
— The W. H. Ford High School Blue Belles Haunted House will be open tonight, Saturday and Sunday, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the first house on the right after passing Ford High School on State Highway 34. Admission is $5.
— “Scare on the Square” is scheduled between 5 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Farmersville. The evening includes karaoke, a costume contest, games and live music.
— The Greenville Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the Second Annual Freaky 5K Costume run/walk starting from the Greenville SportsPark at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, followed at 7 p.m. by a free Movie in the Park featuring “Despicable Me.” Proceeds will be donated to the Greenville Lions Club “Spirit of Giving” and additional details are available by calling 903-457-2994 or at www.inparksweplay.com.
— Weekend Ghost Walks are scheduled in downtown Greenville each Friday and Saturday night. The tours are conducted by a guide in Victorian costume, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the “The Spot” Garden, 2800 Lee Street and feature a haunted winery, a theater where famous actors from the past still perform and a depot where ghostly passengers wait for trains that no longer arrive. Participants will hear about a Victorian triple-drowning, Civil War conflicts, an early red light district , and moving objects at the site of a former gallows. Tickets are $12 per person and additional information is available at 903-217-8851.
— The “Haunt House” is open at 4935 Interstate 30 West in Caddo Mills, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, as ell as on Halloween night and November 1-2. The “Haunt House” is described as a walk-through attraction “filled with terrifying live actors, Hollywood style sets and incredible monsters.” Admission is $17 per person, with VIP tickets available for $7 more and with free parking. More information can be found at www.thehaunthouse.com.
— Bowie Elementary School, 6005 Stonewall Street in Greenville, has a fall festival scheduled between 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, including kids games, bounce houses, bingo, a cake walk, a silent auction and food.
— The YMCA of Greenville & Hunt County is celebrating fall with a festival starting at 6 p.m. Saturday. The event is open to the public and will include carnival games, a bounce house, face painting, a cake walk, and more.
Admission to the festival will be 10 canned goods per family, which will go toward the YMCA’s annual food drive to support FISH.