By BRAD KELLAR
There are lots of ways area residents can scare up a good time at some of their favorite haunts between now and Halloween.
— 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. next Saturday, October 26, 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 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.
— The Haunted Landmark, presented by the Greenville Rotary Club and the Greenville Rotary Post Office Foundation will operate between 7 p.m. and midnight every Friday and Saturday in October 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, although those wishing to tour the attraction can “like” it on Facebook for a discount groups of 10 or more can also receive a discount and can arrange for a private tour. Those touring The Haunted Landmark are warned they do so at their own risk. All profits raised from operating the attraction will be put back into the community by way of the Rotary Club’s charity projects and scholarships. Those wanting additional information can call Bob Arrington at 903-883-4206 or Gloria Jordan at 903-454-2345 during normal working hours.
— The City of Greenville, along with Hunt County, DrugFree Greenville and downtown merchants are hosting Halloween on the Square from 4 to 6 p.m. October 31. Lee, Stonewall, Washington and Johnson Streets bordering the Hunt County Courthouse Square will be closed and businesses will be opening their doors for trick-or-treaters. Halloween on the Square has been known to draw more than 1,000 children and their parents to participate. Live music will be performed by the Blandelles and $1 hot dogs will be offered during the evening. There will be costume contests for ages 0-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 and there are also expected to be inflatable slides and a bounce house. Additional information about Halloween on the Square is available by calling 903-457-3138.