East Texas Halloween events
From Staff Reports
Oct. 21, 2011 at 10 p.m.
A chilling tour of the old Graystone Manor reveals the history behind the ghosts that roam the hallways of this once beautiful estate at 13481 FM 968 West, two miles east of the National Truck stop on FM 968. There will be signs posted for the haunt. VIP tickets are $25; general admission is $15.
The manor is open 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays and 7 to midnight Friday and Saturdays through Oct. 30. It's open 7 to 10 p.m. Halloween.
For information, visit www.graystonehauntedmanor.com or call (903) 387-1206
<strong>House of Horrors</strong>
Doc Wilkes House of Horrors, 1228 Market St., Longview, is thrilling and chilling again this year with five new rooms of fear. Hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Thursday; 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
Information is available on MySpace and Facebook or call (903) 297-5397. Tickets are $10 each or $9 each for groups of more than 20 people.
<strong>Pittsburg haunted house</strong>
The Pittsburg Volunteer Fire Department has organized a haunted house in an old hospital. The haunted hospital is open Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Guests are asked to come in through the front door and will travel through the haunted hospital in groups of four or five. Separate hallways are available for people 10 and younger and 11 and older.
All proceeds benefit the Pittsburg Fire Department.
<strong>Terror on the Bayou</strong>
The 10th annual Terror on the Bayou Halloween Festival in Jefferson is held each Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening through Oct. 29. Tickets are on sale at www.JeffersonRailway.com.
The Runaway Fright Train will feature creatures of the night. The scenes and haunters along the track will keep riders on the edge of their seats.
The 7:30 run of each evening is family-oriented for ages 2 and older, while the later runs kicks it up a notch.
For the ultimate Halloween experience, walk through the stalks of the Creepy Screamin' Corn Maze.
More than a dozen haunters in the maze will give walkers the willies. The maze is more than an acre and includes a walk through the Piney Woods, through the Haunted Cemetery and culminates with the infamous 100-foot underground Tunnel of Doom.
New this year is the CarnEvil of the Damned Haunted House, out in the middle of the Piney Woods.
Tickets to the event are available at www.JeffersonRailway.com and at the Historic Jefferson Railway.
<strong>Texas Fisheries Center</strong>
ATHENS - The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will hold the annual Halloween at the Hatchery from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Local businesses and organizations will hand out free candy, and the center will be decorated throughout with a Halloween theme. Admission is $1 per person, and minors must be accompanied by an adult.
For information, call (903) 670-2266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellis Home Decor and Garden Center, 3110 N. Eastman Road, Longview, has set Oct. 27 for the annual Pumpkin Glow from 5:30 to 8 p.m. School group pumpkin dioramas, individually decorated and carved pumpkins pumpkins will be on display. A hay bale maze, concessions and photo ops will add to the fun for this free event.
<strong>Overton-New London fest</strong>
The annual Fall Fest sponsored by the Overton-New London Chamber of Commerce is on tap 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in downtown Overton. East Henderson Street will be blocked off from Commerce to Rusk streets for games and food vendors to set up.
The annual costume contest will begin at 3:30 p.m. on the Music on the Square stage at the corner of East Henderson and Rusk streets.
The festival will include a pumpkin carving contest, cake walk, a dunking booth, Hip Hop Harry ring toss, trash toss, tire throw, balloon throw, bounce house and numerous food vendors. A local writer also will have a book signing of her mystery novel.
For information, email email@example.com or call the chamber at (903) 834-3542.
Costumes are optional at the Masquerade Ball at the Ramada Inn, 419 N. Spur 63, Longview. The MOS Band is scheduled to perform. Food and drinks will be available. Festivities are scheduled 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 29.
<strong>Pet costume contest</strong>
The Longview Public Library has scheduled a pet costume contest and pet fair with registration beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 on the Eastman Plaza at 222 W. Cotton St. Included in the costume contest categories are most unique, original, prettiest, handsome, scariest, funniest and best book-related. Many pet-related businesses will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate products.
The Humane Society of Northeast Texas will be there with its adoption trailer.
<strong>Comedy talent show</strong>
LINDEN -The Academy of Texas Music will present "Transylvania's Got Talent" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Academy Building at 301 E. Houston St. The show is hosted by Dracula and features judges Scarin' Osborn, Howly Mangel and Spears Organ, who take turns praising, pummeling and insulting "contestants" appearing on stage.
The audience is encouraged to arrive in costume and enter the informal costume contest. The show is tailored to audiences older than 18. Tickets are $13.13 and can be purchased at www.academyoftexasmusic.org/events or by calling (903) 756-8944. Only 100 tickets are available.
<strong>Dead Celeb Ball</strong>
SHREVEPORT - The Dead Celeb Ball at Artscare in Shreveport is set for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at artspace, 710 Texas St., downtown. Attendees are encouraged to dress as a favorite dead celebrity or to "dress to die for." Music is by Video Stars of Austin.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at artspaceshreveport.com. The ball is for people 21 and older.
<strong>Spooky Art Show</strong>
The Longview Museum of Fine Arts has scheduled its annual Spooky Art Show on Oct. 29. The museum opens at noon and will feature students' work from 16 East Texas schools.
The Little Museum of Horrors is open 1:30 to 4:45 p.m., and the Petrifying Pet Parade begins at 4:45 p.m.
The event is free; candy will be for sale. Registration forms are at the museum at 215 E. Tyler Ave. or can be downloaded at www.lmfa.org.
Yappy Hour begins at 5 p.m. with music from The Night Watchman. The event is free.
The Gregg County Historical Museum has scheduled a ghost tour from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Greenwood Cemetery at 705 Magrill St. in Longview.
Tours depart every 15 minutes. Take a walk with the past while meeting the interred residents of Gregg County in this "living" history tour of Greenwood Cemetery. Listen to resident ghosts discuss the formative years of Gregg County and meet a War of 1812 and Civil War veteran. Listen to a former mayor, encounter a bank robber and much more.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for students and children. People younger than 6 are admitted free.
<strong>ETCS Fall Festival</strong>
The East Texas Christian School has scheduled the annual Fall Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 in the school parking lot at 5621 FM 2087 in Longview. With over 25 game booths, a bounce house, dunking booth and hayride the festival offers a safe alternative to trick-or-treating on Halloween. Admission is free but game booths require 25-cent tickets.
<strong>Marshall Fall Fest</strong>
MARSHALL - The Marshall Fall Fest is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31 on North Washington Avenue with fun for kids of all ages. This year's festival is set to double the fun with two hay rides, two popcorn machines, two cotton candy machines plus dozens of people giving out candy.
Except for Gilmer, local municipalities are not suggesting a date for trick-or-treating or other Halloween-related activities. Most officials said they expect children to trick-or-treat Oct. 31, the official date for Halloween. Gilmer, however, has suggested Oct. 29 for trick-or-treating on the downtown square.
<em>- To submit a Halloween event, email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax (903) 757-3742 or call (903) 237-7744.</em>