With fall officially here and Halloween approaching right on its heels, there's plenty to do for those looking to get in the holiday spirit. Three highlights:
1. Join the hunt
New to the area this year, the Kansas Zombie Hunters are inviting all persons interested to help fight in World War Z. For the base price of $20 (with additional charges for extra ammunition), individuals will load up in a trailer with mounted paintball guns and be taken through the infected area to dispatch the zombies running rampant at 7727 NE 36th St. (10 minutes northeast of Newton).
For those not interested in the high stakes zombie warfare, there will also be a daytime hayride paintball shoot offered by Kansas Zombie Hunters, as well as open play in the corn maze on site and marksmanship challenges at the shooting gallery. Zombie hunts will be offered from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays while daytime activities will occur between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the final weekend of October.
2. Hit up the hollar
Those looking for a less intense, festive fall experience can enjoy all that the adjoining Down in the Hollar pumpkin patch has to offer, including a corn maze, hayrack rides and weekend haunts.
Additionally, Down in the Hollar will be serving up concessions (i.e. funnel cakes, burgers, pulled pork, barbecue brisket sandwiches, etc.) for those participating in any of the on-site activities. On top of the weekend hours — from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday — Down in the Hollar will also be open during the week, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for schools and 4 to 6 p.m. for the general public.
3. Support a worthy cause
If containing the zombie outbreak wasn't enough, Kansas Zombie Hunters will also be participating in some more traditional goodwill, as proceeds from the Friday nighttime hunts will benefit various charities throughout its seasonal run. This weekend, proceeds will be going to Victory in the Valley, an organization that provides support for cancer patients.
If you go:
When: Daily and weekends through Oct. 31. Hours of operation vary.
Where: 7727 NE 36th St., Newton
How much: Admission for Kansas Zombie Hunters is $5 per carload. Other individual activities vary in price. For more information, visit www.kansaszombiehunters.com or downinthehollar.com.