Though there are no werewolf Bar Mitzvahs scheduled (at least that we're aware of), you can still have a spooky scary time this weekend with a host of Halloween-themed activities going on in the Newton area. Here are three of the highlights:
1. Falloween town
Being the last full weekend of the season, Spring Lake RV Resort outside of Halstead has a lot planned — with many holiday-themed festivities in store for "Falloween."
Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, there will be hayrides, games and a pumpkin carving/decorating contest at the clubhouse. Winners of the decorating contest will be announced between 3:30 and 4 p.m., when a costume contest will be held for all ages. Trick or treating will follow the costume contest and attendees are encouraged to dress up golf carts, wagons, etc. to get in the holiday mood.
Finally, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. there will be a haunted forest that guests can go through (though it is noted that some haunts may be too intense for young children). Wristbands for all of the day's activities are required and cost $5 per person.
2. Prevent a zombie apocalypse
Hunting season is open again with the Kansas Zombie Hunters (7727 NE 36th St., Newton), with only a few weekends remaining. Those looking to join the cause can go on a daytime hunt over the weekend (11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday) or track down the undead at night (7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday or 6:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday).
Precision shooting challenges are also offered on site and this year the Kansas Zombie Hunters have added the "Nighttime Woods of Horror" for brave souls to venture through. For more information on pricing for each activity, visit kansaszombiehunters.com.
3. A hauntingly good time
Once again, Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts will host its Haunt Fest at Memorial Hall on campus, with activities starting at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The family-friendly event will feature a cakewalk, build-your-own caramel apple station, spooky story time, games and prizes, fall photo booth, treat bag decorating, live music and dance and more.
Admission is free, but money is required to participate in the cakewalk ($1 for three tries), caramel apple station ($1 per bowl) and haunted house ($3 to enter). Doors to the latter, with a "Haunted Laboratory" theme this year, will open at 7:15 p.m. and is for ages 8 and up.