Halloween is fast approaching and fans of the holiday will have plenty to do this weekend, with a number of themed activities being held. Here are a few highlights:
1) A "Spooktacular" evening
The Newton YMCA (701 Wheatridge Dr.) is getting into the season by hosting a Spooktacular Family Fun Night from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Admission is free to the public.
As part of the evening, there will be numerous Halloween-themed festivities to take part in, including games, crafts, hay rack rides and more.
2) A haunting encounter
For those looking for a little more intense Halloween fun, Harvey County Parks will be hosting its third-annual haunted walk from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 at West Park (2511 West Park Dr., Burrton).
This year's theme is "The Curse of the Traveling Carnival." Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The haunted walk is not recommended for young children; there will be no kid's walk this year.
Admission is $5 per person. Donations of a nonperishable, nonexpired food item grant a $2 discount towards admission (limit one discount per admission), with donations going to the Harvey County Food Bank.
3) A gourd old time
What's a Halloween season without a trip to the pumpkin patch? P and M Pumpkin Ranch (311 16th Ave., Moundridge) happens to be one of the most conveniently located for Harvey County residents and offers plenty to do in the fall.
New activities at the ranch in 2019 include an obstacle course, bounce houses, corn hole, etc., which joins a list that already includes a corn maze, wagon rides, pig races and more.
Fridays during the fall, visitors are also welcomed to bring their own picnic lunches from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. out to the ranch. The Hesston and Moundridge libraries are partnering to take advantage of that policy, hosting story time from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 25 at the ranch's Cottonwood campsite.
General admission to P and M Pumpkin Ranch is $9 (and free for children 2 and under). For more information on activities and hours, visit pandmpumpkinranch.com.