Halloween will be here before you can say "Boo" and whether it's tricks or treats you're after, there will be plenty of things to do over the next couple of weekends.
For the fourth year, the home economics building at the Brown County Youth Fair grounds off U.S. Highway 377 South, has been transformed into a "spooktacular" haunted house. A fund-raiser for the Brownwood Professional Fire Fighters Association, it was open for tours Thursday, and will be open for visits from 7 to 11 p.m. today and Saturday this weekend and the same hours Thursday, Friday and Saturday next weekend, as well as on Halloween.
Admission for those 13 and older is $7 and admission for children ages 8 to 12 is $5. BPFFA members recommend that children younger than 8 not participate.
Half of the money raised at the BPFFA's haunted house will go to the B.J. Carnes Scholarship Fund and the other half will go into the association's general fund.
Come next weekend, the BPFFA's haunted house won't be the only "fright" around. The brave and curious are invited to Victor Greenleaf's Hall of Nightmares, brought to you by the Brown County Museum of History and Alpha Psi Omega. Oh yes. Such creatures as Wolfman, Vampire, Swamp Creature and "monsters captured form every corner of the globe" will be roaming the halls of the 108-year-old jail from 7:30 p.m. until midnight Oct. 28, 29 and 30. Admission is $5 per person, with proceeds benefiting the museum.
Across town, the Boys and Girls Club Gym will be transformed into a ghoulish World of Terror haunted house, and guests and witnesses are invited to roam its confines from 8 until 11 p.m. next Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Admission is $8 per guest and all proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Brown County. The club is located at the old South Ward Elementary School site, 1701 Ave. L.
Two Early churches have planned fall festivals during the next week. The Early Church of Christ is hosting its festival from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday on the church grounds, with games and activities planned and free hamburgers and hot dogs being offered. On the Sunday before Halloween, Early First Baptist will host its fall festival, starting at 5 p.m. at the church.
Halloween, Oct. 31, falls on a Monday, and that is the day, or evening, children will be hitting the streets trick or treating. A statement in this week's Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce newsletter, acknowledged that though there are often calls before Halloween with people inquiring when the children will be "trick or treating."
The Chamber's response to the question is this, "Regardless of which day of the week Oct. 31 falls on, trick or treating will take place on that night."
A couple of "safe" and kid-friendly trick or treating activities are on the calendar for Halloween. As has been done for a number of years, candy will be given out from 6 to 8 p.m. that Monday at the Law Enforcement Center. Southside Church is hosting a "trunk or treat" event starting at 6:30 p.m. in the church's parking lot on Indian Creek Road.
Also, this year again, Bulletin staffers will be taking pictures of ghosts, goblins, super heroes, princesses and every other costumed character between 3:30 and 6 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Bulletin office. Come by for a quick pose.