Fall, Fun & Fright: Halloween & More!

There are plenty of activities and events centered around the Halloween season.  Here’s all the Buzz for Fall, Fun and Fright in and around Massac County.

Now Open
Travis Family Farm 
Fri.-Sat. 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sun. 1:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.
They have a large variety of pumpkins, gourds, giant pumpkins, straw, corn stalk bundles, and pie pumpkins. They have animals, pumpkin tic tax toe table, corn box and straw maze for the kids. Choose from picked pumpkins or pick your own in the patch.

Month of October
Scarecrow Contest for Charity
Market Street, Metropolis
Businesses & Organizations are invited to participate in the 1st Ever Metropolis Scarecrow Decorating Contest. The public is invited to vote for their favorite scarecrow with donating money at the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce office. The winner will receive all donations collected to donate to their Massac County charity of choice. Suggested charities include but are not limited to COPE Food Pantry, Guardian House Women’s Shelter, Hope Unlimited, etc. The City of Metropolis will match the donation up to $250.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 20-21, 27-28 and Tuesday, Oct. 31
Haunted House of Horrors
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Anna Arts Center, 125 W. Davie St, Anna, Il.
Come if you dare to meet your worst nightmare. The demons and ghouls that rule the abandoned fire station will give you a run through the maze. Admission is $5 per person or groups of 5 for $20. For information, call 904-625-1109 or visit Facebook Page.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 21-22
Annual Vulture Fest
Sat. 11:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m.
Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Downtown Makanda, Illinois
Black vultures and turkey vultures fly and swoop in the skies each fall. This event is a celebration of the vulture’s annual migration with live music and displays by local artists for purchase. Event held the 3rd weekend of October.  Website

Saturday, Oct. 21
Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest

Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Riverside Park, Murphysboro
Event celebrates the heritage and growth of the craft beer industry in Murphysboro. The event not only donates the proceeds to local charities in the community, but gives back to those who enjoy something different. Relish the scenery of historic Riverside Park, enjoy the live music of Nine88 and Rusty Nail and sip on some of the freshest beer in Southern Illinois.  Website  Facebook

Saturday, Oct. 21
7th Annual Maiden Alley Oktoberfest
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Market House Square, Broadway & Kentucky Ave., Paducah
Bavarian food by Kirchoff’s, craft beer, art vendors, and German car show. Live music all day with performances by Solid Rock’it Booster, The Hooten Hallers, catl, Curio, Paducah Polka Band and more. Funds raised will aid in generating much needed operating support for Maiden Alley Cinema. Website

Saturday, Oct. 21
Fountain Avenue Fall Festival
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Lang Park, 350 Fountain Ave., Paducah, Ky.
The family-oriented festival includes free food, games, activities, and a hayride. A movie will be shown at dusk. Costume contest is at 5 p.m. For information, call 270-444-8690.  Website

Saturday, Oct. 21
Downtown Walking Ghost Tours
7:00, 7:30, 8:15, and 8:45 p.m.
Market House Theater, 141 Kentucky Ave., Paducah, Ky.
Walk the streets of Downtown Paducah led by a Ghostly Guide as you walk to the actual sites filled with history, legend and lore and hear about the side of Paducah history filled with murder and the terrors of the nights. Tickets $15 for adults and $5 children, ages 12 and under.  Not recommended for children under 5 years old. For details, see Facebook or call 270-444-6828.

Wednesday-Sunday, Oct. 25-29
Judgment House
Wed.-Fri. 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Sat. 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sun. 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis
Judgement House is a walk-through drama that presents the truth of people’s choices versus the consequences of those, decisions both in this life and the next. Walk-ins and groups are welcome. Reservations are preferred. Tours depart every 10 minutes. No admission charge. Donations will be accepted.   Website

Thursday, Oct. 26   (register by Oct. 23)
Mason Jar Lid Pumpkin Craft

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Metropolis Library, 317 Metropolis St.
Due to the cost of materials for this program, we will be charging $4.00 per person. This program is intended for ages 18 and up. Please register by Mon., October 23rd. For information, call the library at 618-524-4312 ext. 3.

paranormal ghostologyThursday, Oct. 26
Paranormal Ghostology
7:00 p.m.
McCracken County Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, Ky.
Presented by Gavin Kelly & Paula Purcell, The Phantasmic Ghost Hunters. Program provides an in-depth look at ways you can learn the difference between normal (man-made) and the paranormal. The investigative team will discuss how to detect and avoid false positives, examine various instruments used for investigations, and share their unique experiences working in the field. Free program is held in the 2nd floor meeting room. For information, contact Bobbie Wrinkle at 270-442-2510 ext. 117 or bwrinkle@mclib.net. For program details, visit website.

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 27-28 
Haunted Forest and Spooky Hayride

6:00 p.m.
Main Brothers Campground, 186 Campground Rd., Karnak
Come and bring the whole family for a night of fun. There is a $3 charge for one time through or $5 charge to go through 2 times. There will also be a bonfire. Hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and cotton candy available for purchase. For information, call 618-634-9311.

Friday, Oct. 27
Halloween in the Meadows
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Misty Meadows Senior Living, 2550 Devers Rd., Metropolis
Parents are encouraged to bring the kids dressed in costume for a fun time. Refreshments and door prizes offered.

Saturday, Oct. 28
Wooftober and Howl-O-Ween Pet Adoption & Costume Contest
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Stuart Nelson Park, 175 Stuart Nelson Park Rd., Paducah, Ky.
5K Rover Run/Walk starts at 11 a.m. with an entry fee of $5. Money goes to shelter of your choice.  Carve your best pet themed pumpkin at home and bring to event to be judged at 1 p.m. Vendors will be set up and you can buy lunch from Rivertown HotDogs. Costume contest is free and registration begins at 2 p.m. Small Dogs parade at 2:30 p.m. Large Dogs parade at 3:00 p.m. Awards ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Puppies and dogs available for adoption.

Saturday, Oct. 28  (register by Oct. 23)
Halloween Party at the Library
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Metropolis LIbrary, 317 Metropolis St.
This free program is intended for the whole family. There will be a costume contest for the parents and kids. There will also be some spooky games and some ghoulish snacks will be served. Please call or come by the library to register by Monday, Oct. 23rd to make sure they have enough refreshments. For information, contact Angela Lockard at  618-524-4312 ext. 3 or alockard1982@gmail.com.

Saturday, Oct. 28
4th Annual Trunk Or Treat
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fort Massac Park, 1308 E. 5th St., Metropolis
Fun, safe and family oriented event for the community. There will be a bouncy house and free hot dogs and drinks while supplies last. There will also be a booth decorating contest and “Not-So-Haunted Trail along with a scavenger hunt. Stuff the Van will be collecting donations for the Weekend Blessings backpack program. For information or to make donations, call Neal Pankey at 618-524-4712.

Saturday, Oct. 28
Metropolis Super Zombie Walk
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
8th and Market Streets, Metropolis
Wear your frightful, fearsome zombie clothes and rattle your bones in the street. There will be a costume contest and the event is free. Live music by Timmy Dunn Band.

Sunday, Oct. 29
Waldo Fall Festival
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Waldo Baptist Church, 6970 Waldo Church Rd., Metropolis
Waldo’s fall festival is a special event for all families and friends. Hayride & Cookout (weather permitting), fun & games for the kids. Everyone welcome!

Sunday, Oct. 29
Fall Fun Night
4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
First Christian Church, 420 Catherine St., Metropolis
All families are welcome to attend a free night of Fall Christian Fun.  Food games and other activities are being planned.  Just bring a pumpkin to carve or paint.  All decorating supplies will be provided.  Enter through the Education Building by the parking lot and go downstairs to lower level. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 25 by calling Tonya Wiseman at 524-2331.

Monday, Oct. 30
MCHS Trunk or Treat
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Massac County High School, 2841 Old Marion Rd., Metropolis
Children in elementary school or younger are invited to participate. Activities will be on the front parking lot. Sponsored by the Honor Society.

Sunday, Oct. 29
Annual St. Paul Trunk or Treat
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 520 Ferry St., Metropolis
Chili and hot dog supper at 5 p.m. and trunk or treat at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and  attendees can wear costumes if they wish.

Tuesday, Oct. 31
Trick or Treat Hours
5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Metropolis, Brookport, Joppa
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Paducah, Ky.
Drivers need to be especially careful as they travel during these hours. Residents are asked to have their porch lights on if they are distributing treats to costumed youngsters

Tuesday, Oct. 31
Immanuel Baptist Trunk or Treat
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Immanuel Baptist Church, 1119 Market St., Metropolis
Games will be featured along with hot dogs, hayride and more.

Tuesday, Oct. 31
Eastland Trunk or Treat
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Eastland Life Church, 716 E. 3rd St., Metropolis
Come out for games and candy. They would love to see you there.