Valdosta Daily Times

October 25, 2013

Halloween in Valdosta

Trick-or-treat, haunted houses, more

Matthew Woody
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — It’s that time of the year again, when ghosts, ghouls and goblins, will soon be roaming the streets of Valdosta. The Times wants to remind children and residents to stay safe, and be aware of your surroundings.

These event will be gone before you know it, so enjoy them while they’re here. They’ll have you in fits, but won’t return for another year.



TRICK-OR-TREATING

Valdosta Police Department has announced that the city’s annual trick-or-treating activity will take place 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Extra police patrols will be scheduled during this time to ensure the evening is both safe and enjoyable.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution and to be on the lookout for young trick-or-treaters. More information: Contact Valdosta Police Department Cmdr. Bernard Robinson, (229) 293-3104.



HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

The City of Valdosta offered the following safety tips for Trick-or-Treating:

• Children should walk in pairs.

• Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

• Adults should accompany children under 12.

• Children should wear flame-resistant costumes, and fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see them.

• Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.

• Adults should pin a slip of paper on their children with the child’s name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case he or she gets separated from the group.

• In addition to selecting a safe route with good lighting, children should also be equipped with flashlights with fresh batteries or glow sticks to increase visibility.

• Children should look both ways before crossing the street, and use established crosswalks wherever possible.

• Adults should inspect treats before children are allowed to eat them. Throw out unwrapped or unpackaged candy.



HALLOWEEN EVENTS

Haunted house at Reed Bingham State Park: The house will be open 7-10 p.m. today and Sunday. This year features two sections: the haunted house of pain and the haunted zombie lane hay ride. Local venders will be serving food and beverages.

“The event is intended for mature audiences, so parental discretion is advised,” according to park officials. “There will be strobe lights and fog machines, so people who have medical conditions should be advised.”

Admission: $2, the house or hay ride; $5 per vehicle parking fee.

The park is located on Highway 37, six miles west of Adel. More information: Contact the park office, (229) 896-3551; or visit gastateparks.org/reedbingham.



Terror in the Wild: Wild Adventures theme park has transformed into an endless nightmare every Friday and Saturday nights , concluding this weekend, from dusk until 11 p.m. The event is included in park admission, a 2013 or 2014 season pass.

The park will feature four haunted attractions including the all-new House of Oblivion, four scare zones, and wandering creatures. This event is not recommended for children under the age of 12.

Costumed visitors will not be permitted to enter the park during Terror in the Wild and select rides will operate. More information: Visit TerrorInTheWild.com



Kid-O-Ween: Wild Adventures theme park hosts Kid-O-Ween with family-friendly fun, concluding 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Oct. 27, 28.

At Kid-O-Ween, children are encouraged to show off their costumes and take part in new activities like a costume parade, foam maze, and Pounce and Crunch’s Spook-A-Rama show in addition to trick-or-treating, a dance party, etc.



Annual Adair Street Horror Haunted House: The 11th Annual Adair Street Horror Haunted House, 200 E. Adair St., 7-11 p.m. Oct. 25-31. Donations welcome. Proceeds go to an organization serving people with mental disabilities.



Raisin’ Cane Corn Maze: The market, corn maze and play area are all open. The Corn Maze and play area is open to the public 2-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Flashlight Night and Haunted Corn Maze runs from 7-10 p.m., Oct. 24-31. More information: Call (229) 259-2000; or email jessica@raisincanevaldosta.com.



If you are hosting a Halloween event, let us know at vdt.editorial@gaflnews.com