A black cat Halloween decoration stands menacingly outside this Rawson Drive home Wednesday.
ALBANY -- Aside from trick-or-treating, there are a number of activities in the Albany area for people to take advantage of on, and leading up to, Halloween.
On Friday, the Flint RiverQuarium and Thronateeska Heritage Center are teaming up to present "Trick and Treats" 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
An armband purchase at either location grants entrance to all of the festivities, as well as a candy path of treat tables along the riverfront trail. Admission for all ages is $6 with a costume, or $8 without a costume.
A costume contest for ages 6 and under will be held at 6 p.m. at Thronateeska. A separate contest for those 7 and older will be held at 7 p.m. in the RiverQuarium's Imagination Theater. A spooky dive show is planned for 6:30 p.m. at the RiverQuarium.
Other scheduled events at the RiverQuarium include games and candy stations throughout, animal presentations, spooky stories and cotton candy in the theater, a jumpy house and pumpkin carving demonstrations on the plaza as well as the "professor's laboratory."
At Thronateeska, there will be storytelling, face-painting, Halloween movies, candy stations, dinosaur bone puzzles, a weather center with floating heads and a witch with a bubbling cauldron. Hot dogs and drinks will be sold on the train platform by the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
A candy path along Riverfront Trail will connect the two facilities.
At the same time, the Chehaw Council, Boy Scouts of America is hosting another "Fright Nights" haunted house in the former Circuit City building at 1223 N. Westover Blvd. today through Saturday, and on Monday, 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m.
Tickets are $7 per person, which can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting the Chehaw Council.
Scout officials said previously that they expected 6,000 visitors while the haunted house was in operation this year. The venue is not suitable for children under 8, pregnant women or people with heart problems.
Also, Darton College is partnering with Hasan Shriners again this year to host another "House of Horrors" haunted house at the vacant Office Max building on North Westover Boulevard behind The Albany Mall 7 p.m.-11 p.m. today through Saturday.
"All the responses we've heard have been very good," said Matt Tanner, who had a role in organizing the project on behalf of Darton. "We've been told that there have been a lot of good scares, and the actors' performances have been spot on.
"We've heard nothing but good responses."
The haunted house generally brings in an average of 300 people a night, Hanner said.
The cost to get in is $7 per person, and admission is free with a Darton College student ID. Pre-sale passes are available at the Hasan Shrine Temple on Palmyra Road.
Darton will also be hosting a marathon reading of "Dracula" on Monday. The reading will begin at 8 a.m. in the Student Center, room C-266, and will continue until all 27 chapters and the concluding note have been read.
People can stop by throughout the day to listen to the readings and, in keeping with the Halloween spirit, dressing in costume is encouraged. This event is free and open to the public, during which the Darton Honors Program will be selling Halloween-themed treats 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Afterward, on Monday, Sherwood Baptist Church will be hosting CandyFest at Legacy Park at 2911 Leary Road,6 p.m.-9 p.m.
At the event, officials will be offering inflatables, candy, games, food, hay rides and a live stage show. For admission, all that is requested is one bag of candy.
"We expect 6,000-8,000 people from Albany and the surrounding community to attend," said Ken Bevel, senior associate pastor of connections and major events at Sherwood. "We expect it to be a great time."
Also, Byne Memorial Baptist Church is hosting a "Judgment House" 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.
The Judgment House is a walk-through dramatic presentation about people's choices and their consequences, often portrayed through common tragedy, in this life as well as the next. A series of rooms are used to tell a story, which people are taken through in a group of up to 20 people every 10-15 minutes.
It's described by officials as an "alternative haunted house." Byne has been doing it annually during the Halloween season for 15-20 years.
"There are so many people looking for a haunted house," said Hal Pinson, missions coordinator and facilities manager at the church. "It scares you when you think how quickly life can change."
There are usually 1,200-1,300 participants who come through each year, Pinson said. There have been church groups from Alabama and northern Florida that have come to Byne for the program, he added.
Byne is one of five churches in Georgia offering it this year. There is no cost for admission.