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Albany Halloween festivities under way

spooky creatures, like this big black cat that was in the Rawson Drive neighborhood last year, are popping up as Halloween nears.

spooky creatures, like this big black cat that was in the Rawson Drive neighborhood last year, are popping up as Halloween nears.

ALBANY -- Haunted houses, church events and a 5K obstacle course are among the festivities those in the Albany area have to look forward to during this year's Halloween season.

There are two haunted houses in the area already in operation -- "Trail of Terror" and "Fright Nights."

The "Trail of Terror" is being held through a partnership between the Darton State College Servant Leadership division and Hasan Shriners. The trail began Friday and will be open today, Friday, Oct. 27 and Oct. 29-31 from 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

It starts at the Darton State College tennis courts. Admission is $7 per person. For more information, call (229) 317-6539.

In the meantime, the area Boy Scouts Council is hosting "Fright Nights" in the former Circuit City building at 1223 N. Westover Blvd.

"Fright Nights" has been ongoing since Oct. 12. It will be open today, Friday, Oct. 27 and Oct. 31 from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at the Chehaw Council office, 1100 N. Madison St., or by cash sales only at The Tattoo Shop, 2219 N. Slappey Blvd., for $8 each.

The haunted house is not recommended for children under 8 years of age, pregnant women and those with heart problems, coordinators say.

In the downtown area, the Flint RiverQuarium and Thronateeska Heritage Center are hosting "Tricks and Treats" again this year from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on Friday. An armband admission purchase at either location will allow entry into the festivities at both facilities.

Admission for all ages is $6 with a costume and $8 without a costume. Coordinators say there will be a candy path of treat tables along the riverfront trail.

The following day, "River Zombies: Race for Your Life" will be at Riverfront Park at 1 p.m. The 5K run and obstacle course, and fundraiser for the RiverQuarium, will allow participants to complete the entire course and all obstacles for a chance to win. Runners will wear "life flags," which the "zombies" will attempt to steal.

The minimum age to participate is 8 years. All participants must sign a waiver, or have a parent sign a waiver for those under 18. The entry fee is $30 the day of the race. For more information, call (229) 639-2650.

Chehaw has also been in the spirit of the season by hosting "Lost Woods of Chehaw" every Friday and Saturday so far this month beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The backstory for the event says that, when the first European explorers traveled through Southwest Georgia, they recorded the legend of the "Lost Woods" on the eastern bank of the Muckalee Creek. Almost 500 years later, scholars studying the legend continued to be shocked by the mysterious events that occurred there -- which continue to occur each year when the first full moon of October begins to wane.

Through the end of the month, "Lost Woods" will be open tonight and on the evenings of Thursday, Friday and Oct. 27 as well as Oct. 29-31. Tickets are $15 for Chehaw non-members and $12 for members for those wishing to "help document and solve the mystery occurring there."

On Halloween, Sherwood Baptist Church will be hosting its annual Candy Fest at Legacy Park at 2911 Leary Road from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The festivities will include inflatables, a live stage show, children's games and hay rides.

Admission to the event is one large bag of candy.

Meanwhile, Byne Memorial Baptist Church is hosting its annual "Judgement House." Referred to by coordinators as an alternative haunted house, "Judgement House" is described as a "walk-through gospel presentation concerning the truth of people's choices versus the earthly and eternal consequences."

"Judgement House" kicked off on Friday, and will continue today from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. It will also be held Friday from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Oct. 27 from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. and Oct. 28 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. There is no admission fee, but donations are being accepted.

For more information, call (229) 436-5700.