By Gini Rainey
Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1st as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by kid-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. This year’s celebration of Halloween in America is expected to push the amount of money spent on this event to more than 9 billion dollars.
We’ve crawled all over the place and rounded up the following events to help you make some exciting plans for the celebration of fall and All Hallow’s Eve this year:
October – Every Weekend – Pumpkin Patch at Texas State Railroad – Take a ride on the Texas State Railroad that features an hour and a half layover at the pumpkin patch at the depot where you can pick your own pumpkin. For more info find the event on Facebook.
October – Every Weekend (Saturdays, 10am-6pm; Sundays, 1-5pm) – Moore Farm – Located at 22142 CR 181, Bullard. Take a hayride to the pumpkin field to pick your own pumpkin and wander through the corn maze. For more info go to facebook.com/moorefarmsbullardtexas.
October – Every Weekend (7-10:30pm) – World of Khaos Thrill Park – 33,000 square feet of random haunt matter greets you at 816 E. Oakwood, Tyler. Tight security in place. General Admission is $20. For more info go to facebook.com/WorldOfKhaosThrillPark.
October – Every Weekend through November 5th (Fridays, 6-10pm; Saturdays, 10am-10pm; Sundays, 12-6pm) – Yesterland Farm – Located at 15410 Interstate 20, Canton, Fall Festival and Fright Nights provide plenty of family entertainment. For more info go to yesterlandfarm.com.
October 5th (7pm) – Double Feature: “Frankenstein” and “The Bride of Frankenstein” will be showing at Liberty Hall, 109 E. Erwin, Tyler. For more info go to libertytyler.com.
October 6th-8th, 13th-15th, 20th-22nd, 27th-31st – The Forest of Fear – A brand-new Halloween attraction in Tyler will begin with a short, haunted hay ride from the parking lot up to the main gates followed by an hour long walk of terror through the Forest of Fear that is filled with horrifying Halloween fun. $15 admission. For more info go to toursoftyler.com/forest_of_fear.
October 6th-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-28th – Jellystone Park at Whispering Pines RV and Cabin Resort has lots of fun fall activities planned. Whispering Pines is located at 5583 FM 16E, Tyler. For more info go to jellystoneatwhisperingpines.com.
October 13th (7pm) – “Friday the 13th” will be showing at Liberty Hall, 109 E. Erwin, Tyler. For more infogo to libertytyler.com.
October 14th (8:30pm) – Ghost Walk – Meet at the fountain in Downtown Tyler for a 2-hour tour. $8 per person.For more info go to toursoftyler.com/tyler_ghost_tours.
October 14th (10:30pm) – Haunted Tyler Tour – Meet at the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, 315 N. Broadway. Unique, scary, and interesting, this 3-hour tour will take you to several haunted places in Tyler. Adults are$15, Kids 12 and under are $7. For more info go to toursoftyler.com/tyler_ghost_tours.
October 14th (10am-5pm) – Prowl O Ween – Join Pepe and his pride at Tiger Creek Wild Life Refuge as they are on the prowl for a fun filled day. Expect to trick or treat throughout the grounds, participate in activities, and visit with special guests. Pepe hopes to see everyone in their best costumes. Tiger Creek is located at 17552 FM 14, Tyler. For more information visit facebook.com/tigercreekwildliferefuge.
October 19th (7pm) – “The Thing” will be showing at Liberty Hall, 109 E. Erwin, Tyler. For more info go to libertytyler.com.
October 24th (5:30-8pm) Pooches on the Patio at Juls – Bring your costumed pooch and enjoy a great meal at Juls, 7212 Old Jacksonville Hwy., Tyler. For more info go to spcaeasttx.com/events-calendar.
October 26th (4-7pm) – Fall Family Fun Festival will be held at the Glass Center, 501 W. 32nd St., Tyler. Children are encouraged to wear costumes to the free festival, and they can receive candy and play games.
October 27th (8pm) – “Rocky Horror Picture Show” Virgin Edition will be showing at Liberty Hall, 109 E. Erwin, Tyler. For more info go to libertytyler.com.
October 28th (9pm-12) – Halloween at Lago – Featuring live music by Workin’ On It and drinks by the lake. Costumes encouraged. Lago del Pino is located at 14706 CR 1134, Tyler. For more info go to facebook.com/lagodelpino.
October 28th (7-10pm) – Boo Bash – Hosted by KDF Dance and Gym, 2612 S. Main in Lindale. Put on your coolest costume, bring your best dance moves, and enjoy the 2017 Boo Bash, a Dance for all 5th & 6th grade students. Costume Contest, Snacks, Decorated Pumpkin Contest, and fun. For more info go to facebook.com/KDFDanceandGym.
October 28th (11pm) – “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and Floor Show will be showing at Liberty Hall, 109 E. Erwin, Tyler. For more info go to libertytyler.com.
October 29th (5-7pm) – Trunk or Treat – Pollard UMC, 3030 Copeland Rd. is hosting this family friendly event. Wear your costumes, win prizes, play games, and have fun.
October 29th (6-9pm) – 2nd Annual Community Fall Festival – Family friendly event being held at Southpoint Church, 8171 CR 2170 Rhones Quarter Rd. For more info go to facebook.com/SouthPointCOG.
October 31st (7pm-12am) – Forest of Fear – Located at 3125 CR 317 in Tyler, The Forest of Fear is over half a mile walk on a trail, in the dark, through a terrifying forest where your fears will come to life. Do you dare to enter the Forest of Fear and if so, will you survive? For more info go to eventbrite.com/e/forest-of-fear-texas-tickets.
October 31st (6-8pm) – Harvest Festival – Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville will be hosting this family fun event that features games, food, prizes, and more. Central Baptist Church is located at 1909 E. Rusk, Jacksonville. For more info find the event on Facebook.
October 31st (7pm) – “Halloween” will be showing at Liberty Hall, 109 E. Erwin, Tyler. For more info go to libertytyler.com.