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Halloween happenings

Madison County is getting in the Halloween spirit this weekend with lots to do for all ages! To begin the festivities, on Friday, Oct. 30, Hanson United Methodist Church is hosting their Christian Swing Party at 6 p.m. Games of all kinds can be enjoyed throughout the evening by those attending: hanging doughnut eating contest, Halloween costume contest in two categories (homemade and store bought) and much more. Kids can roast hot dogs and marshmallows on the fire to make s'mores and take a hayride through out the back woods surrounding the church. To conclude the fun, there will be “Trunk or Treat.” There will be plenty of candy for everyone! Madison Church of God is celebrating Halloween with the Great Pumpkin Patch, which will be held until Sunday, Nov. 1. The hours of operation will be from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday and from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays. There will be a variety of different sizes of pumpkins with prices ranging from 50 cents to $3 and up for bulk pumpkins. There will also be a train ride for children and a bakery with homemade pumpkin pies, sweet potato pies, pumpkin rolls, homemade fruitcakes and other goodies. The pumpkin patch will have a photo background where families can have their pictures taken and processed while they enjoy looking through the pumpkins and checking out the bakery. For more information on the pumpkin patch and activities, please call the church at (850) 973-3339.

Greenville Baptist Church is hosting “Trunk or Treat” on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Greenville, with free hot dogs, drinks, popcorn and candy for everyone to enjoy. The City of Madison Police Department is also joining in on the fun and hosting the Annual Downtown Halloween in downtown Madison on Saturday, Oct. 31 beginning at 6 p.m. This event is free for all ages. A haunted house will be featured at Lake Park of Madison on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome; however, children must be accompanied by an adult, as some parts of the haunted house might be too scary for some ages. Food Giant is encouraging all ghouls, ghosts, witches, mummies and vampires to come into the store on Halloween from 9 a.m. until closing. All children in costume will be given a bag of candy courtesy of Food Giant Store 779. There will also be Halloween Karaoke for children and adults. Wild Adventures in Valdosta has a number of events for Halloween. Kid-O-Ween will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the park during the weekend. Several activities for the whole entire family will be held on Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31, including a costume parade, foam maze, Boo House and trick-or-treat around the park. At 6 p.m., Kid-O-Ween will transition into Terror in the Wild and continue until 11 p.m., featuring four haunted attractions, five scare zones, endless amounts of Creatures of the Dark and Comedy & Magic by Erick Olson. For more information on Kid-O-Ween and Terror in the Wild, visit www.wildadventures.com. Whether age five or 105, there's tons of stuff for all ages to enjoy during Halloween in Madison, so break out the costumes and experience Halloween Madison County style.

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