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Halloween ghosts and goblins gather for fun

Kids and grown-ups have their pick of Halloween happenings. The fun starts this weekend.Friday & Saturday-Frightmare is a Halloween experience for all ages and shock thresholds Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25 and 26 and on Halloween. Two “tours” are set. Fright Lite for younger kids, under 12 or so, goes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Haunt runs from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 and are sold at the door. Frightmare is located in the Meldor Construction warehouse, County Road 335 (the road to Apple Tree Park) in New Castle.Saturday-Kids of all ages are invited to a Halloween Festival sponsored by the Silt Recreation Department. It will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Roy Moore Elementary School. The costume parade begins at 6:30. Everyone will win a prize. The parade will be followed by a pumpkin carving contest. The first to fourth place winners get gift certificates of $5 to $50. Kids and their parents can also take a hay ride from 6:45-8:15 p.m. The Silt Lions Club will sell chili and hot dogs.-The Mall Mash costume contest and parade is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Glenwood Springs Mall. The parade is from 1-2 p.m. There will be four categories of costumes, 0-4 years, 5-8 years, 9-12 years and 13 and up. Adults are encouraged to enter. Prizes will be awarded. The Glenwood Springs High School Epycs club will have a Haunted House all day.Sunday-Join in the spooky fun at a Halloween Carnival from 4-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Basalt Elementary School Gym. There’ll be a haunted house, cakewalk, games and activities. For more information, call the Basalt Recreation Department at 927-8214.Wednesday-The United Methodist-Presbyterian Church of Rifle junior youth group is sponsoring a community Halloween party at the church, 200 E. 4th St., Rifle, for children pre-school through 7, from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. There will be games, crafts, refreshments, prizes and a safe place to have a good time. For more information, please call 625-1603.-The Glenwood Springs Library, 413 9th Street, will take children ages 3-5 trick or treating at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, on the library block, on 9th between Blake and Cooper.Thursday – Halloween!-New Hope Church of New Castle will host the second annual Pumpkin Patch Family Carnival from 5-8 p.m. on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31, at Kathryn Senor Elementary School in the Castle Valley Ranch subdivision. Food and drinks will be provided along with free games and candy. There’ll be a cake walk, face painting, airplane toss, fishing pond, bowling, golfing, finger-nail painting and lots more with prizes at each booth. It will be a great time with a lot of adult supervision for the kids who’ll be all dressed up in their costumes and time for parents to visit with neighbors. For more information, call the New Hope Church office, 984-2656.-The Rifle Library will host a Halloween Parade for kids from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Halloween. Kids in costume will trick or treat to local businesses. For more information, call the library, 625-3471.-Rifle’s That Place teen center, 201 W. 2nd St., will host a party on Halloween night. There will be games, candy and live music for junior and senior high school students. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7 with music provided by Foolish Things from the Front Range and Rifle’s own Once Tarnished. Cost is $5 or bring a friend and one person gets in free. There’ll also be a snack bar. The evening is sponsored by the Mixed Nuts Pastors Network. For more information call the Rifle Youth for Christ office, 625-0133.-The Gordon Cooper Library in Carbondale will host the third annual Halloween Open House from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. It’s for all ages. Stop by for tricks, treats and Halloween fun.-The First Assembly of God of Glenwood Springs will host a Kids Rally on Halloween with prizes, a treasure hunt, puppets, stories and songs, human videos, a kid’s maze and lots of yummy goodies. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact the First Assembly of God at 945-9709-The Carbondale Recreation Department will host a Halloween Extravaganza from 10-11 a.m. on Halloween at Carbondale Town Hall for kids between the ages of two and six. There will be pumpkin carving, a costume contest and a parade around local businesses for trick-or-treats. Cost is $10. Pre-registration is required. Call the rec department at 704-4115.-The Glenwood Springs Community Center will host a Halloween party for children ages three to 11 from 5-8 p.m. on Halloween, at the community center. There will be a costume contest, a piata, the Castle bounce, treat bags and games. Free.-The 2002 Ryden Ranch Maize (corn) Maze in New Castle will be open Halloween day, weather permitting. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Kids under six get in free. It’s a mile of paths through cornstalks, but one wrong turn can become a two-mile adventure. A treasure is hidden within. For information and directions, call the Rydens at 984-2190.


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