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Pumpkin Patches

Lake Helen United Methodist Church

Lake Helen United Methodist Church invites families to enjoy its pumpkin patch, which is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and 12:30-7 p.m. on weekdays, and Sunday, Oct. 27.

First United Methodist Church of DeLand

The church’s pumpkin patch has been open since Oct. 5. The pumpkin patch is set up on the corner of East Howry and South Alabama avenues. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The proceeds from the sale of pumpkins fund youth and preschool activities.

St. Jude’s Episcopal Church

The church invites the public to enjoy its pumpkin patch, which has been open since Oct. 12. The hours are 4-7 p.m. on weekdays, and noon-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Haunted Houses

Halloween Haunted House

This spooky haunted house has the theme of “H.H. Holmes 1893 World’s Fair: A Trip to Nowhere.” A good-looking businessman lures many out-of-town guests into his brand-new grand hotel during the 1893 World’s Fair. The hotel is not at all what it seems: It contains stairs to nowhere, rooms made into gas chambers, peepholes, trapdoors and chutes that lead into the most sinister room of all — the basement. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and younger. Food and drink are available for purchase. The house is open 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Sorosis Club of Orange City, 222 E. University Ave. For more information, call 386-775-6814, or visit https://sorosiscluboforangecity.com.

Haunted Hollow

Enjoy this haunted experience inside the Artisan Alley Garage, 110 Artisan Alley (behind The Beacon office), DeLand. There’s a mild side designed for children, along with a wild side that’s designed to scare. Tickets cost $10, with the proceeds going to local charities. The event runs Wednesday, Oct. 23, through Thursday, Oct. 31, but not Sunday, Oct. 27. Scaring hours will vary by night: 6 to 10 p.m. on weeknights, 6 to 11 p.m. on weekends, and 6 p.m. to midnight on Halloween night.


Other spooky events

Halloween Spooktakular Walking Event

You can start this spooky walking adventure anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. The walk starts and ends at Colby-Alderman Park, 1099 Massachusetts St., Lake Helen. AVA Happy Wanderers are hosting this Saturday 5K and 10K. The event is open to the public as a fun family event. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $3 per person. For more information, visit www.happywanderersfl.org or call 386-214-3890 or 386-256-2160.

Halloween Among the Trees

For a more nature-oriented Halloween celebration, visit Lyonia Environmental Center, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona, between 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, Oct. 26. Enjoy a non-spooky time that includes crafts, hot apple cider and close encounters with some of the LEC’s scaly reptile animal ambassadors. Search for some creepy, crawling creature tracks along the Lyonia Preserve rusty root trail. Afterward, friendly costumed characters will hand out treats while you explore the LEC. This event is free. Reservations required; call 386-789-7207, ext. 21028.

Science Saturday: Mostly Green Halloween

The Gillespie Museum’s annual fall fair provides a showcase of hands-on activities and experiments demonstrating some of the mysteries of the plant and animal world. These features encourage visitors to engage with the wonders of nature. Gillespie Museum guides and Florida native-plant interns will lead activities in the museum and on its grounds, including a scavenger hunt, Mysterious Microscope chamber, book walk and watercolor workshop. This free event takes place 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at Stetson University’s Gillespie Museum, 234 E. Michigan Ave. Call 386-822-7330, or visit www.stetson.edu/other/gillespie-museum for more information.

First United Methodist Church Trunk-or-Treat and Harvest Festival

Children are invited to participate in a Costume Contest and Trunk-or-Treat Wednesday, Oct. 30, following an Impact dinner. The contest will begin at 6 p.m. in the church’s Life Enrichment Center. At 6:30 p.m., the children will go into the parking lot, where several church members will have their trunks and vans decorated and filled with treats for the children.

The cost for those attending the Impact dinner is $5 per person, with no family paying more than $15. Reservations are required by Monday, Oct. 28. Child care is provided.

The church will also hold its annual Harvest Festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, on the church campus and in the Life Enrichment Center. Admission is free, and there will be free entertainment inside the LEC.

Halloween Fall Festival

Get down to Lake Helen for this festival that includes a Trunk or Treat; games; bounce houses; hayrides; costume contest; grease-pole challenge; pumpkin bowling; and a dunk tank ($5 for three balls). Admission is free. The event takes place 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at 493 S. Lakeview Drive, Lake Helen.

Halloween Spooktacular

Get your spook on 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the City of Deltona’s premier Halloween party. The party goes down at Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex, 1200 Saxon Blvd., Deltona. Teens and adults should get ready to get the life scared out of them on a tour of the dark and creepy haunted trail and then guard their brains as they enter the zombie warehouse. These scary favorites feature more than 200 actors and actresses in full costume in a variety of scenes and scares. The trail and warehouse attractions are not suitable for young children, but little ones can still enjoy family fun with inflatables, a face painter, hayrides, a pie-eating contest, music, dancing, and a costume contest. This event is free. For more information, call 386-878-8900.

Haunted Hay Ride

Gates open at 7 p.m. at 6130 State Road 11 (1 mile south of State Road 40), DeLeon Springs. Enjoy an 18-minute hayride. Adult supervision is required. Wait time is 30 to 90 minutes. Large groups should call in advance. Cost: $15 per person (cash only). Call 386-212-1199. This event takes place Friday, Oct. 25; Saturday, Oct. 26; Friday, Nov. 1; and Saturday, Nov. 2.

Orange City Halloween Block Party

Enjoy a night of free family fun that includes trick-or-treating; costume contests for pets, kids and adults; bounce houses; a rock wall; a disc jockey providing music; and the movie in the park Hotel Transylvania 3 (at 7:30 p.m.). Those attending are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. Admission is free, as is popcorn. Other refreshments will be available for purchase. The party starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Mill Lake Park, 207 E. Blue Springs Ave., Orange City. Park at Volusia County Baptist Church, 261 S. Orange Ave., Orange City. Call 386-775-5410 for more information.

Creepy Candlelight Tours

At DeBary Hall Historic Site, guests will start their tour in the historic hall’s theater, where a storyteller will discuss the lives of previous tenants and describe some creepy customs born in the Victorian era. Then, visitors will enter the DeBary mansion, where they can expect some mild frights as they are escorted through the narrow hallways and darkened rooms once occupied by 19th-century wine merchant Frederick deBary and family. Children under age 12 will not be admitted. Reservations are required. Admission costs $10 per person. Call 386-668-3840 for more information. The event happens at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd.

Monsters on MainStreet

Kids can trick-or-treat with Downtown DeLand merchants 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, along Woodland Boulevard in Downtown DeLand. Participating merchants will be handing out candy. This free event also features a dance party and prizes. Call 386-738-0649 for more information.

DeBary Trunk or Treat

The City of DeBary will be sponsoring its third annual Trunk or Treat event 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Florence K. Little Hall, 12 Colomba Road, DeBary. Prizes will be handed out for best-decorated car and best costume. Simultaneously with the event, just next door at the DeBary Volunteer Firefighters building, a kitten adoption event will take place. Bring a cat carrier if you want to bring a kitten home with you.

Trinity United Methodist Church Trunk or Treat

The church will host its annual Trunk or Treat event for children and families 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at 306 W. Wisconsin Ave. in DeLand. Members of the church will decorate the trunks of their cars and dress up in costume to greet families. The event is free and open to the public. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by parents/guardians. For more information, call the church office at 386-734-4425 or email to diryouth@trinitydeland.org.

Glamour & Gore

Enjoy Downtown DeLand’s premier Halloween party 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, on West Georgia Avenue, Downtown DeLand. Prizes will be handed out for best costumes. The event also includes live music and unlimited admission to the Haunted Hollow haunted house. Tickets cost $25. This event is for adults age 21 and older, and a valid ID will be required for entry. Visit www.hauntedhollowdeland.com.

Enterprise Museum Trunk or Treat

Kids can get their fill of Halloween candy 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the Enterprise Museum, 360 Main St., Enterprise. People will give out candy from their decorated cars or other vehicles. Free for children receiving candy. Call 386-259-5900, or visit www.oldenterprise.org.

Deltona Christian Church Trunk and Chunk

The church is having a Trunk and Chunk 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, for the little ones. Pumpkin “chunking” — launching jack-o’-lanterns on a catapult — will take place at 7 p.m., and a Haunted Hospital Walk for teens and older people will happen at 8 p.m. The church is located at 960 E. Normandy Blvd., Deltona. For more information, call 386-574-2431, or visit www.deltonachristianchurch.org.

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church Halloween Trunk or Treat

It’s not too spooky, but this Trunk or Treat event is fun and and faith-inspired. Kids are invited to experience food, fun and candy. The event takes place 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at 509 E. Pennsylvania Ave. in DeLand.


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