"Haunted Abilene" at the Swenson House - Just one of the many options for fall fun in Abilene!

This month there is no shortage of activities for the entire family to enjoy together in Abilene. Whether you’re looking for trick-or-treating, pumpkin patches, or haunted houses…we’ve got it! Pick your favorite activity and take your family, friends or visitors along for the ride.

Check it out if you dare! Abilene Mixed Martial Arts is hosting a Haunted Graveyard with three levels of scare, every Friday and Saturday through Halloween. Gates open at dusk; around 8 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $6 for children. Group discounts are also available. “Level One” is appropriate for younger children. Located at N. 10th and Judge Ely. All proceeds will help students compete at the 2011 U.S. Open in Florida, as seen on ESPN. Info: call 325-672-7022.

Make plans to attend a weekend of storytelling in historic downtown Abilene with some of America’s finest storytellers: Bobby Norfolk, Sherry Norfolk, Donna Ingham and Don Sanders. You won’t want to miss the daytime and evening concerts, workshops, eerie Ghost Stories, Story Swaps, West Texas Liar’s Contest and more at the Tejas Storytelling Association Tumbleweed Festival, Oct. 22-23. The festival will be held at the Elks Arts Center, National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature and the T&P Events Center. Day passes; individual tickets or festival passes are available. For a full schedule of events, visit their website.

The Abilene Preservation League presents “Haunted Abilene,” a family friendly weekend at the Swenson House and trolley tours around Abilene looking for ghosts, goblins and phantoms. Costumed guides will lead you through the Swenson House, located at 1726 Swenson Avenue that will be full of terrifying sights! While you are there, visit Dr. Sawbone’s Lab, the food court and outside children’s area. October 22-23, 6-11 p.m. each night. Cost is $10 for the house tour only, $15 per person for the trolley tour only (reservations required) and $20 per person for both. For more information, visit their website.

Join the animals for the annual Boo at the Zoo, October 23. Bring the family and trick-or-treat from “Treat Stop” spots while enjoying the animals. If you come before sunset, the animals will be able to be seen. 2-7 p.m. Gates will close at 6:30 p.m. The Zoo is closed to the public until the event. Tickets are $3 the day of the event, but only $2.50 is purchased prior at the Zoo Store. Everyone, including infants, must have a ticket to enter. Children of all ages are encouraged to dress for trick-or-treating. Costume contests will award winners with prizes throughout the event! Information: 325-676-6085.

On October 24, the Buffalo Gap Historic Village will host the Buffalo Gap Historic Village Fall Festival and Parade. Noon to 3 p.m.; costume parade starts at the Village at noon. Free admission all day. Call 325-572-3365 for more information.

Don’t forget— there is still time to stop by the Pumpkin Patch at Disability Resources, Inc., 3602 N. Clack St. Bring your cameras, family and friends and make this event a fun outing for a morning or afternoon. Thousands of photo opportunities and pumpkins to purchase! Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to dusk, and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to dusk; through Halloween. For more information, call 325-677-6815 or visit their website.