Photo courtesy of the Abilene Reporter-News & Frontier Texas!

There’s no shortage of activities for the entire family to enjoy together this Halloween weekend in Abilene! Whether you’re looking for fall festivals, pumpkin patches or haunted houses – we’ve got it! Choose your favorite activity and take your family, friends or visitors along for the (safe and affordable) ride!

Play Faire Park will host their annual Haunted House with McMurry’s HEI Fraternity and the Abilene Derby Dames. Friday through Monday, beginning at “dark-thirty.” Cost: $8 per person; miniature golf admission reduced to $3 per person. Info: 325-672-2977.

Frontier Texas! will host a PG-13+ haunted house, Fright at the Museum, from 8 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and Monday. Scenes are based on the horrors of frontier life and death, but expect surprises along the way! Cost is $10 per person. Tickets will be sold in advance at the front desk. For more information, call 325-437-2800 or visit

Check it out if you dare! Abilene Mixed Martial Arts is hosting a Haunted Graveyard with three levels of scare, Friday through Monday. Gates open at dusk; around 8 p.m. Cost is $11 for adults (13+), $6 for children. “Level One” is appropriate for younger children. Located at North 10th and Judge Ely. All proceeds will help students compete at the 2012 U.S. Open in Florida, as seen on ESPN. Info: 325-518-2261.

A unique way to experience a movie in Abilene is to see them in the fully restored, historic Paramount Theatre. The Paramount will be showing “Carrie” on Saturday at 7 and 11 p.m. and on Monday at 7:30 p.m. A great film for Halloween – it’s Brian DePalma’s horror film about a teenage girl who wreaks vengeance on her high school tormentors. Starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie and Amy Irving. Cost: $6 all seats. Info: 325-676-9620.

Oakridge Church of Christ, located at 3250 Beltway South, will have their Community Trunk-Or-Treat on Saturday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. There will be plenty of free activities for children including: candy apple decorating, face painting, black-cat bowling, Halloween-Themed photo booth and more. A stew and cornbread dinner will be provided for adults. Free to the public. Info: 325-370-1327.

Also on Saturday, the Abilene State Park will host the “Toadally Not Frightening Halloween Hike” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. You can take your child on a flashlight-lit hike through the forest to meet woodland creatures and hear about their lives. It’s a great alternative to traditional Halloween events. Each group of 15 will have a guide lead them safely on a lighted trail. Feel free to wear your costume. There will be face painting, hot cocoa and snacks available. The hike is free to the public. Info: 325-529-6599.

On Monday, the Church on the Rock, located at 1228 Grape St. will have their Harvest Festival. It’s a special event for children and their families as a safe alternative to Halloween. Enjoy games, candy and dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free to the public. Info: 325-232-5341.

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