Bags filled with goodies, streets filled with children and parents filled with afternoon coffee, the residents of Abilene are gearing up for Halloween night that takes place this Sunday. Across the city, different companies and organizations have organized events for children and families to enjoy outside of the classic tour or treatment.
The Town of Abilene – with help from the Old Town of Abilene – will host the Halloween Spooktacular from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The evening will feature hay cart rides, gravestone stories, haunted buildings, popcorn with a movie, costume contest and the big pumpkin hunt. All ages are welcome with no admission required, but the Great Pumpkin will only accept children from Kindergarten to Grade 3.
Old Abilene Town will host its second Haunted Cowtown Weekend where visitors can walk among the ghosts of the city. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., guests can enjoy the Haunted School, Shack, Cemetery, Living Room and more for $ 5 per person.
Haunted Cowtown in Old Town Abilene also takes place on Saturday evening at the same times and with the same activities as the Friday evening event.
The Dickinson County Historical Society will be hosting its annual Gravestone Lectures with some of Abilene’s best-known ghosts coming forward to tell their stories. Four tours will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and people must purchase their $ 5 ticket at the museum or call 785-263-2681. Each visit will be limited to 30 visitors. The company reminds visitors to bring flashlights and to wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour groups will meet at Abilene Middle School before heading to the cemetery.
Family Dollar Tree will be hosting a Trunk or Treat from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The evening will include games, costume contests, buggy rides and more. Those who make a donation will be able to participate in a cake, hot dog and hot chocolate walk.
The American Legion Post 39 Legion Riders will be hosting a Halloween Trunk or Treat at Little Ike’s Park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Miss Emily’s Music School will be hosting a free Trick or Treat party for the public with everyone attending, the company will donate $ 1 to the Junction City Animal Shelter. Starting at 7 p.m., families can play with instruments, take photos at the spooky photo booth, and enter raffles.
The Lebold Mansion will hold its first Halloween at the Lebold Mansion event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visitors can walk around the park and on the 1st floor to meet spooky characters and pick up candy. No admission required for a visit, but donations will be accepted.
The Town of Abilene will close Northwest Third Street from North Walnut Street to North Poplar Street for a ride or treatment. The street will be closed from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.