Screams of fright in Gulfport haunted house
Many Halloween events along the Coast have been cancelled or rescheduled because of the threat of severe weather, but there are still lots of fun-filled festivities for the entire family to enjoy on Halloween night.
Edgewater Mall merchants will be handing out Halloween candy to children Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Kids can get a free trick-or-treat bag at any of the four mall entrances. Families can then stop at the mall's Guest Services, where customer service representatives will help fill the goody bags.
Free photos to take home will be snapped at two photo booths. Children over age 12 are asked not to wear masks.
The Bayou View Middle School band will be playing at the Dillard's stage area at 5 p.m.
Gulfport Fire Department's annual "Catacombs of Terror" invites guests to tour their haunted house at the Harbor Market Pavilion in Jones Park beginning at 7 p.m. Halloween night. Admission is $5 for adults (kids 5 and under get in free) with all proceeds benefiting the Gulfport Firemen's fund.
Trick or Treat Down the Street will be held as scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Halloween night.
"We have been lucky with no rain for many years," said HOSA President Kathryn Shanks. "We are praying the rain will move through or go around us."
Businesses will set up booths along Washington Avenue and the western end of Government Street for costumed trick-or-treaters to visit and collect candy and other goodies.
The annual Trunk or Treat Halloween event is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Bobby Eleuterius Sports Complex. The event features businesses and volunteers decorating the trunks of their vehicles for trick-or-treaters to mosey through and collect treats.
Police Chief Wayne Payne's annual "House of Payne" will be at the Bobby Eleuterius Sports Complex from 6 to 10 p.m. Halloween night. Admission into the haunted house is free, but guests are asked to bring one non-perishable canned good.
The annual House of Haunts event will be held at the Pascagoula Recreation Center from 7 p.m. until midnight Saturday night.
Admission to the 12-room haunted house is $5.
There will also be a zone for kids who want less of a fright, which features a maze, candy, bobbing for apples and face painting.
The city's Halloween Haunted Trails at Shepard State Park will be 7 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday night. The haunted trails have been built throughout the wooded areas of the state park. Admission to the haunted trails is $10.
For those looking for less trick and more treat, there will be hay rides for kids, and a festival area full of food, face painting and games.
All proceeds from the event goes to charity.