Weekend Ticket: Halloween sights highlight weekend events

Published 12:10 am Thursday, October 30, 2014

NATCHEZ — Spooky creatures, ghost tales and a haunted trail ride look to keep Miss-Lou residents busy during this Halloween season.

Clear and sunny skies will take-up the weekend, with temperatures getting low as 38 degrees Saturday.

Longwood Carnival

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Longwood will play host to creepy creatures during the Pilgrimage Garden Club’s annual Longwood Halloween Carnival.

The heard of creepy creatures are expected to touch ground from 5 to 8 p.m., tonight at Longwood, located off Lower Woodville Road.

The carnival will feature a selection of games and activities for the community to enjoy — including a tour of the cemetery on the grounds of Longwood.

Those in attendance will be able to handpick a pumpkin out of a pumpkin patch and get artistic by painting and decorating their chosen pumpkin.

A photo booth will be setup during the event.

Food and drinks will be available at the concession stand.

Admissions is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Once in Longwood, tickets can be purchased to participate in each event. Also, ticket bundles will be available for purchase at various prices.

The festival will operate as a fundraiser toward the restoration of Longwood.

Those who plan to attend are encouraged to wear their costumes to the event.

Ghost Tales Around the Campfire and Halloween Duck Hunt.

Historic Jefferson College will host its annual Ghost Tales Around the Campfire program at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

Following the program, kids are invited to participate in the After-Dark Halloween Duck Hunt.

Organizers ask that attendees bring a chair or blanket, flashlight and a bag to collect ducks.

Ghost Tales is a family-friendly program in which local storytellers entertain visitors with some-what scary stories, while gathered around the traditional autumn bonfire.

Over 1,100 ducks will be up for grabs this year, and in case of rain, the Ghost Tales will move to the West Wing while the Duck Hunt goes on.

For more information, call 601-442-2901 or info@historicjeffersoncollege.com.

Cox Hill Haunted Trail Ride

The annual Cox Hill Festival and Haunted Trail will allow residents to go on a hayride, while facing their greatest fears.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. tonight and Friday at Cox Hill, located on 22 Springfield Road, off Liberty Road.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children eight-years-old and under.

This year, organizers added The Walking Dead and Insidious to their line up of trendy classics such as Friday the 13th, Freddy Kruegar, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the infamous Michael Myers.

All proceeds will go on to help Janet and Vicki Byrnes, who both are battling cancer.

Food, games, drinks and entertainment by DJ Nate-Dog will be available while those in attendance waif for their haunted trail ride.

Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration Literary Seminar

The Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration Literary Seminar highlighting Mississippian Ellen Douglas will take place 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday at the Judge George Armstrong Library.

Admission is free, and speakers will include Ayres Haxton and Douglas scholar Peggy Prenshaw of Millsaps College.

Friday Forum

The Friday Forum will take place at 8 a.m. Friday at the Natchez Coffee Company on Franklin Street. The topic will focus on tourism and will feature the director of the Natchez CVB Kevin Kirby and Lindsey Shelton with the Natchez Pilgrimage Tours.