By IVY HERRON
If you're looking for a way to have some spooky fun without having to wander the streets for candy, several organizations have planned special events you might want to check out this Halloween weekend.
- The Moose will celebrate Founder's Day and Halloween Friday. The Founder's Day program at 7 p.m. is open to the public, with a barbeque rib dinner from 5 - 8 p.m. An adult Halloween party with live music will start at 8 p.m. Prizes will be given away during the night.
-The Christmas In The Park Committee is sponsoring Haunted Happenings at Forest Park between the bandshell and the cow palace Oct. 27 - 28. A haunted palace, dance performances, pumpkin carving contest and a hay ride will be available. Tickets -- $5 for the haunted palace and $1 for a hayride -- will be available at the park concession stand from 7 - 10 p.m.
- In Rockville, Hobson's Farm will have a Haunted Maize on Oct. 27 - 28 from dusk to 10 p.m. Families are invited to have a spooky good time at 2301 W. Strawberry Rd.
- If you like thrills and chills, $5 will allow you a trip through the Poland Fire Department's Haunted Barn from 6 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 27 - 28 For another $2 you can enjoy a hayride.
- A drama club production of "Frankenstein" takes center stage at Hatfield Hall at Rose Hulman Institute on Oct 27 - 28 and Nov. 3 - 4. Local Van Buren Elementary 4th-grader Taylor Moore, 9, and her minature Schnauzer, Lucy, are cast members of this creepy Halloween classic. Tickets are $10. The play begins at 8 p.m.
- The YMCA of Clay County is offering a safe, and imaginative Halloween experience -- "Halloween at the YMCA" -- for ghosts and gobblins of all ages to enjoy in an environment that's both caring and safe. The facility's doors open from 6-8 pm on Oct. 28 at 225 East Kruzan St. for some spooky fun.
- Stop by the Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 30 - 31 between 6 - 9 p.m. for some spooky fun. Children (and adults) can meet the firefighters, enjoy some hot cocoa (and some coffee for the adults) and pick up a special treat.
- A free and safe Halloween alternative for the entire family, "Trunk and Treat," will be at the cow palace in Forest Park on Oct. 31 between 6 - 8 p.m. The whole family can enjoy Bible stories presented in exciting ways from the trunks of cars. This event is presented by S.T.R.E.T.C.H.
- The Brazil Times is sponsoring the 2006 Halloween Costume Contest on Oct. 31 between 1 - 5 p.m. Bring in your little ghosts and goblins to have their picture taken for $5. Photos will be published in the paper with the winner of the favorite costume contest receiving $25. Laminated keepsake photos of the pictures taken will be available the following week.