From staff reports
Halloween may still be two weekends away, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to get some thrills, chills and shivers up your spine.
A number of local spookhouses and haunted trails are already open, with other activities planned for later in the month.
• Raycliffe Manor Haunted Attraction is an indoor maze of horror for those who are brave enough to enter.
The attraction is open from 7 p.m. to midnight today and Saturday, Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 29-31. Admission prices start at $13.
Raycliffe Manor Haunted Attraction is located on Highway 71B at 4706 Gateway Drive in Joplin, three miles south of I-44 on Range Line.
Details: 624-1414 or www.raycliffemanor.com.
• The Haunted Hollow Spook Trail opens today on Jaguar Road, in a field about a mile south of Flying J on East 32nd St.
The “Home of the Haunted Hearse” will open at dark today, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-25 and Oct. 28-31.
Admission is $10 per person.
Details: 417-825-1023 or www.jomohaunts.com.
• Wolfman’s House of Screams opens today north of Joplin.
The spookhouse will be open at 7 p.m. today and Saturday; 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday; 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23-24; 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 25 and 28; and 7 p.m. Oct. 29-31.
To reach the spookhouse, go north on Hwy. 43, then west on Hwy. 96. Turn north on County Road 260, then turn left on King Lane.
Admission is $10, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Shriners Children’s Hospital.
Details: 417-437-5306, 417-825-2005 or www.jomohaunts.com.
• Maullers Frightmare offers a re-creation of a haunted town in the mid-1880s.
Located at 7548 E. 20th St., 3.6 miles east of Range Line, the family owned spook house is donating 10 percent of proceeds to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The cost is $10 per person, and hours are 7 p.m. to midnight today, Friday and Saturday; Oct. 22-25; and Oct. 29-31.
Details: 417-317-1099 or www.jomohaunts.com.
• The Dark Harvest Haunted Hayride is open at 7647 E. 20th St.
Hours are 7 p.m. to midnight today and Saturday, Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 28-31.
The attraction is located 3.8 miles east of Range Line on 20th Street.
• Halloween fun for children of all ages will be provided from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church annual Fall Fun Night at St. Mary’s Parish Center, 2415 S. Moffet Ave.
The event will include games, prizes, Reptile World, an interactive spook house, petting zoo and more. Games open at 6 p.m.
The cost is $10 per child, which provides unlimited access to all activities. Food will be available for purchase. Children may come in costume.
Proceeds will benefit St. Mary’s Grade School and will go toward purchasing Smartboards for classrooms.
• CARTHAGE, Mo. — Trail of Fears is an outdoor spook trail.
Dates of operation are Oct. 2-4, Oct. 16-18, Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 29-31. The trail opens at dark. Admission is $10.
From I-44 take exit 18A, 1 mile toward Diamond, then turn left on Apple Road and follow for another 2 miles, then take a left. Follow the signs.
Details: 417-793-6628 or www.myspace.com/trailoffearsspooktrail.com.
• CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Fear Factory is open for screams and thrills in Carthage.
Dates of operation are today and Saturday, Oct. 16-17, Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 29-31. The spook house is open at 7 p.m. each night.
Admission is $7.
The Fear Factory is two miles east of Carthage on Airport Drive. Take the Garrison exit off of Highway 71 and proceed to the round-about, go east on Airport Drive between Wendy’s and Iggy’s, follow the signs east to the thrill of your life.
Details: 417-793-0297 or 417-793-2111.
• ROCKY COMFORT, Mo. — Halloween festivities are planned on Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Rocky Comfort Community Center.
There will be a costume contest starting at 4:30 p.m., with free chili or stew served starting at 6 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the contest. Entrants will be divided into age groups.
• BRANSON, Mo. — Branson Haunted Adventure Park is an indoor and outdoor attraction that includes a mirror maze, free play arcade and admission to the Branson Zoo and Aquarium.
The park is open from dark to 10:30 p.m. weeknights and until midnight on Friday and Saturday, today through Oct. 31. A family friendly show is offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Admission is $13.95 per person.
Branson Haunted Adventure Park is located at 236 Predator Lane, Branson West.
Details: 417-272-0476 or visit www.hauntedbranson.com.
• WELCH, Okla. — The Spooky Hollow Haunted Trail will soon open in Oklahoma.
The trail will be open from dark until midnight Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 30. Admission is by $5 donation, which will benefit the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree project.
To reach the trail, take Highway 166 to Edna, then follow the signs south.
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