Halloween chills, thrills to abound in Baldwin
As in years past, Baldwin City residents will have plenty to do over the weekend in preparation for Halloween, which is Monday.
The weekend activities will be running from Friday evening to Sunday night, and they will range from spooky trains to a haunted house.
Once again the Midland Railway Historical Association and the Baldwin City Community Theatre are putting on the Terror Tracks this weekend. The train will feature a haunted house, thrills and chills.
There will be trains departing at 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday from the Midland Railway depot.
The price of admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children 12-and-under. Seating is limited and tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. the evening of the train departing.
For more information contact the BCCT at 594-7440 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the second straight year, Baker University students living in Joliffe Hall will be running a haunted house starting at 7 p.m. and ending no later than midnight Sunday.
The second-annual Joliffe Haunted House features a walk-through tour with a guide as visitors learn about the beginnings of the hall.
"It will be a really cool event and I hope people come out to see it," said Allison Scahill, Joliffe Hall director.
The haunted house will cost $3 for adults and $2 for Baker students and children 13-and-under. The money raised will go toward the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center MARS after-school program.
"Last year it was raining and we raised over $300," Scahill said. "We are hoping to match that or do better this year."
Spooks on Parade
Baldwin City children will have a chance to trick or treat before Halloween.
The Citizens for Baldwin City will once again be hosting the sixth-annual Spooks on Parade at 3 p.m. Saturday.
The event will begin at the American Legion, where the Baldwin City Police Department will give a quick presentation about safe trick or treating.
Then everybody will parade downtown and visit the local businesses. Then they will take a hayrack ride and go to businesses on U.S. Highway 56.
The event is for all ages and it is free. All children should be accompanied by adults.
Donna Kneedler, CFBC member, said everyone always enjoys this event.
"They have a good time," Kneedler said.
Trick or treating
As with every year on Halloween, children will be traveling around the town collecting candy at houses, and Monday night will be no exception. Some local businesses may also be giving candy away.
The Baldwin City Fire Department will be handing out candy from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the firehouse, according to Fire Chief Allen Craig.
Also all four of the elementary schools will be having parties and a parade Monday. Vinland Elementary School has its parade at 1:30 p.m. Marion Springs Elementary School is at 2:30 p.m. and both the Baldwin Elementary
School Primary Center and Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center will have their parade at 3 p.m.