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Boo at the Zoo
John Chapo conjures up a cauldron of "steam" while greeting attendees at the 2004 Boo at the Zoo event at the Lincoln Children's Zoo. (LJS file) ELIZABETH ORTEGA

Whether you like tricks, treats or terrifying scares, plenty of Halloween happenings are available to get your boo on.

For families

-- Corn Maze at Benson Farms, 6000 S.W. 140th St., Denton. 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 1. Halloween hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 30 and noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 31.

The 54-acre maze contains 14.88 miles of trails ranging from easy to moderately difficult. Cost: $9 ages 12 and up; $8 for college students with ID; $7 ages 4 to 11; and free for children 3 and under. Info: 795-3276 or

-- YMCA Camp Kitaki Halloween Camps. Friday through Saturday, Saturday through Sunday, Oct. 23-24, 24-25, and 30-31. Ages 7 to 14. Halloween dance, haunted tales, walk and hayrack ride, games, hikes and pumpkins. Cost: $42. Info: 434-9222 or

-- All Hallows Evening, Stuhr Museum, Grand Island. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Haunted fields, historical pranks, doughnuts on a string and Treat Trail. Costumes encouraged. Admission: $8 adults; $6 for children. Info: (308) 385-5316 or

-- "A Sudden Chill: A Musical Program of Ghost Ballads," Nebraska History Museum, 15th and P streets. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Maryland-based folk singer Judy Cook performs. Free, but nonperishable food items for the Food Bank of Lincoln are requested. Info: 471-4754 or

-- Healthy Trick or Treat Nights, Omaha Children's Museum, 500 S. 20th St. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29. Whole Foods Market and Oriental Trading Co. provide the treats and toys. Kids are asked to bring a reusable trick-or-treat bag or basket. Free with museum admission of $7 ages 2 to 59, $6 ages 60 and older. Info: or (402) 342-6165.

-- Great Pumpkin Party, Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City. 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 24. No-scare fun. Great Pumpkin Hunt, costumed characters, Discovery Ride, face painting, pumpkin decorating, caramel apples and apple pit. Info: (402) 873-8717 or

-- Howling Homestead at Homestead National Monument of America, Beatrice. 6 p.m. Oct. 24. Free hike through the park, pioneer and Native storytelling, old-time music, family crafts, science projects and campfire. Pumpkins given to the first 100 children. Info: (402) 223-3514 or

-- Boo From the Pew, First Presbyterian Church, 840 S. 17th St. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Halloween games, prizes, crafts, food and costume closet for children in need of costumes. Free. Info: 477-6037.

-- Boo at the Zoo, Lincoln Children's Zoo, 1222 S. 27 St. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26-30. More than 30 stations for children to collect treats. Free shuttle service from area parking lots. Cost: $5 per person, $6 after Friday (zoo members free); $3 for required treat bag. Early-bird passes letting visitors in at 5:20 p.m. cost an additional $3 and are available at the zoo office. Train tickets $2. Info: 475-6741 or

-- Halloween Hurrah, Lincoln Children's Museum, 1420 P St. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 29-30. Not-so-spooky trick or treat through the museum. Cost: $6.50 per person admission, plus $3 for each required treat bag.

-- Pioneers Park Spooktacular: "Bats & Spiders & Owls, Oh My!" 6:45 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29-30. Trail times assigned every 15 minutes. Meet costumed critters along the Spooktacular Trail, live critters, campfire, sing-along with Mike Mennard, popcorn and apple cider. Cost: $6 per person; free for children 3 and under. Reserve a time: 441-7895.

-- "Twilight Woods," haunted woods at the Boy Scout Council Outdoor Education Center, 600 S. 120th St., Walton. 7 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 29-31. Features a Scare Trail for older kids (not super scary) and Twilight Theater for all ages. Cost: $10 for the Scare Trail; $5 for Twilight Theater; $13 for both. Info: 488-6020 or

-- Bloom Where You're Planted Farm and Pumpkin Patch, Avoca. Halloween Party Oct. 31. Activities start at 10:15 a.m. with Goblin's Egg Hunt (open to children ages 12 and under). Children in costume receive a trick-or-treat goody bag. Admission: $4; $3 with military ID. Info: or (402) 267-4104.

-- Halloween Trunk or Treat, First Evangelical Covenant Church, parking lot at 60th and L streets. 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Free. Info: 489-8869.

-- Trunk or Treat, Norwood Park Elementary School, 4710 N. 72nd St. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Other activities: snacks, face painting and games. In case of bad weather, activities will be in the building. Organized by Northeast Sertoma Club and Alpha Xi Delta Sorority.

For bigger kids

-- Roca Scary Farm, Roca. Hours: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 to 8:30 p.m. nightly, Oct. 23-30. Psycho Path, Haunted Hayrack Ride and the new Haunted Manor. Admission: $13 per person. Info: 421-2255 or

-- The Carnival of Fear, State Fair Park Grandstand. 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and nightly, Oct. 23-31. Admission: $10. Info:

-- Fright Nights at the Corn Maze at Benson Farms, 6000 S.W. 140th St., Denton. Maze gets haunted after dark on Friday and Saturday nights. Intended for ages 12 and older. Admission: $10 ages 12 and up; $9 for college students with ID. Info: (402) 795-3276 or

-- Ranch of Terror, Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Patch, 11001 S. 48th St., Papillion. Open at dusk Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and Oct. 28-31. Admission: $10 each for Ranch of Terror, haunted hayrack ride or trails of fears. Info: (402) 331-5500, or

-- Haunted House at Knights of Pythias Lodge #28, 110 N. Denver Ave., Hastings. Open 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23-24, Oct. 29-31. Admission: $5 per person. Call (402) 460-9067.


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