For all those Halloween lovers who haven't visited a haunted house this season, haven't hit a corn maze, haven't even seen a scary movie, this weekend represents your last chance.
Get in on the holiday fun by taking part in at least one of the traditions of the season. The weekend forecast calls for mild fall days, so outdoor activities will be particularly welcome.
Here's a list of 10 Halloween activities to check out this weekend. For a fuller list, see Pages 5 and 6.
1) Visit a haunted house. The Wichita area has at least 11 from which to choose, including a couple that offer the "last ride," which simulates being buried alive. Or so they say. If you go, be sure to allow plenty of time in your schedule. Lines have been long for these popular attractions, and this weekend is bound to be the busiest.
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2) See a scary movie. You can't go far in Wichita without running into a movie theater showing at least one hair-raising thriller or slasher. At the mainstream cineplex, find "Paranormal Activity 2" or go to a special showing of "Halloween" at the Warren Old Town on Sunday night. At the Orpheum, the scary ghost story "Poltergeist" will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday. Or support local film by seeing "The Dead Can't Dance," a zombie film made this year by Rodrick Pocowatchit, an Eagle employee. It will be at 7:30 p.m. today at the Orpheum.
3) Visit a corn maze/ pumpkin patch. Get some end-of-the-season deals and try to find your way through the tall corn. Cox Farm has a maze as well as 15 other activities with a Wild West theme, wagon rides and petting zoo. It's open through Nov. 14. See a complete list of pumpkin patches and mazes on Page 5.
4) See a Halloween-themed stage play. " The Witches of Eastborough" is a funny but spooky musical at Mosley Street Melodrama, 234 N. Mosley. Shows are at 7:50 p.m. today and Saturday, with a buffet offered at 6:15. Call 316-263-0222 for more information and reservations.
5) Take the kids to Old Cowtown Museum for a fun event called Hay, Hooves and Halloween. There will be trick-or-treating, storytelling, pumpkin decorating, fortune telling and spooky displays. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.75 for adults, $6 for youth 12-17, $5.50 for children 4-11, and free for children under 4.
6) Get to know more about the Mexican holiday El Dia de los Muertos by attending the 11th annual Day of the Dead Exhibit at CityArts, 334 N. Mead. An opening reception will take place from 5:30 to 10 p.m. today. Visitors will see colorful and elaborate altars and tributes to the dead. The exhibit will be on display Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, too.
7) If you're a fan of zombie flicks, or have just been perfecting your zombie walk, check out a zombie "flash mob" event at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Participants will meet at Naked City Gallery, 121 N. Mead, then walk around Old Town before falling away "dead" at the appointed time in Old Town Square. That will be followed by a Halloween bash at Naked City Gallery. Admission to the party is $5; the zombie walk is free. Take a canned food item to benefit the Kansas Food Bank.
8) Halloween is the theme for this weekend's performances by the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble, under new conductor Daniel Hege, will perform three pieces that include the "Dies Irae" chant: "Red Cape Tango" by Michael Daugherty; "Totentanz" by Liszt; and "Symphonie Fantastique" by Berlioz. American virtuoso Adam Golka will be the guest pianist featured on the Liszt. Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Century II Concert Hall. Tickets range from $20 to $44. Call 316-267-5259 or go to www.wso.org.
9) Check out Historic Hauntings at Cowtown. Part of the fun will be looking at video and listening to audio collected during the Wichita Paranormal Research Society's investigation at Cowtown. There will be tours of Cowtown buildings and a question-and-answer period with society members. Sessions are at 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $15 at www.wichitatix.com or by calling 316-219-4849.
10) The kiddies can trick-or-treat at Exploration Place and take part in a costume contest at Halloween Hallo-BOO-Loo, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Members get in free; regular admission applies for nonmembers. Call 316-660-0613 for more information.