From a haunted mine to trunk-or-treating to a costume contest, several area events are planned over the next few days for those celebrating Halloween.
Many of the local events have become traditions.
For instance, this year will mark the 15th year that Missouri University of Science and Technology has transformed its Experimental Mine into a haunted mine to spook people who attend.
The haunted mine, a fundraiser for mining engineering activities and student organizations, has been held every Halloween since 1997.
This year, the mine will be open from 6-11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27, as well as from 5-10 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31.
Regular tickets are $10 for ages 11 and up and $8 for children under 10, Missouri S&T students with a valid ID and active military with a valid ID.
Small children may visit from 5-6 p.m. Oct. 26-27 to walk through the mine with the lights on. The cost for these “kids nights” is $5 per child.
A $2 discount will be given to each person who brings three canned goods to be donated to the Russell House, a shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
The Missouri S&T Experimental Mine is located on Bridge School Road in Rolla, about 1.5 miles from campus.
For more information about the haunted mine, email email@example.com or call 573-341-4753.
The Leach Theatre at Missouri S&T also will show the movie “Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie” Saturday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m. The theater is located inside Castleman Hall on 10th Street on campus.
Tickets are $3 each. Pizza, soda and fun activities are available following the film for a minimal charge. The box office opens at 10 a.m. Call 573-341-4219 for more information.
The Rolla Police Department will be handing out candy Halloween night, Oct. 31, beginning at 5 p.m. at the RPD headquarters located at 1007 North Elm St.
Rolla Fire and Rescue will hand out candy and host a child-friendly haunted house inside Eugene Northern Community Hall at Fire Station No. 2 Oct. 31 between 5-8 p.m. Fire Station No. 2 is located at 400 West Fourth St. The haunted house is free and open to the public.
The city administration and public works departments will also pass out candy and treats in the lobby of Rolla City Hall, located a 901 N. Elm St., from 5-7 p.m.
Additionally, The Centre, located at 1200 North Holloway St., will hold its 11th annual fall costume contest from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31. The free event is for all ages.
Attendees can show off their costumes and receive a treat. Costumes will be judged according to age groups and winners will receive Centre gift certificates.
The Rolla Downtown Business Association will host its annual event called “Have a Safe Trick or Treat." Businesses in the Rolla downtown business district and the arts and entertainment district will hand out treats to area children wearing costumes.
Page 2 of 2 - There will be performances by Drama Force in the John’s Firestone parking lot with seating available. At 10th and Main streets, there will be free hot dogs at Christ Episcopal Church from 5-7 p.m. and a “Howl-O-Ween” pet costume sontest at Central Federal Savings and Loan.
Some other Halloween events include a trunk or treat at the Greentree Christian Church in Rolla, Oct. 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. The line to get candy will start at the covered entrance on 10th Street.
There will also be an indoor carnival with concession, inflatables, face painting, raffles, games and prizes. The carnival will be open from 5-6 p.m. for children with special needs and their families.
Costumes are encouraged, but the church is asking that they not be scary. Pets are not allowed. For more information, call 364-2649.
The St. James PTO also is inviting anyone interested in participating in the annual Trunk R Treat event to contact them by Friday. Volunteers to help decorate the school on Oct. 30 beginning at 3:30 p.m., are also needed.
The event will be held Halloween night at the elementary school in St. James. For more information, call Kim McMillen at 573-263-1670.
In Newburg, the 15th annual Halloween spooktacular will take place Oct. 31, starting at 6 p.m. at the gazebo in town.
The free event is being held in memory of Don Eartle, who used to be with the Newburg fire department. Eartle started the event to be held as a safe Halloween for children.
Spooky hayrides will begin at dark and run until about 9 p.m. There will be food, including chili, hot dogs, drinks and candy.