Halloween – What to Do

Written by on October 26, 2019

For many, going door to door around town on Halloween night in itchy costumes gleefully screaming “trick or treat” to neighbor’s faces in hopes of getting a king-sized candy bar are over. However, it doesn’t have to be. Instead of sweets, people start focusing on the scare factor associated with Halloween. Locally, there are lots of scary places or fall fun ideas to hit up if you are looking to celebrate the spookiest time of the year.

Around the Salina area, they take Halloween seriously. In Assaria, Elite Sports Complex hosts a “Zombie Paintball Interactive Ride,” which runs from dark to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays throughout October for all ages. Admission costs $15 and includes one ride and 100 rounds of zombie killing ammo. Participants are loaded onto an armored fighting vehicle, and transported around the grounds to hunt zombies. Additional ammo is $10 per 100 rounds.

Also in Assaria is the Sunny Side Pumpkin Patch which is great for everything fall. The 8 acre farm is full of pumpkins, ready to be taken home. There are gourds, hay bales, and corn to for a perfect autumn picture also. The owner personally designs and constructs a crop maze each year for individuals to get lost in. For even more fun, there is a hayrack ride around the patch pulled by a team of Belgian horses, on Saturday’s and Sunday’s only. Sunny Side is open every day from 11AM to 7:30PM through Oct. 31.

The “Haunted Forest” (which I myself have visited and definitely recommend going to for a good scare) hosted by the Falun/Salemsborg Lutheran Church opens Saturday, Oct. 30 and 31 at the Salemsborg Fellowship Center in Smolan. A chili supper starts the night at 6:30 p.m. with the haunted trail opening to follow at dark. Admission is $5 a person for supper and $10 a person for the tour. But you have to get there early, the gates close at 11 p.m. All the money raised benefits their youth ministries program.

In town, there are multiple places to check out for a nice fright. “Terror From Within,” a haunted house at 309 S. Broadway, next to Ace Hardware will be sure to send you with shivers. The house operators are Halloween veterans, as they’ve been running it on and off since 1998. The haunting begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 29 through 31. Admission is $10 a person, and a portion of the proceeds go to Ashby House.

Another scary site include “Kate’s Insane Asylum,” located in the basement of Big Nose Kate’s in downtown Salina. Open 7 to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through October, “Kate’s Insane Asylum,” is a walk through haunted house for all those 14 and up. Admission costs $13.

At the Kansas Wesleyan campus, nothing of the scary sorts is hosted. However, the Coyote Activities Board (CAB), has a “Trunk or Treat” event for the community. Held on campus in the Student Activities Center (SAC), various clubs or committees pass out candy to local trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

For KDub students, the Annual Pumpkin Carving hosted by the Kansas Wesleyan Campus Ministries and Christian Challenge is taking place October 28. The carving begins at 8:15 pm in the SAC, and prizes will be given out to the best three pumpkins. Everyone is welcome to stop in whenever to join the fun fall activity!

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