Looking for a thrill, chill or just some good ol’ family fun? Here are some events going on around town.
Paranormal Investigations presentation
5 p.m. Wednesday
Moose Lodge, 1901 N. Kansas Ave., Topeka
A tour and presentation will be made on the ghostly history of Moose Lodge by Ghost Tours of Kansas. There will be dinner at 5 p.m. for a cost; presentations to follow for free.
Final Fridays Family Fun Fest
5 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday
Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
Family activities including open galleries, pumpkin carving for $5 per pumpkin, mask making and Halloween games.
Kansas University Symphony Halloween concert and costume contest
6:30 p.m. Friday
Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive
KU’s Symphony Orchestra will play host to a communitywide costume contest at 6:30 p.m., open to all ages: youth up to age 18; collegiate; and adults. A top prize will be given in each category. At 7:30 p.m., the concert begins with the theme “Cowboys vs. Aliens.” There will also be an instrument petting zoo. Tickets: $7 adults, $5 students and seniors.
Pumpkins on Parade
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Oct. 31
The Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass.
Artists are invited to showcase their carved or decorated pumpkins at The Eldridge Hotel. Anyone who wants to display a pumpkin must provide a battery-powered light; no candles are allowed. The display is open to the public.
Midland Railway Night Trains of Terror
6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Santa Fe Depot, 1515 High St., Baldwin City
Presented by Midland Railway and Baldwin City Community Theater. Tickets $17 for adults, $12 for ages 2-11, midland-ry.org, 913-721-1211.
Haunted Haskell Ghost Tours
7 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday through Oct. 31
Stidham Union, Haskell Indian Nations University
Ghost tours for ages 13 and older, $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Haunted hay rides, $2. Children’s activities for ages 12 and younger include face painting, pumpkin decorating and ghoul snack bar. Halloween night includes a costume contest with prizes for spookiest, funniest, most original and most technical, and a pumpkin-carving contest for previously carved pumpkins. For tickets, information or to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org or
Kids’ Night Out: Spook ‘n’ Splash
4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday
Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive
Costume contest, swimming, games, crafts, pizza and trick-or-treating for ages 5-12. Prizes awarded for the scariest, funniest, cutest and most-original costumes. $15, preregistration required by Thursday at any Lawrence Parks and Recreation facility or lprd.org.
Monday movie for teens: “Poltergeist”
4 p.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 31
Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Snacks provided. Open to seventh- through 12th-graders. Free.
Halloween Concert and Costume Contest
4:15 p.m. Oct. 31
Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
A performance of Halloween songs and stories for children followed by a costume parade. All participants receive a prize. Cost: $5.
5 p.m. Oct. 31
Merchants will provide candy and trinkets to trick-or-treaters.
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Oct. 31
Lawrence City Commission is expected to approve a proclamation Tuesday setting the city’s official hours for trick-or-treating.
Alpha Chi Omega Haunted House
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 31
Alpha Chi Omega sorority house, 1500 Sigma Nu Place
Trick-or-treating, haunted house, snacks and activities for families with children. Free.