Goblins and ghouls are gearing up for Halloween and the Reporter dug up some fun facts to put you in a spooktacular mood.

An estimated 41 million potential trick-or-treaters, age 5-14, were ready to cash in on the candy-laden holiday in 2011, with an estimated 115 million residences across the nation to visit, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

And the number of occupied homes last year was almost equal to the money spent on Jack-O'-Lanterns and pumpkin pies. The census bureau said the value of pumpkins harvested in six states - Illinois, California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan - totaled $113 million.

While spending the holiday in towns like Transylvania County, Pumpkin Center or Cape Fear, N.C., Tombstone, Ariz. or Skull Creek, Neb., might put more fright in your holiday, several Somervell County events promise Halloween fun for the entire family.

With the haunting holiday falling on a Wednesday, area businesses have pulled together a weekend of activities to please your little ghosts and goblins Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27.

But the Reporter was able to dig up a couple of fun ways to enjoy Halloween on Oct. 31 without spending a penny.


Fossil Rim hosts Halloween extravaganza

The Children's Animal Center at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center will host a Spooktacular Halloween Extravaganza 4-6 p.m. Friday.

Children are invited to join the animals for free Halloween fun, including pigs bobbing for apples, a Jack-O'-Lantern contest, goat photo booth, face painting and more.

Jack-O'-Lanterns taken to the event may be donated to give to the animal center birds during the event.

Safe Treats

Take your little ghouls and goblins across Glen Rose 4-6 p.m. Saturday for Safe Treats organized by the Glen Rose Downtown Association and Somervell County Ag Extension Service.

Businesses will be handing out sweet treats in a safe environment for the annual event. Look for the orange flyer displayed on storefronts that will be used to mark participating businesses.

A costume contest will be held downtown between the Tally building and Chamber of Commerce.

Dino Valley hosts hike, festival

Dinosaur Valley State Park will host its 10th Annual Haunted Hike and Fall Festival 6-10 p.m. Saturday.

The event includes a dino dig, bean bag toss, face painting and more at the Park Store Gift Shop.

A costume contest will begin at 6 p.m. with prizes given for the best in each age group: 1-5 years old, 6-12, and 13-adult as well as an award for the best overall costume.

The Haunted Hike begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $ 7 and can be purchased at the park store. All proceeds support LDL-The Friends of Dinosaur Valley State Park Store.


Dino World free for costumed kiddos

Children 3-12 years old get free admission into Dinosaur World on Halloween Day, Wednesday, Oct. 13.

Ride over to Walnut for Fall Round-Up

Walnut Springs Baptist Church will host its annual Fall Round-Up. The free family event will be held 4-6 p.m. See the INSPIRATION page for more information.