The thrills and chills of Halloween are too numerous to be contained in one night, so area-wide events will be held throughout the next week to celebrate the haunting holiday.
Halloween Splash Bash
Everyone is invited to put on a costume and bring a swimsuit to the eighth annual Halloween Splash Bash at Sammons Indoor Pool, 2220 W. Ave. D in Temple.
The party will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and will include music, games, candy and fun for everyone.
Bell County Museum
Bell County Museum, 201 N. Main St. in Belton, will host its annual Night at the Museum event 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
Important figures in Bell County’s history will come to life throughout the museum to meet visitors during this free event. Guests are invited to take part in the costume contest, crafts and games.
The museum will also host its first Halloween Pizza Party 3-5 p.m. Saturday.
Guests are invited to enjoy pizza, treats and a showing of the movie “Goosebumps.” All ages are welcome and costumes are optional. Space and food is limited to 50 kids, and reservations can be completed at www.bellcountymuseum.org.
Temple Parks and Recreation will host its annual Haunted Hayride event Saturday at Reuben D. Talasek Bend of the River, 7915 S. General Bruce Dr. in Temple.
Family-friendly rides will be given 3-5 p.m. and haunted hayrides will take place 6-10 p.m. Ride times can be selected online at eventbrite.com. Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.
Food vendors will be on site and children’s Halloween activities will also be provided.
The historic Salado Ghostwalk tours will take guests on a lantern-lit stroll down Main Street while they are entertained with stories of cowboys, Native Americans, buried treasure and ghosts.
Tours meet at Barrow Brewing Company, 108 Royal Street, and will last about an hour and a half. Remaining October tour dates are Friday and Saturday. All tours leave at 8 p.m. and costumes are welcome.
Tours will also be given every Saturday in November and Thursday, Nov. 29, after the Christmas parade.
For more information, visit www.saladoghostwalk.com.
Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow will present the fourth annual Zombie 5K beginning 9 a.m. Saturday at Confederate Park.
Participants can register as humans or zombies. The goal of the race is for the humans to save Belton by reaching the finish line before the zombie horde. A zombie makeup team will be on site for an additional fee. Humans are invited to dress up too, and costume prizes will be awarded for each category.
Proceeds from the run will help support a free flu shot clinic at the Body of Christ Community Clinic in November.
Registration can be completed online at runsignup.com.
Downtown Belton’s annual Candy Trail will take place 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Families can dress in costume and visit participating downtown businesses to collect candy.
Tablerock Fright Trail
The Tablerock Walking Trail in Salado will be transformed into the annual Fright Trail 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday.
Guests will be led through the trail by a guide who will take them through scenes from popular horror novels and classic fairy tales.
TC Fall Festival
Temple College will host its annual fall festival and carnival for young children 2-5 p.m. Saturday in front of the Arnold Student Union building on the main campus.
TC student clubs and organizations will operate various booths as a fundraiser. Activities will include trackless train rides, hayrides, a bounce house, face painting, fish pond, games and two haunted houses.
Admission is free and tickets for activities start at 25 cents each. Children are encouraged to come in costume. Parking is free and the event will be moved indoors in the event of rain.
The Beltontion Theatre’s Haunted House will be open 7-11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 through Thursday, Nov. 1 at 219 E. Central Ave.
The first half of the self-guided haunted house is suggested for families. The second half and upstairs room are not recommended for children or the faint of heart.
Advance tickets are available online at thebeltoniantheatre.com/events.
Impact Therapy Solutions, 201 Paloma Drive in Temple, will host a free, sensory-friendly trunk-or-treat 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.
The event is open to the community and will offer music, face painting, hot drinks and games for all ages.
Main Street Fright Fest
Downtown Temple’s annual Main Street Fright Fest is set to take place 5-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, on Main Street between Central Avenue and Avenue A.
The festival will feature vendors offering arts and crafts, food and fun free activities for children.
Admission will cost two canned goods per family for Food for Families.