Halloween is Here!

We all love Haunted Houses and things that make us spook out. But, Haunted Houses are not the only 'cool' thing to do in the area. Here's a guide to what's happening so that you will be prepared for your Halloween activities.

Let's start with where you can take your kids to go trick or treating without having to worry about knocking on the wrong door.

There's the Music City Mall in Odessa which is hosting the MCM Malloween on Halloween! It starts on October 31 at 6:00PM and runs until the candy runs out. Parents, you can enjoy the safety of the mall while letting your kids have fun trick or treating at each of the stores. Along with candy, there will be free coloring books and crayons being given out at the ice rink. As you know, some of the costumes are just priceless so you can get your child's photo taken in the Dillard's courtyard to remind them of either how cute they were back then or just show them to potential dates to embarrass them years from now. There's no charge to get into the mall so this is very kid friendly option for families! The mall is located at 4101 E. 42nd Street in Odessa which is at the corner of JBS Parkway.

Another family friendly option is Fiddlesticks Farms in Midland. While it's not on Halloween, the Saturday of, KPEJ Fox 24 is said to be holding a costume contest at Fiddlesticks Farms and then there will be candy given out in the corn maze. Fiddlesticks Farms has become a local landmark and if you're new to town, you should definitely drop by. They are located at 5610 E County Road 120 in Midland.

While it's definitely not for young children, there is a place you can go to if you want get your adrenaline pumping and your heart racing. It's Def Con 1 Haunted Warehouse and Circus of the Dead Murder Maze in Odessa. It's been scaring the life out of West Texans for years and 2013 is sure to be no different. It's located at 2215 W. 2nd Street in Odessa and will cost $10 for both attractions or $8 for each attraction. From just about everyone we've talked to, this will be about as close as you will/or want to get to being in a horror movie. We'd advise leaving the young kids at home for this one, but high schoolers will definitely get a thrill out of going to this.

St. Mark's United Methodist Church is holding its Trunk or Treat Fall Festival from 5:00-7:00PM on Thursday. They're located at 1701 N. Main Street in Midland and say they'll have a costume contest, treats, free food and inflatables set up for the kids. You can find out more by calling 683-3339 or going e-mailing them at stmarks.umc@sbcglobal.net

The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum is going to hold its Halloween Tricks and Treats event from 6:00-8:00PM on Thursday. There will be frightful flashlight tours, crafts, games and experiments for the kids. The event is free and will be held at the museum located at 1500 I-20 West in Midland. You can learn more by going calling 683-4403 or visit their website.

Midland Park Mall is holdings its annual Simon Kidgits Club Halloween event from 6:00-8:00PM on Thursday. There will be giveaways and trick or treating in the mall. They are located at 4511 N. Midkiff Drive in Midland and you can find out more by calling 694-1663.

According to the Odessa American, Odessa High School has scheduled their Orchestra Hauncert at 7:00PM on Thursday at Bowie Junior High School. They are located at 500 W. 21st Street in Odessa. There will be a costume contest, free candy bags for kids in costume and much more.

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