There are still a couple weeks before Halloween, but residents who can't wait that long have their choice of several local events.

Spooky Stories

The Trimble County Public Library welcomes author Thomas Freese today with "not-so-spookytales" at 4 p.m. and his "scary stories" at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

The later show will be more appropriate for adults. For more information, call (502) 255-7362.

Night Spirits

Costumed actors will portray "spirits" in the dimly lit rooms of the Lanier Mansion during the seventh annual "Night Spirits" program on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Each "spirit" will tell a true, shocking tale related to their life, or death.

The incidents recounted by the spirits this year are: "Beheading of Rossington Elms" told by Dan Bixler; "Explosion at the Alleghany Arsenal" told by Kathy Ayers; "The nurse who haunts Madison's Civil War Hospital" told by Shonica Hartless; "The drowning of little Georgie Smith" told by JoAnne Spiller; and "The Bizarre Death of Robert R. Rea" told by Bob Hartsaw.

This year's program is dedicated to the memory of Virginia (Ginger) Jorgensen, author of "Ghosts of Madison Indiana," who died in 2012.

The scripts were written by Wayne Sanford, an author and historian from Indianapolis, who has conducted extensive research on Madison's history.

Guests will start the tour at the Madison Visitor Center, 601 W. First St. The first tour will leave at 7 p.m., with additional groups departing in 15-minute intervals. The final tour will depart at 9 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served in the mansion's eerie basement at the end of each tour.

Admission is $10 per person. Reservations are suggested. Call (812) 273-0556.

SERIOUS Paranormal Investigations

General Butler State Resort Park will host SERIOUS Paranormal Investigations Friday and Oct. 25 from 9 p.m. to midnight at the park's Butler-Turpin State Historic Site in Carrollton, Ky. Each investigation lasts a half-hour and is limited to 10 persons each. Admission is $10. Tickets go on sale at 8:30 p.m. For more information call (502) 732-4384 or email

"The Original" Vevay Ghost Tours

Guests will get the chance to tour several haunted sites around town, starting at the Julia Knox House and traveling to the Historic Hoosier Theater, the old jail and several others.

Tours will be held Friday and Saturday, and again on Oct. 25. The Oct. 25 tour will also include a ghost hunt at the theater that will last from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.

Tours start at 7 p.m. and are expected to last two hours. Tickets are $25, and there are a limited number of spots.

For tickets, call the Julia Knox House at (812) 427-3338.

Haunted Hayride

Deputy Volunteer Fire Dept. will host a haunted hayride Friday and Saturday and Oct. 25 and 26. Food will be available starting at 4 p.m. The first ride will start at dark. Tickets are $4 for adults, and $3 for children age 12 and younger. For more information call (812) 866-9465.

Trail of Screams

Milton Fire and Rescue will host its "Trail of Screams" each Friday and Saturday until Oct. 26 at Station 2.

The corn maze runs from 5 p.m. to midnight each day and includes twists, turns, deadends, graveyards and possible lurking beasts. Admission is $5 per person.

Hot chocolate and hotdogs are available at the station for visitors as well.

To accommodate children, the trail will be "unhaunted" from 5 p.m. until dark.

Lanier Mansion Flashlight Tour

The Lanier Mansion flashlight tour will be held Saturday at 8 p.m.

The tour will include ghost stories related to the home. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors. There is a limit of 10 patrons people per tour, and reservations are required.

Historical House and Cemetery Tours

General Butler State Resort Park's Butler-Turpin State Historic Site will host tours Saturday and Oct. 26 from 9 to 11 p.m. Tours are one hour. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children age 12 and younger. Tickets go on sale at 8:30 p.m. For more information call (502) 732-4384 or email

Carroll County Haunted Trail

Starting Monday, there will be a haunted trail at Camp KYSOC. The trail will be open every day starting at 6 p.m. Entry fees are $5 per person.

Haunted Cozy Acres

Cozy Acres Golf Complex will be haunted Oct. 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. with haunted golf cart rides, games and prizes, face painting, costume mini-golf and more. A portion of proceeds will go to Aiden's Lego Legacy.


Bedford Elementary School will host a trunk-or-treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

New Bethel Church, 9248 W. New Bethel Road, Lexington, will host a trunk-or-treat event Oct. 27 with inflatable slides, games, crafts, food and prize drawings from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information call (812) 866-3443.

Hanover United Methodist Church, 220 E. LaGrange Road, Hanover, will host a trunk-or-treat for all children Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with treats and games. Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry.

Milton Elementary School will host a trunk-or-treat event from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28.


Official trick-or-treat hours for Madison, Hanover and Trimble County will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween night. Carroll County times will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. also on Oct. 31. Vevay will hold its trick-or-treat hours after the Halloween parade Oct. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Red, White and Boo

The City of Madison's annual Red, White and Boo! party will be held Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Broadway Fountain with treat bags, games, candy and a costume contest at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather the event will be moved inside the Brown Gym.