We are accumulating a list of fall and Halloween activities that are either free or open to the public. So far, we’ve found that the Starkville Community Market will have a special Halloween Market, a few groups hosting fall festivals and the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department’s annual haunted house.
If you know of any fall or Halloween activities coming up that you don’t see on our list, please let us know by emailing [email protected] We’ll run the information in upcoming editions as space is available and online at cdispatch.com .
This list is arranged by date.
■ The Student Programming Board at Mississippi University for Women will host its annual Oktoberfest event Friday. Festivities are from 5-8 p.m. on Shattuck Lawn. The family-oriented event is an opportunity for student organizations to raise money and involve the community. Children, ages newborn to 12, are eligible for the costume contest. Registration is from 5-5:45 pm, and a costume contest will begin at 6 p.m. There will be numerous kid-friendly games, face painting, corn hole, musical chairs and balloon pop, etc. Tickets are 50 cents each.
■ Family Fun Pumpkin Patch will be open Oct. 15-30 at Life Church, 4888 North Frontage Road, Columbus. The pumpkin patch will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1-7 p.m. Sundays.
■ Caledonia Day Festival will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 16 at Ola J. Pickett Park.
■ Eighth Annual Loaves & Fishes Fundraiser for the Lowndes County Community Soup Kitchen will be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 21 at First United Methodist Church, College Street drive-thru. Tickets are $25 for take out or delivery. Delivery in Columbus city limits can be made by calling (662) 425-6408.
■ Starkville Community Market’s Halloween Market from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Fire Station Park. Event will include a pumpkin-painting station, trick-or-treating, bounce houses and face-painting. A Kids Costume Parade (10 & Under) and a Pet Costume Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. respectively.
■ Haunted House: “The Dead Pirates Cove,” presented by Community Benefit Committee and Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department, will be held Oct. 28-21 at the Columbus Fairgrounds, Hwy 69 South. Hours will be from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 28, 6-10 p.m. Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 and 6-9 p.m. Oct. 31. Cost is $10; proceed to benefit Lowndes County children for the Christmas Bike Program.
■ Columbus-Lowndes Public Libarary’s Haunted Library will be from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 28 Dress in your costume and join the library staff for some fun.
■ Talledegourd 500, charity pumpkin race, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 28, during Pumpkinpalooza in downtown Starkville. Entry fee is $25 for individuals/family; $50 for businesses. Register at msuceo.com/go/pumpkin
■ Pumpkinpalooza will be held from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 28 on Main Street, downtown Starkville, visit.starkville.org
■ Downtown West Point will host the Boo Parade at 9:15 a.m. Oct. 29.
■ Drive-thru Fall Fun will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30 at Propst Park, Columbus.