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Spooky Festivities

The Jackson area will see many Halloween parties and events this year for partiers of all ages. Photo courtesy Flickr/Pillow of Winds

The Jackson area will see many Halloween parties and events this year for partiers of all ages. Photo courtesy Flickr/Pillow of Winds

It's Halloween, and you know what that means: trick-or-treating and going to parties and celebrations, probably dressed either as Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or Ken Bone. Here's what's happening in Jackson.

Freak Fest at Hal & Mal's

Hal & Mal's (200 Commerce St., 601-948-0888) is hosting the Freak Fest Halloween costume bash on Saturday, Oct. 29, beginning at 9 p.m. The party will have a costume contest with more than $1,000 in cash and prizes for the first-, second- and third-place winners. The event will also feature live music from DJ Rozz, DJ Trix, Rob Roy, DJ Bambino and DJ T Zilla. Participants must be 18 or older to enter the contest and 21 to drink. For more information, visit halandmals.com.

Boo at the Zoo

The Jackson Zoo (2918 W. Capitol St.) will host its annual Halloween event, Boo at the Zoo, on Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29, from 5 to 8 p.m. on both days. The event is open to the public for the price of regular zoo admission and $3 for members.

The zoo's education team will have a "Hogwarts experience" in the Gertrude C. Ford Education Center. Costume parades will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Gertrude C. For Wildlife Theater, and a Monster Mash dance party will take place at 7:30 p.m. The event will also feature a "Haunted Hallows" event at the aquatics building, and animal encounters, games and activities, a haunted hayride, a live deejay, concessions and more. Family-friendly costumes are encouraged.

For more information, visit jacksonzoo.org.

Halloween Bash with Peelander-Z

On Halloween, Oct. 31, Martin's Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712) will host a Halloween bash that features music from Japanese action-comic punk band Peelander-Z. The doors open at 8 p.m., and the show begins at 9 p.m. The event will also have a costume contest and more.

Park After Dark

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (2148 Riverside Dr.) and the Mississippi Children's Museum (2145 Museum Blvd.) will join forces to host the fifth annual Park After Dark on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The events at the science museum include a "Goose Bumps: The Science of Fear" exhibit challenge, ghost stories in the science museum's outdoor amphitheater, Halloween-themed science experiments with Dr. Frankenstein and the Creature, arts and crafts, and more. The children's museum will have a kung fu karate exhibition, spooky spin art and mask-making, science experiments and exploding pumpkins. Tickets for the event are $8 and allow entry to both museums. For more information, call 601-576-6000 or visit mdwfp.com or mschildrensmuseum.org.

Clinton Fall Festival and FUNraiser

On Saturday, Oct. 29 is the Fall Festival and FUNraiser for Mississippi Animal Rescue League at Indian Lanes Bowling Center, Jump Zone and Party Place (815 E. Northside Drive, Clinton). The event begins at 1 p.m.

Activities will include hayrides, carnival-style games, trick-or-treating, a chance for kids to meet and visit with Clinton police officers and sit in one of their police cruisers, a paint-your-pumpkin craft station and more. MARL volunteers will be on site with dogs and cats available for adoption.

Boondocks Firearms Training Academy is sponsoring a zombie paintball shoot for kids and teens and are bringing their Lethal Force Simulator for adults to shoot zombies, as well. Both begin at 4 p.m.

MARL is asking any visitors who can to bring a bag of Purina dog puppy, kitten or cat food and help stuff their truck to feed hungry and homeless animals in Clinton.

The costume contest begins at 6 p.m., and hayrides continue until 8 p.m. The Pumpkin Bowl will take place inside the bowling center throughout the event from 1 p.m. until midnight.

Admission is free, but tickets will be required for most activities. They will be sold for 25 cents each. For more information, call 601-924-4248 or visit indianlanesms.com.

The Haunting of Old Towne

Clinton will host The Haunting of Old Towne on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event features cakewalks, costume contests for all ages, a pumpkin-carving contest, carnival-style games, candy and toys, and more. The cost for this event is $2 per person. For more information, visit clintonms.org.

Halloween Bash with Peelander-Z

On Halloween, Oct. 31, Martin's Restaurant & Bar (214 S. State St., 601-354-9712) will host a Halloween bash that features music from Japanese action-comic punk band Peelander-Z. The doors open at 8 p.m., and the show begins at 9 p.m. The event will also have a costume contest and more. For more information, see page 27.

Haunted Brewery Tours

On Friday, Oct. 28, Lucky Town Brewing Company (1710 N. Mill St.) will host its inaugural haunted brewery tours events. The event, which begins at 4 p.m., will have a costume contest at 7 p.m., Halloween candy pairings with beer and haunted brewery tours. The event has no cover charge, but tours and samples are $10. For more information, find Lucky Town on Facebook.

Trunk or Treat at Area Churches

Several area churches will be hosting Trunk or Treat events this year, featuring church members decorating their cars and filling the trunks with candy, which allows children to trick-or-treat from car to car in a safe environment.

Meadowbrook Church of Christ's (4261 Interstate 55 N.) event will take place on Oct. 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature pizza and popcorn, a cake walk, face painting, arts and crafts, games such as bean-bag tossing and more. The event will feature prizes for the best costume for children and adults, as well as a prize for the best-decorated car. Church members will be collecting donations of toiletries for local elderly who have trouble going out on their own. For more information, call 601-362-5374.

Bellwether Church's (4624 Old Canton Road) event will take place on Oct. 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will feature face painting, a space jump and more. All proceeds will benefit Operation Christmas Child, and guests are asked to bring school supplies, high-quality crafts and toys, hygiene items or accessories to pack a shoebox. For more information, call 601-500-7930.

Fondren Presbyterian Church's (3220 Old Canton Road) Pres-BOO-terian Trunk or Treat will take place on Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and will feature hot dogs, costume prizes, face painting and more. For more information, call 601-982-3232.

Last Call Sports Grill

Last Call Sports Grill (1428 Old Square Road) will host Massacre Monday on Oct. 31 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event will feature $3 drink specials all night, live music by DJ Pretty Ricky and a costume contest at midnight with a $250 prize for sexiest costume and a $1,000 prize for best costume overall. For more information, find Last Call on Facebook.

Dexter Allen's Haunted Homecoming at F. Jones Corner

On Oct. 29 Frank Jones Corner (303 N. Farish St.) will host Dexter Allen's Haunted Homecoming. The event will feature live music from Dexter Allen starting at midnight, a costume contest with bar tabs as prizes for the winners and drink specials such as JELL-O shots. For more information, call 601-983-1148 or visit fjonescorner.com.

Halloween Blowout at Pop's Saloon

Pop's Saloon (2636 S. Gallatin St.) is holding a Halloween Blowout costume party on Oct. 29 that will feature a costume contest with $1,500 prizes for best and sexiest costume and live music from Miles Flatt. For more information, call 601-961-4747 or find Pop's Saloon on Facebook.

Shucker's Halloween Party

Shucker's Oyster Bar (116 Conestoga Road, Ridgeland) is holding its annual Halloween party on Oct. 29 starting at 8 p.m. The event has a $15 cover charge and will feature live music from Ian Faith, Acoustic Crossroads and DJ Mason, and a costume contest at midnight. The contest will have $2,000 worth of prizes, with $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place and $250 for sexiest costume. Contestants must register for the contest by 10 p.m. For more information, visit shuckersontherez.com.

Playtime Entertainment

On Saturday, Oct. 29, Playtime (1009 Hampstead Blvd., Clinton) will have a Halloween costume party starting at 8 p.m. with a costume contest and more. Guests must be 18 or older to enter the contest.

Fenian's Pub

On Saturday, Oct. 29, Fenian's will host a Halloween costume party from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. People can register for the costume contest between 9 and 10 p.m., and the winners will be announced from 12:45 to 1 a.m. First, second and third-place winners will receive prizes. For more information, find Fenian's on Facebook.

Twin Peaks

Oct. 27-31, Twin Peaks (6010 Interstate 55 N.) will have a Halloween costume party. For more information, find Twin Peaks Jackson on Facebook.

See jfpevents.com for more events, and add other Halloween events at jfp.ms/halloween2016.

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