Halloween events kick into gear this month

 Commentary by Sabrina Otero
Times-News correspondent

 From “spooktacular” events to a comedic musical and free movie Fridays, the month of October offers a lot of entertainment options for teens living in Alamance County.

If the thrills and frights of Halloween-themed adventures appeal to you, then check out the following venues:

Sabrina Otero

The Original Hollywood Horror Show, founded and operated by two Alamance County natives, brothers Starr and Dean Jones, is celebrating its 22nd year and is the only area haunted event to feature Hollywood-style makeup and special effects.

Dean Jones is an Emmy award-winning makeup artist and a museum is on site with the Jones brothers’ awards and photos of celebrities they’ve worked with throughout the years. “Twilight” star Michael Welch is scheduled to make an appearance this month as well. Cost is $20 per person and children 5 and under are admitted for free. Visit originalhollywoodhorrorshow.com for showtimes and more details on Welch’s appearance.

 Scarowinds, Carowinds’ haunted event has officially opened to the public. They offer several mazes and live shows through late October. Times and prices vary. Visit www.carowinds.com/scarowinds.

Woods of Terror on Church Street in Greensboro is recognized as one of “America’s Best Haunts” and MSN.com rates this attraction as “one of the best in the country.” Additional details can be found here: www.woodsofterror.com.

Teens who are fans of theater and comedy should place the “The Piety Variety Gospel Show” on their calendar: “It’s a Christian comedy with live music” taking place at 8 p.m. Oct. 6-8 and 3 p.m. Oct. 8-9 at the Paramount Theater, 128 E. Front St., Burlington. Reserve tickets by calling (336) 222-TIXS.

If you’re a teen looking to save some money, then you may wish to take advantage of some of the free events our local libraries are offering this month: 

Movie Night: The May Memorial Library in Burlington is showing “Thor,” rated PG-13, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4. For more details, call (336) 229-3588.

Movie Night: The Graham Public Library will show “Green Lantern,” rated PG-13, at 4 p.m. Oct. 21. For more details, call (336) 570-6730.

Get Crafty: Learn to make “shrunken heads” from apples at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Graham Public Library. For more details, call (336) 570-6730.

Game On: Come play MarioKart Wii (Rated E) at 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Mebane Public Library. For more details, call (919) 563-6431. 

Would you like to share some of the best teen-centric events in Alamance County for the month of November? If so, then send an email to teens20@thetimesnews.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Sabrina Otero is a freshman at Western Alamance High School 
and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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