Riverside Park hosts zombies, vampires
Oct. 26, 2012 at 5:26 a.m.
Updated Oct. 27, 2012 at 5:27 a.m.
Annual Cemetery Tour: Tales Told at the River's Edge
Gates open at 6:45 p.m. Saturday
• Evergreen Cemetery
• Vine and Red River streets
• $12 per person
• Tickets on sale at Rogers Pharmacy, Victoria Preservation Inc. office and Devereux Gardens
• Contact Victoria Preservation Inc. at 361-573-1878.
• 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday-Sunday
• The Texas Zoo
• 110 Memorial Drive
• $5 per person
• Contact Alyssa Conrad at 361-573-7681.
Rocky Creek Maze Haunted Trail
After dark (7:45 p.m.) Saturday
• Chaloupka Farm
• 784 County Road 251, Moulton
• $7 plus cost of a general admission ticket ($10, adults $8, children under 12)
• Contact: 361-798-6131 or 361-772-4718
Monster Bash 2012
11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday
• Calhoun County Air Center
• 4876 Farm-to-Market Road 3084, Port Lavaca
• Contact: 361-552-1228 or visit portlavacatx.org
H-E-B Halloween Costume Contest
• 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
• 1505 E. Rio Grande St.
• Contact Jason Brown or Martin Aguayo at 361-572-8221.
Night at the Museum
• 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday
• Children's Discovery Museum
• 204 N. Main St.
• $50 per couple
• $35 per person
• This is an event intended for adults (live music).
• Contact LeOlive Rogge at 361-575-7132.
Fish Fry and Halloween Costume Contest
4-6 p.m. Saturday
• Wilson Heard Park
• Vandenberge Street, Austwell
• $7 per plate
• Contact Donny Denton at 281-948-1925.
Scare on the Square
• 5-8 p.m. Saturday
• Goliad Courthouse Square
• 141 S. Courthouse Square, Goliad
• Visit Main Street Goliad on Facebook for more information.
Halloween Contest/Costume Party
• 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday
• 5 O'clock Somewhere
• 45 Depot St., Telferner
• No cover charge
• First place in costume contest wins $100.
• Contact: 361-578-9807
Boo'k'tacular Fall Festival
• 6-8 p.m. Monday
• Shields Magnet School
• 3400 Bluebonnet Drive
• Kids, wear your costumes.
• Contact Shields Elementary at 361-788-9593.
Annual Community Trick or Treat
• 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
• Yorktown Nursing and Rehabilitation
• 670 W. Fourth St., Yorktown
• Residents and staff will pass out candy for trick-or-treaters.
• Contact: 361-563-2275
The witch was scared.
"I'm scared of monsters; I think I'm gonna cry," the 8-year-old witch fretted, holding her mom's hand.
Marissa Gutierrez, a third-grader at Shields Elementary School, completed her witch look with a pointed, sparkly hat for the Haunted Hay Ride on Friday, but said her costume did not prepare her for the horrors lurking in Riverside Park.
"I love to do fun things with my kids," said Josie Vasquez, Marissa's mom. "And Halloween is my favorite time of year. It even goes past Christmas."
Vasquez came to the hay ride with her children, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.
Her nephew, Joshua Vasquez, 6, was convinced he could make it through the hay ride without screaming.
"I'm not scared," Joshua said. "I watch scary movies. 'Chucky' is my favorite, but I also watch 'Freddy Krueger,' 'Jeepers Creepers.'"
Danielle Williams, recreation specialist for Victoria Parks and Recreation, said she started the Haunted Hay Ride in 2011 in lieu of having a fall festival at the community center.
"I was driving through the park one day, and I thought it would be scary at night," Williams said about how she got the idea.
"It is different because there aren't a lot of places in the area that do a haunted hay ride," she said. "We wanted to do something different."
A volunteer scarer for the evening, Chelsie Richardson, 16, said she also worked the hay ride in 2011.
Dressed up as the bound woman from the movie "13 Ghosts," Chelsie said she had a purpose to her scaring.
"My goal is to scare a lot of people," Chelsie said. "There are always those kids that are like, 'You aren't scary. You aren't scary.' I want to get those kids."
Williams said they charged $1 per rider in 2011 and raised about $500. This year, they are hoping to have about 1,000 riders and charged $2 per rider. Williams said the charge just covers cost.
But she didn't just plan the event - Williams participated as a 1950s zombie housewife.
"I just wanted to go vintage, but I also wanted to be scary, so - zombie," she said, laughing, shrugging her shoulders.
Marissa huddled with a neighbor on the hay ride, but made it through without screaming - even when a city bus started flashing strobe lights and a zombie ran out from behind a tree, the scariest part, she said.
Still, she doesn't think she would like to go through it again.
Joshua gave his best scream at the end of the hay ride, when the tractor went over a speed bump.