Several local haunts featuring a few tricks, treats and ghost stories open this weekend leading up to Halloween.

Trolley rides featuring a few ghouls and ghost stories will be part of the events in downtown Madison.

The Haunted Mystery Trolley Tour will take place Friday and Saturday with two tours each night. The ride will take guests on an hour tour of downtown, which is a National Historic Landmark, and to one of the city's cemeteries. Judy Duncan with the Madison Trolley encouraged visitors to dress for the cool weather during the night tours and to be prepared for a few ghosts and goblins.

"There will be treats and there will be tricks," Duncan said.

Duncan asked parents to think about their child's tolerance for spooky events before taking children on the ride.

"I don't want anyone to be traumatized," she said.

Guests will not leave the trolley during the tour, but some of the ghouls might approach the vehicle.

The tour has been a successful event the last two years, Duncan said. People can call the Madison Trolley to make reservations for a specific tour time. Each tour will seat about 26 people.

The Haunted Mystery Trolley Tour will be at 7 and 8:30 p.m. both nights. Tours will leave from the gazebo on Vaughn Drive.

Tours cost $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and younger. Reservations can be made by calling the Madison Trolley at 701-4013.

An annual fundraiser at the Deputy Volunteer Fire Department will open Friday for two weekends of events.

Haunted hayrides will be featured Friday and Saturday of the two weekends with events beginning at 4 p.m. with food. Cub Scouts will host a costume contest at 7 p.m., and there will be other festivities and popcorn throughout the night. Glow sticks will be on sale.

Paula McClure, an organizer of the event, said the hayride will take visitors through a wooded area with scenes set up throughout the ride. McClure said dressed characters will be located throughout the trail and might jump toward the wagon.

"It is kind of scary," McClure said, but also said that children of all ages enjoyed the rides last year.

Hayride ticket sales begin at 6 p.m. with the first ride leaving at dark. Tickets cost $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger.

"It's one of our biggest fundraisers," McClure said.

The "Trail of Screams" corn maze will open for the second weekend Friday and Saturday at Milton Fire and Rescue Station 2 at 35 Volunteer Drive. The maze features nearly a mile of twists, turns and dead-ends, and haunters.

The corn maze will open at 5 p.m., but no haunters will be inside the maze until dark for anyone who wants to visit before the haunting begins.

Admission to the corn maze will be $5 per person, with proceeds supporting the Milton Fire and Rescue Department. The "Trail of Screams" will open for its last weekend Oct. 26 and 27.



Other upcoming events in the Courierarea include ghost tours and more Halloween activities.

• The Historic Hoosier Theater and the Switzerland County Historical Society will host walking ghost tours Friday and Saturday, as well as Oct. 26. Tours will begin at 7 p.m. rain or shine. Tickets are $25 per person. Guests are encouraged to bring take their own ghost hunting equipment, flashlights and camera. Tickets are available at the Julia Knox Gift Shop, 206 E. Main St., Vevay or by calling (812) 427-3338.

• The Madison Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1969 at 3100 Michigan Road will host the River Valley Financial Relay for Life Halloween Fundraiser Karaoke for a Cure on Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 and those attending must be age 18 or older. The event will also feature a costume contest and an auction.

• The Jefferson County Public Library Madison branch will hold a Halloween HoeDown on Wednesday. The free event will feature snacks, games, dancing and crafts. Call 265-2744 to sign up.

• Madison Township Volunteer Fire Department, 3413 Michigan Road, will host the 10th annual Shop With A Firefighter Halloween Bash on Oct. 27. The event will feature live music from "The Rumors." The doors open at 8 p.m. The band plans to play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The cover charge is $6.

• Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion will host an adult Halloween Party on Oct. 27 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Costume judging will begin at 10 p.m., and prizes will be awarded.