Oct. 31 is still nearly three weeks away, but area residents can get their early spooks and frights through haunted trails and events leading up to Halloween.

Night Spirits

Costumed actors will portray "spirits" in the dimly lit rooms of the Lanier Mansion during the seventh annual "Night Spirits" program scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site.

Each "spirit" will tell a true, shocking tale related to their life, or death.

The incidents recounted by the spirits this year are: "Beheading of Rossington Elms" told by Dan Bixler; "Explosion at the Alleghany Arsenal" told by Kathy Ayers; "The nurse who haunts Madison's Civil War Hospital" told by Shonica Hartless; "The drowning of little Georgie Smith" told by JoAnne Spiller; and "The Bizarre Death of Robert R. Rea" told by Bob Hartsaw.

This year's program is dedicated to the memory of Virginia (Ginger) Jorgensen, author of "Ghosts of Madison Indiana," who died in 2012.

The scripts were written by Wayne Sanford, an author and historian from Indianapolis, who has conducted extensive research on Madison's history.

Guests will start the tour at the Madison Visitor Center, 601 W. First St. The first tour will leave at 7 p.m., with additional groups departing in 15-minute intervals. The final tour will depart at 9 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served in the mansion's eerie basement at the end of each tour.

Admission is $10 per person. Reservations are strongly suggested. For reservations call (812) 273-0556.

Lanier Mansion Flashlight Tour

The Lanier Mansion flashlight tours will run Saturday and Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.

The tour will include ghost stories related to the home. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors. There is a limit of 10 patrons people per tour, and reservations are required.

Trail of Screams

Milton Fire and Rescue will host its "Trail of Screams" each Friday and Saturday until Oct. 26 at Station 2.

The corn maze runs from 5 p.m. to midnight each day and includes twists, turns, deadends, graveyards and possible lurking beasts. Admission is $5 per person.

Hot chocolate and hotdogs are available at the station for visitors as well.

To accommodate children, the trail will be "unhaunted" from 5 p.m. until dark.

'Little Vampires'

Court Street Cinemas will screen "Little Vampires" at 2 p.m. Friday at the Carroll County Public Library. The film is rated PG.


Official trick-or-treat hours for Madison, Hanover and Trimble County will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween night. Carroll County times will be 6 to 7:30 p.m. also on Oct. 31. Vevay will hold its trick-or-treat hours after the Halloween parade Oct. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m.