Ghosts, goblins and other costumed characters will begin treks through local cities and towns in search of candy and other treats Halloween night.

The city of Madison will host the return of Red, White and Boo! during the city's designated trick-or-treat hours, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Red, White and Boo! will be held on Vaughn Drive near Bicentennial Park, with many local organizations having games and candy for young children as an alternative to trick-or-treating from door to door.

The first Red, White and Boo! was in 2001. Having a community event was seen as a way to have a safe and fun environment for families. The last Red, White and Boo! was in 2008.

"It's getting back to what it originally was," said Andrew Forrester, the mayor's executive assistant for community relations.

A costume contest is planned at 6:30 p.m., with registration for the contest beginning at 6 p.m., Forrester said. People of all ages may participate in the event. Four age categories will be judged throughout the evening with prizes for the scariest, prettiest, most patriotic and most creative in the age groups.

Red, White and Boo! is geared toward children 12 and younger, but anyone may attend the event. Organizers ask that children attend with an adult. In case of rain, Red, White and Boo! will be moved to Brown Gym.

An event for teens will be held in front of Crystal Beach on Vaughn Drive from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., also on Oct. 31. Red, White and Boogie will feature music and food. Teens are encouraged to dress up for the event.

Other area trick-or-treat events will be held throughout the week leading up to Halloween night. Switzerland County will host trick-or-treat events in Vevay on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. Trick-or-treat in Jefferson, Trimble and Carroll counties will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

The city of Milton will also host a Halloween event during the city's trick-or-treat from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Milton Municipal Building.

Halloween-themed fundraisers for local fire departments will take place for the last time this season on Friday and Saturday.

Deputy Volunteer Fire Department will host an annual haunted hayride Friday and Saturday. Events will begin with food available at 4 p.m. 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. McClure said dressed characters will be along the trail and might jump toward the wagon.

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

The "Trail of Screams" corn maze will be open for the final weekend at the Milton Fire and Rescue Station 2 at 35 Volunteer Drive Friday and Saturday. The maze features nearly a mile of twists, turns and deadends, plus haunters throughout.

The corn maze will open at 5 p.m., but no haunters will be inside the maze until dark. People who want to go through the maze but not be frightened can go early. Admission is $5 per person, with proceeds supporting the Milton Fire and Rescue Department.

Other area Halloween events include:

• The Historic Hoosier Theater and the Switzerland County Historical Society will host a walking ghost tour Friday. Tours will begin at 7 p.m. rain or shine, and tickets are $25 per person. Guests are encouraged to 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.

• General Butler State Resort Park will host a Family Fun Halloween Weekend Friday through Sunday. Activities will include a Haunted Train Track of Terror & Haunted Firehouse and Glow in the Dark 18-hole Mini Golf. Trick-or-Treating and entertainment will be included throughout the weekend. Admission fees will be charged for activities. A $5 visitor's entrance fee will be charged to guests not staying at the campgrounds Saturday.

• A multi-room haunted house will be featured at the Tyson Activity Center in Versailles Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Haunted Tour costs $5, and a Child Activity Area costs $3.

• Madison Township Volunteer Fire Department, 3413 Michigan Road, will host the 10th annual Shop With A Firefighter Halloween Bash on Saturday. The event will feature live music from The Rumors. The doors will 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 Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight. Costume judging will begin at 10 p.m., and prizes will be awarded.