PUMPKINS & MORE Greensboro, Ga.
Resort offers Halloween weekend package
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga. - roughly midway between Atlanta and Augusta, Ga., off Interstate 20 - is offering families a Great Pumpkin Weekend package Friday and Saturday that includes a two-night stay, a pumpkin and carving kit, trick-or-treating around the resort and nighttime ghost stories in the forest, and a $25 resort credit for spending (not applicable to room rate, tax, resort fee, gratuities; or golf). The package starts at $235 for resort-view accommodations. Details: 706-467-0600; www.ritzcarltonlodge .com .
Downtown does Halloween on Thursday
Downtown Albemarle's fifth annual Fall Festival and Costume Parade offers a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Starting at 4 p.m. at the old Lorch Plumbing Parking Lot on Second Street, children 12 and younger can walk parade-style down Second Street to Courthouse Square Park. They will receive treat bags and maps listing more than 40 businesses that will give out candy. Entertainment will start at 5:15 p.m. in Courthouse Square Park with the Uwharrie Storytellers. Trick-or-treating and storytelling will end at 6 p.m. Details: 704-984-9415; www.albemarledowntown .com .
WOMPUS WOODS, ETC. South Carolina
Need a nice treat (or a good scare?)
The Palmetto State has a wide array of Halloween activities worth driving for. Among them:
Community trick-or-treat activities sponsored by merchants and municipalities include "Boo Bash," Friday in Greenwood ( www.uptowngreenwood.com/events_ boobash.aspx ) and - near Edgefield, at the Trenton Airport, the Saturday "Candy Drop" ( www.edgefielddaily .com/trenton110209.html ).
In search of scares? The "Wompus Wood Haunted Trail" is up and running every night this week in Cowpens ( www.wompuswoods.com); in Lamar - just west of Florence - "Haunted Hills of Lynches River" is a Thursday-Sunday after-dark hayride where people in scary costumes jump out at you ( http://hauntedhills.angel fire.com ).
EERIE NIGHTS, ETC.
More Halloween thrills
Virginia's capital also has its share of Halloween activities. Haunts of Richmond - a nighttime walking ghost tour company - offers four different guided ghost tours through historic neighborhoods and local bars ( www.hauntsofrichmond.com). Eerie Nights' "ghoul guiders" tour similarly handles the historic Shockoe Bottom area ( www.eerienights.com). Kings Dominion theme park gets ghouling with the Halloween Haunt next weekend ( haunt.kingsdominion.com).
FIELD DAYS Camden, S.C.
Fight against Redcoats resumes Nov. 6-7
Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site is staging its 40th annual Revolutionary War Field Days, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 6-7. About 500 British and Patriot re-enactors and living history interpreters will pitch tents on same grounds occupied by the British in 1780 to present a glimpse of life during the war years. At 1:30 p.m. both days, cannons will bellow as tactics unfold from the Battle of Camden. Military tribunals, artillery demonstrations, fife & drum concerts, a roundtable discussion (1781 partisan warfare) will be held. In the civilian camp, interpreters will share domestic skills and artisans will work their 18th-century trades. Other activities include a 1700s fashion show, chamber music, tours of the Kershaw House and an Anglican Church service (that Sunday morning). Kids' activities (Nov. 6, a Saturday) include colonial games and enlistment in the King's army and hands-on activities daily. Sutlers Rows and the Exchange Shop will sell an array of merchandise. Daily admission: $10; $8/seniors and military; $4 for ages 6-12; 5 and younger free. Family package family package (two adults, three kids under 12): $25.
Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site is at 222 Broad St., Camden, S.C. Details: 803-432-9841; www .historic-camden.net.