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Matthews prepares for spooky events

Matthews park manager Scott Rawls and Matthews police officer Don Warren check out props that will be used along the Haunted Trail the next two weekends behind the Matthews Community Center.
Matthews park manager Scott Rawls and Matthews police officer Don Warren check out props that will be used along the Haunted Trail the next two weekends behind the Matthews Community Center. MELINDA JOHNSTON

The town of Matthews is offering plenty of spooky – and not so spooky – Halloween fun over the next few weekends.

The Haunted Trail, stretching along the new greenway connector behind the Matthews Community Center, 100 E. McDowell St., runs Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 16-17 and 23-24, from 6-10 p.m., rain or shine.

5 Number of years The Haunted Trail has spooked community members in Matthews

The Haunted Trail originated years ago in the backyard of Matthews police officer Don Warren. In an effort to share the scares, Warren teamed up five years ago with the town’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department to move the trail to Matthews.

Warren and the department’s staff will be present during trail hours to make sure everything runs smoothly. Members of the Matthews Police Explorers and the South Charlotte Homeschool Key Club will be dressed in costume to deliver frights to those brave enough to attend the event.

Admission is $3 per person. The trail is recommended for individuals 10 and older who don’t mind the dark and aren’t frightened by actors. This event is not recommended for small children or toddlers.

For younger ones who want to enjoy some Halloween fun, town representatives have scheduled the “Not So Spooky” Halloween Carnival from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 in Stumptown Park on South Trade Street in Matthews.

The free event is geared toward children 10 and under and will feature games with candy prizes, crafts, carriage rides, face painting, an obstacle course, bounce house, food vendors, music and more.

There will also be a costume parade, so attendees are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.

To find out more about the either event, visit www.matthewsfun.org. Pets are not allowed.

If historical haunts are more your style, visit the Matthews Heritage Museum, 232 N. Trade St., Oct. 24, from 6-8 p.m.

That evening, museum visitors will encounter Daisy Massey, the daughter of Dr. Henry Massey, who is mourning the death of her father in 1902. She will share the mourning customs practiced at the turn of the century.

Admission is free for the evening. Call 704-708-4996 for more information.

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer: m.johnston@carolina.rr.com.

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