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Great Escapes: Haunted Athens

This weekend, it's ok to scare your date!

Sometimes, a good scare can be fun, and what better time to experience the rush of a good fright than Halloween weekend? This year, Halloween falls on a Monday, which means the weekend is jam-packed with celebratory events. Two in particular are worth checking out, and, because they take place on multiple nights, you can take part in both of them.

The first is Fear Factory, a haunted house adventure that takes place Thursday through Monday, starting at 7pm each night. The haunted house has been set up in the usually vacant building on Oconee St. in downtown Athens, across from the Farmer’s Lofts apartment building. Several local radio stations will be broadcasting the event live, and Raising Cane’s is collecting pet food donations for the Athens Area Humane Society. The first 25 people who arrive with a pet food donation will receive a Raising Cane’s coupon for a free box combo meal with a beverage. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15. 

The second event is part of an ongoing series of tours sponsored by the Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation, with this week’s tour appropriately themed. The Athens Heritage Walks Haunted History Tour provides a glimpse into the “real” haunted houses of Athens. These tours will take place Thursday through Monday at 7pm, nightly, and will feature a special mystery tour guide. While the list of locations that will be visited is also a mystery, it is almost a sure bet that the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority house, located on Milledge Ave., will be included in the tour.

Also known as the Birthday Cake House, it is known nationwide among ghost hunters as being “authentically” haunted. In 1979, a young woman living in the house commited suicide by hanging herself in her bedroom after her fiancee broke off their engagement. Her ghost walks the halls at night, and legend has it that anyone who resides in her room will become engaged within a year of moving out.

Looking for a good place to eat, have a drink and scope out some crazy costumes?

Perhaps the best location for costume-watching is , a long-standing bar and restaurant on the corner of Clayton and Lumpkin Streets that has large, plate glass windows. The location and the windows make for a perfect vantage point for the Wild Rumpus parade on Saturday night, not to mention The Globe serves delicious food and great beer.

Saturday evening, the Wild Rumpus parade will begin at 8:30pm on the corner of Clayton and Pulaski, pass College Square, and culminate at the Georgia Theatre, where several bands will play in celebration.

So, this weekend, make it a point to be scared, and celebrate the crazy in all of us!

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