Fall and Halloween activities around Amarillo + safety tips!, part 1

Halloween in Amarillo requires careful driving.

Halloween in Amarillo requires careful driving.

Hair-raising. Ghoulish. Festive. Fun. No matter what adjectives you associate with your favorite Halloween activity, Amarillo has enough going on this season to keep you entertained until the holiday lights go up.

Love traditional celebrations with the kids? Then pumpkin picking and hayrides at Maxwell’s Pumpkin Farm or Amazingly Fun Farm will indulge you with some Halloween nostalgia. The Amazingly Fun Farm even has a 9-acre cornfield maze and a giant hay slide!

For teens, there’s nothing quite like a good scare. Amarillo Scaregrounds and Chainsaw Massacre run throughout October, while proceeds from Mayhem Z haunted house go towards the Amarillo Activity Youth Center, an organization that fosters good citizenship in the youth of Amarillo.

And if you’re an adult with a “been there, done that” attitude towards the above, there’s no shortage of mature activities that are creepy without being kooky.

At Don Harrington Discovery Center’s Mad Scientist Ball, a monstrous dance party, you’ll dress up in a lab coat and dine on gourmet food by a local chef (okay, this one may be a little kooky). Proceeds benefit Discovery Center programs. Over at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Llano Cemetery Tour by Twilight offers trolley tours of the grounds that explain the stories of the dead – and how they shaped this area in their mortal lives. Totally spooky, and children under 3 are free!

No matter where you find yourself on (or around) Halloween, we hope you drive safely and have fun!

Amarillo Fall/Halloween Calendar of Events

September 28

o Amazingly Fun Farm: 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27, plus 1 to 10 p.m. Oct. 13, 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 and 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30. Admission charge. Loop 335 and South Whitaker Road. 806-376-6293 or www.amazinglyfunfarm.com.

o Maxwell’s Pumpkin Farm: 5 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27. 12908 S. Bell St. Admission $10. 806-373-9600 or www.maxwellspumpkinfarm.com.

October 4

o Mayhem Z haunted house: 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26. Amarillo Activity Youth Center, 816 S. Van Buren St. Admission charge. 806-373-2292 or www.fearamarillo.com.

o Amarillo Scaregrounds: 7 p.m. Oct. 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27 and 31. 2736 W. 10th Ave. Admission $35 for one admission to each attraction or $50 for unlimited admission per night to most attractions; other costs vary. 806-374-2868 or www.amarilloscaregrounds.com.

o Chainsaw Massacre: 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 26, 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27 and 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 31. 12851 Interstate 27. www.hauntedamarillo.com or www.hardcorehaunts.com.

Oct 12

o Don Harrington Discovery Center’s Mad Scientist Ball: 7 p.m. to midnight. 1200 Streit Drive. 806-355-9547. http://dhdc.org/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=102&cntnt01origid=51&cntnt01detailtemplate=DHDC-detail&cntnt01returnid=59

Oct 19

o Canadian Fall Foliage Tour: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Continues 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 20. Various locations in Canadian. 806-323-6234 or www.canadiantx.org.

o Llano Cemetery Tour by Twilight: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 34th Avenue and Arthur Street. Admission $5; children 3 and younger are free. 806-376-4538. http://panhandleplains.org/calendar.asp?pageid=6&calid=312

Oct 26

o Don Harrington Discovery Center’s Monster Bash: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission $5 for children; chaperones free. 1200 Streit Drive. 806-355-9547.

Oct 27

o Amarillo Youth Choirs’ fall concert: 3 p.m. Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets $10 adults, $5 children ages 8 and younger. 806-372-1100.

Check out part 2 in a few days, with our Halloween driving safety tips!