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Article by Jeanne Lesinski

Hide and Shriek: The Delta College Drama Department presents Hide and Shriek, written by Tim Kelly (creator of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland). The plot revolves around a jealous woman, a missing girl, a runaway, a pot of money, fraud, mysterious strangers, and last but not least, revenge.

The performance will be in the lecture theater (G160). Tickets: $5. Showtimes: Thursday, October 22, at 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; Friday, October 23, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, October 24 at 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Contact: Judy Gonzalez at 989-686-9535; Contact Email jlgonzal[at]delta.edu.

Haunted Temple: The entire Masonic Temple (700 N. Madison Ave. at the corner of N. Madison and Sixth St.) in Bay City becomes the stage for this theatrical production involving dozens of performers, special effects, imagination, and a true-life creepy, nineteenth-century building. The Haunted Temple features a guided tour conducted by members of B.O.G.U.S., a (fictitious) scientific team investigating reports of paranormal activity in the Historic District, visitors will encounter a haunting of a whimsical yet creepy nature-through a building populated by turn-of-the-century and vintage ghosts and ghouls.

Tickets: $10. Adults: $10.00; students (with I.D.) & seniors 65 and up: $6.00; Time: 7 p.m. - 11:00 p.m., October 16 and 17, 23 and 24, and 30 and 31. Event includes walking through a multi-level building. May not be suitable for children under the age of eight. This site is not handicap accessible. Proceeds to benefit the Masonic Temple restoration fund. Website: http://www.hauntedtemple.com/HAUNTED%20BAY%20CITY.html

Hallowday Bash: Spooked out barn holds free concert October 31st for Last Resort's 4th Annual Hallowday Bash. The Tri-Cities' Last Resort (4080 North Chapin Rd. in Merrill, Michigan) will be hosting a free costume party October 31st, open to the public (ages 18+). The festivities include live performances by Petosky, Michigan's Flight Squadron YON!; Commerce, Michigan's The Danny Phantoms; Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Lucky Bone; and Midland, Michigan's Ghost Teeth. Also on the agenda is the premiere of a locally made short horror film. Time: Doors open at 7 p.m., and the festivities conclude at 2 a.m.

Last Resort offers overnight camping, a bonfire, and complimentary morning coffee. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather, and bring any supplies you may need with you. To check out the bands, get directions, or for more information visit www.myspace.com/itsthelastresort .

Haunted Forest: Patrons can visit the Haunted Forest, in the City Forest on Monroe St. a quarter-mile west of Eastman in Midland. Time: 7:30 p.m., on October 22-25, with no one allowed to line up after 9:30 p.m. Costumed volunteers work lead 20-minute treks through dark woods. Tickets: $5 for those 12 and older, $3 for children 11 and younger. Organizers suggest parental guidance for youths 8 and younger. Cider, hot chocolate and popcorn can be purchased. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Midland Special Olympics.

Village of the Living Dead: Located at 400 E. Water in St. Charles a block north of the light at M-52, this venue offers 15-minute tours of a haunted house that draws visitors from all over the thumb. Time: Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m. - midnight; Sunday, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tickets: $5 per person, or a speed-pass for $15 lets buyers skip the line. It is recommended that visitors be 13 years old or older, and because some crawling around is required, this site is not advisable for people with back problems or asthma.

This annual event, is now in its 24th year, year employs the talents of 50 volunteers and raises funds to benefit the St. Charles Jaycees, who in turn distribute the money to the community in the form of grants.