Scary Random Roundup

I don’t know what’s more scary in this haunted Halloween season, the witches, ghosts, and goblins that will soon roam our streets or the political ads leading up to the election in a couple of weeks. Either way with the variety of frightening things going on, it’s time for a scary edition of the weekly random roundup.

My scariest story this week is that I had to call my behemoth of a telecommunications provider to get a billing problem corrected. I’ll be okay, but it was as scary as usual. Kids, if you really want to scare people, dress up this year as a call center employee from any of our non-competitive telecommunications giants. EEEEEK!

There are lots of fun scary things going on this weekend prior to Halloween’s arrival next Wednesday.

Start with lots of events all rolled into “Halloween Happenings” on the Square this evening from 6 to 9 p.m. I’m impressed – and scared – by the lineup. Meet Hero the Zombie Fighting Dog for starters then follow up with the Farmer Jack O’Lantern pumpkin smash. The best part is that all proceeds go to support our Historic Tivoli Theater. The Spencer Exchange Club will be selling PORK BURGERS! in the evening but will actually have the grill set up by 11 a.m. to serve the lunch crown around the Square. I am looking forward to meeting the Beast of Owen County and hoping a smoked pork burger may satisfy the cravings of the Beast.

Also tonight, our Family YMCA hosts a “Gathering of Ghouls and Goblins” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. You’ll find some great Trick or Treating at this free event.

The tradition continues at McCormick’s Creek State Park as “Fall-o-Ween 2018” kicks off tonight at the Canyon Inn with a Halloween magic show at 7 p.m. There are activities all day Saturday but the highlight is always the campground Trick or Treating that will run from 4 to 6 p.m. The costume judging will be at 6:30 at the Nature Center. Check out the full lineup of activities. It’s frightening!

We can always count on our Owen County Public Library for family fun and this haunting season is no different. “Silly, Spooky Halloween” will be Monday, 10/29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Lots of activities will be going on but the library will play to their audience with some scary storytelling, so put on your cape, sharpen your fangs and check it out.

Better be on the lookout for lots of scary doings around Owen County this weekend and through Halloween. Local churches and other service groups will also be hosting fun family activities. Watch the pages of your Evening World for all of the details.

Also this weekend but in the “Not Scary at All” category, the Vandalia Community Preservations Association is hosting their annual Chili Dinner at the Vandalia Schoolhouse this Sunday from 3 to 5. Get some great chili, listen to Lloyd Wood and his band, and help preserve the old school and chapel for future generations. This event is a perfect autumn activity for young and old. See you there.

And just a nice thing that I’d like to report so everyone doesn’t get too scared. The Legal Secretaries Association of Indiana recently made the decision to disband their group. In their final gesture, the group made a generous gift to Charles Edwards Scholarship to support continuing education in law related fields including legal secretary. We’re sorry the group is ending their work but thankful for their parting gift to support education in Owen County.

We hope your random events of the spooky season are fun and fulfilling. If you would like to know more about our local charity, the Owen County Community Foundation, and what we do to support our communities, contact us. You can call me at 812-829-1725, email me at, visit us online at or on our Facebook page, or stop by and visit us in person at our office on the south side of the Courthouse Square at 60 E. Market Street in Spencer.