You may be too old to trick-or-treat, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate Halloween, and in a non-passive way (e.g., watching a heavily edited Nightmare on Elm Street on network TV). Those looking to celebrate Halloween in a more hands-on fashion can check out the variety of haunted houses, haunted farms, haunted dances, and haunted hayrides around town. The most comprehensive of the haunted houses, the Trail of Terror, has been freaking people out for years. Located on the Renaissance Festival grounds, the trail is more of a neighborhood of freak-outs—hayrides, dungeons, bonfires, carnival rides and games, and even a dance floor where you can bust a creepy move (they also offer a low-scare kid-friendly version during certain hours). Similar in theme, the Haunting Experience promises a "motion simulated ride to the grave in a wooden casket"; those looking to experience life (and all its fears) can also check out the haunted house and hayride, compete in costume contests, and dance it off with Mr. Freaky DJ. Perhaps the most ambitious and intriguing event for grownups this year is the Haunted House at the Soap Factory. For those feeling ho-hum about that guy coming at you with a chainsaw, this promises to be a unique experience. Participants will be sent into the genuinely creepy, 120-year-old, undeveloped basement with only a lantern. You have to be at least 18 for this haunted house, and are only given the green light to tremble in the dark after signing a legal waiver—and if legal paperwork doesn't scare you I don't know what will.
Oct. 20-31, 7:30-10:30 p.m., 2007