Locust Grove begins Halloween festivities this weekend

Locust Grove Mayor Lorene Lindsey, City Councilman Otis Hammock, and an unopposed candidate for mayor, Robert Price, are among the volunteers working to make the 10th annual "Haunting ... in the Grove," a success.

They are helping with one of the ghoulish offerings –– a haunted house.

"We have been working on the haunted house for about a month," said Locust Grove Police Sgt. Alvin Bearden.

Forty volunteers will be assisting each night, with Bearden, who has worked with the haunted house event for a decade. Many other city employees have also stepped up to volunteer.

The haunted house will be open Friday, and Saturday, as well as Oct. 28, and Oct. 31. Admission is $10.

The 9,000-square-foot building used for the haunted house was donated by the SIMS Superior Seating Company.

"We've done it for years outside, fighting the wind, rain and cold," said Bearden. "This is the first year we have had a haunted house inside."

"This particular warehouse [in the haunted house storyline] was the scene of an industrial accident earlier this year; many of the employees where killed in the incident, and it seems that they have come back to life."

Volunteers are going to simulate the accident scene, to create a frightful night.

"Just in case someone is overcome with fear, there will be first responders and police at the accident scene, for the faint of heart, to keep the Zombies at bay," said Bearden.

This year's event starts at dusk, Friday, with "Movies on the lawn," at Locust Grove City Hall.

Bearden said attendees will also be able to enjoy a tour of older buildings, during a hayride.

"The hayride will culminate at the haunted warehouse, with a walk-through tour," he said. "They will take a hayride beginning at City Hall, and go through the city's cemetery, through downtown, to the warehouse," he added. "If they make it out, they will be picked up at the warehouse and returned to City Hall."

Members of the Locust Grove Day Committee, and the United States Naval Sea Cadets 1124 Construction Battalion, out of McDonough, helped put the event together.

There will be no public parking permitted near the warehouse, officials said.