Feel the Halloween spirit all month long!

Students from the pre-kindergarten class at the Stepping Stones Pre-School, including, from left, Sarah Burns, Raelyn Henson and Charlotte Shea, learn about pumpkins while visiting the pumpkin patch at Trinity United Methodist Church in Gainesville in October 2011.

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Published: Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 at 7:24 p.m.

Imagine this: You and your friends are walking in complete darkness, a cool breeze grazes your clothing, and an overwhelming sense of impending danger descends.

Welcome to the sights and sounds of a Halloween maze.

Once the site of a booming sawmill town, Eerie Acres in Chiefland, which opened for the season last week, is now "haunted" by several characters, including the possessed sheriff, the daughter who was committed to a mental institution, and the disfigured family.

It is one of several attractions in North Central Florida providing some spooky atmosphere this month in advance of Halloween. The haunted trail opens at dark, and is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

Haunted houses, trails and corn mazes are an integral part of celebrating Halloween.

Expect costumes to reflect the popular Marvel Comics-inspired movies, "The Avengers," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "The Dark Knight Rises."

Employees at costumes shops, including A Simply Unforgettable Party Shop in Ocala and Flashbacks Recycled Fashions in Gainesville, said superhero costumes and masks are in big demand.

Here's a list of some of the area's attractions:

Corn mazes

Newberry's Cornfield Maze

What: Corn maze, haunted house, hay rides, mechanical bull

Where: Hodge Farms, 20015 W. Newberry Road, Newberry

When: 3-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2-5 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 3

Tickets: Adults $9, children 10 and under $7; hay rides $5

Information: www.newberrycornfieldmaze.com

Brown's Country Market Corn Maze

What: Corn maze, jumping pillows, corn cannon. Corn maze will be haunted on select nights.

Where: 133992 N. U.S. 301, Oxford

When: 2-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 11

Price: $10 ages 17 and up, $5 ages 4 to 16, free for ages 3 and under

Information: 352-303-1550

Coon Hollo Corn Maze

What: Corn maze, hay rides, farmyard obstacle course

Where: 22480 N. U.S. 441

When: 4-9 p.m. Fridays, noon-9 p.m. Saturdays, and 2-9 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 4

Tickets: Adults $9, seniors 65 and up $8, children 4-10 $7, children under 3 free, military, law enforcement, firefighters with ID $6

Information: www.coonhollocornmaze.com

Rogers Farm Fall Festival

What: Spooky trail, corn maze, petting zoo, hay ride, vortex tunnel. The spooky trail and the corn maze are "haunted" after 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Where: 3831 NW 156th Ave., Gainesville

When: 5 p.m.-midnight Fridays, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturdays and 1-7 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28

Tickets: $8 for games (including maze) or $12 for everything; children 3 and under free

Information: www.rogers-farm.com

Pumpkin patches

The Pickin' Patch

What: Pumpkin patch, kiddie corn maze, hay rides, hay forts

Where: 11110 Rolling Hills Road, Dunnellon

When: 3-7 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and noon-7 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28

Tickets: General admission $2; children 3 and under free

Information: www.dunnellonpumpkinpatch.com

Alachua Pumpkin Patch Sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Alachua

What: Pumpkin patch

Where: 14805 NW 140 St., Alachua

When: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon-8 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31

Information: www.alachuafirstunitedmethodist.org

Trinity United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch

What: Pumpkin patch

Where: 4000 NW 53rd Ave., Gainesville

When: Through Oct. 30

Information: www.trinitygnv.org

Pumpkin Patch of Greathouse Butterfly Farm

What: Pumpkin patch, hayrides, pumpkin toss

Where: 20329 State Road 26, East Earleton

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays through Thanksgiving. Hay rides are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and noon-2 p.m. Sundays.

Information: www.butterflyfarm.com

Costume stores

Spirit Halloween

Where: 2400 SW College Road, Ocala

Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. week of Halloween

Information: 352-299-3906

Persona Vintage Clothing and Costumes

Where: 201 SE Second Place, Gainesville

Hours: Noon-5 p.m. Mondays, noon-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, noon-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays

Information: 352-372-0455

Flashbacks Recycled Fashions

What: Costume shop and consignment/vintage clothing

Where: 509 NW 10th Ave., Gainesville

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays

Information: 352-375-3752

Ocala Civic Theatre Costume Department

What: Ocala Civic Theatre's costume department rents costumes used in its shows.

Where: 4337 East Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala

Price: $30 per costume rental

Information: 352-236-2274, ext. 110

A Simply Unforgettable Party Shop

Where: 3601 East Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala; 3500 SW College Road, Ocala

Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays


Haunted Broward at the University of Florida

What: Largest haunted house on campus

Where: Basement of Broward Hall, University of Florida

When: 8 p.m.-midnight Oct. 25

Information: www.facebook.com/HauntedBroward

Eerie Acres Haunted Attraction

What: Haunted trail, corn maze, hayrides, kids zone

Where: 14372 NW 50th Ave., Chiefland

When: 4-11 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28

Tickets: $15 for the haunted trail, $7 for maze, $3 for hayride, $5 kidzone, $20 for combo, $10 for kids combo

Information: www.eerieacres.com

Ninth Annual Phantoms in the Forest

What: A spooky storytelling experience, sponsored by The Friends of Silver River State Park Inc.

Where: Silver River State Park, 1425 NE 58th Ave., Ocala

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 27

Tickets: Park admission is free during the event.

Information: 352-236-7148

Keystone Heights Jaycees Haunted Trail

Where: Keystone Heights Airpark, just off of State Road 100, Clay

When: 7:30-11:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Tickets: $10 per person; bring a canned good and receive $1 off of admission

Information: www.facebook.com/KHJaycees

Silver Springs Fright Nights featuring the Ocala Jaycees Haunted House

What: 40th annual Jaycees Haunted House, Spirit of the Swamp Cemetery, Creatures of Carnage Show

Where: 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs

When: Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27

Tickets: $13 for adults and children

Information: www.silversprings.com/frightnights

Ocala Ghostwalks and Historical Tours

What: Ghost tours of Ocala, starting at the Seven Sisters Inn and walking through Downtown Ocala

Where: Seven Sisters Inn, 828 E. Fort King St., Ocala

When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

Price: $15 per person, children 6 years of age and under free

Information: www.ocalaghostwalks.com and 352-690-7933

Florida Annual Bat Festival

What: Eighth Annual Florida Bat Festival, featuring the largest collection of fruit bats in the world, including bat-themed arts and crafts, educational presentations and vendors.

Where: Lubee Bat Conservancy, 1309 NW 192 Ave. Gainesville

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27

Tickets: Admission is free, donations are encouraged

Information: www.batconservancy.org

Theme parks

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando

When: Select nights through Oct. 31

Information: www.halloweenhorrornights.com

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular

When: Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 19-21, 26-28

Information: www.seaworldparks.com

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park

When: Select nights through Nov. 2

Information: www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

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