So if you or your busy family is going to have a ghost of a chance at Halloween fun, you might want to take a quick glance at some upcoming events and decide how you might like to feel like a cool ghoul this month.

Whatever you choose, here’s hoping these options can, as the soon-to-visit Graveyard Stompers band likes to say, put a smile on your face and a chill in your spine.

Little Chefs — Ghost & Goblin Goodies: 1 to 2:15 p.m. Oct. 11, Donner Center, 739 22nd St., Columbus. Participants will make a variety of Halloween goodies. For ages 5 to 8. Cost: $16 per child. Class size is limited. To register, stop by Donner Center, call 812-376-2680 or visit columbusparksand Registration deadline is today.

Trick or Treat Tales: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13, Donner Center, 739 22nd St., Columbus. An evening of not-so-scary Halloween tales and stories. Crafts, games and snacks will be included. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $1 per person. No pre-registration required.

Graveyard Stompers concert: Featuring seasonal tunes from “Monster Mash” to “Witching Hour,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21, Harlequin Theatre inside FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. in Columbus. Cash bar available. Tickets: $15 in advance at the mall office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at Viewpoint Books, 548 Washington St., Columbus. Tickets at the door: $20. Student tickets: $10. Information and reservations: 812-343-4597.

The Haunting: Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 28, Shireman Homestead, 7060 W. County Road 200N, Columbus. Main scare times — not suitable for young children — are 8 to 11 p.m. and tickets are $12 each. Child-friendly hours are 5 to 6 p.m. and tickets are $5 each. Information:

Night of a Thousand Jacks: 3 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28, FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. in Columbus. Games, candy, costume contest, entertainment, pumpkin creations.

Skate and Scare: 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28, Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Participants can enjoy a haunted maze on the small ice, public skating on the large ice and candy. Cost is $7 and includes skate rental. Information: 812-376-2686.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.