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Halloween Spooktacular

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The event is set for Oct. 24

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An addition to the 2013 Spooktacular could add some cold-blooded chills to the Oct. 24 event.

Dublin's annual Halloween Spooktacular offers games, activities, tricks and treats from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24 indoors at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road, and in the north meadow of Coffman Park.

The event is free and open to all Dublin residents.

Creepy crawlers offered by the Bug Man will return this year in addition to a new offering of reptiles.

"The Turtle Lady is new this year," said Mary Jo DiSalvo, a Dublin events administrator.

"I think the Turtle Lady is going to be very popular," DiSalvo said. "There will be lots of turtles. It'll be fun.

"Then the other thing kids are fascinated with will be the Bug Man inside the (recreation) center," she said.

The event is held rain or shine, with activities taking place in and outside the recreation center.

"Outside we are going to have a mini version of the hay ride," DiSalvo said.

"We still have the hay maze and there's still great interest in trunk or treat," she said.

"Everything will be the same with fortune tellers and everything else people look forward to.

"Everyone should have a good time and wear their finest costume."

Children will have a chance to show off their costumes at trunk or treat where they can collect treats. A haunted trail also is on the lineup.

Tricks come in the form of a sensory activities inside the recreation center.

DiSalvo said children can stick their hands in boxes to feel "witch hair" and "bat wings."

"It's exciting because you don't see it, but you feel it," she said, "and we have plenty of wet wipes to clean up."

Other Spooktacular activities for children include new crafts.

"Come and be ready to create something you can make and take home with you," DiSalvo said.

For older children, the Monster Mash will serve up music and dancing.

All Dublin middle school students can get into the dance for free with a school ID. A photo booth also will be set up at the dance.

Refreshments will be offered at the community event that is expected to draw 8,000 people.

"It's always fun," DiSalvo said. "There's something simple and fun about getting dressed up and seeing costumes."

With many expected to partake of tricks and treats, parking will be available at the recreation center, Coffman Park and Dublin Coffman High School.

For more information about Dublin's Halloween celebration, look online at dublinohiousa.gov/events/Halloween-spooktacular/.

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