Ghosts, goblins and other creatures will go bump in the night at Johnstown's Haunted Trail and Fall Festival, Licking County's Drive Thru Haunted Park and Pataskala's Haunted Forest.

Ghosts, goblins and other creatures will go bump in the night at Johnstown's Haunted Trail and Fall Festival, Licking County's Drive Thru Haunted Park and Pataskala's Haunted Forest.

To kick off the scary fun, the Pataskala Lions Club will open its Haunted Forest for the 20th season beginning this weekend.

"The Murdocks have decided to entice more victims to their woods this year by bringing a party-like atmosphere with live music nightly," said the group's Web site.

Duane Ashbrook, a Lions Club member, said the live music will entertain guests while they wait in line for their trip into the forest.

"Most of our scenes are changing this year," he said. "We've got three that will be completely new and one we'll add to, but it will be rather similar."

He said the haunt aims for a PG13 rating.

Between 40 and 60 creatures will meander through the Haunted Forest beginning at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in October at 8838 Refugee Road SW.

Tickets cost $10. Parking is $1. Proceeds of the Haunted Forest go to support the Pataskala Lions, Southwest Licking football and cheerleaders.

Licking County 4-H youth will benefit from guests who visit the "Haunted Trail and Fall Festival" from 8 to 10 p.m. on Fridays. Oct. 16 and 23 at NatAlex Stables, 13461 Jug St. in Johnstown.

Johnstown's Mystic Manes 4-H Club will host its sixth annual festival, where guests will be taken by wagon to the Haunted Trail. An escort will walk visitors along the path, where creatures will stage various scenes.

"This year we have a person who will be decapitated," said Laura Tyler, club adviser. "We'll do the electric chair again. That was a huge hit last year. We'll also have zombies and a chainsaw massacre along the trail."

For those who don't dare to take the Haunted Trail, there will be pumpkin bowling and cowboy duck games as well as face painting.

Each year the Mystic Manes, an equine 4-H club, earns about $1,200 from the fall fundraiser that helps sponsor a fun show, purchase jackets and bring awareness to therapeutic riding.

There are 15 members of the club, including youth who attend Johnstown-Monroe, Licking Heights, Westerville North and Heath high schools. Members range in age from 9 to 17.

Cost to attend the event is $5 per person and free for children age 5 and under. In case of inclement weather, call 614-899-6772 to check on cancellation.

Stormy night or not, the Licking Park District is sponsoring its 14th annual Drive Thru Haunted Park Oct. 28-31 at Infirmary Mound Park. It will operate from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

"This year we're sticking with classic Halloween themes," said Karissa Cooper, park office manager. "We're doing a twilight theme, using an older idea of vampires. We're doing our own twist on classic Halloween."

Visitors to the Drive Thru Haunted Park will follow an escort car, traveling past six scenes and a barn.

Admission is $20 per vehicle, while Park Express members are admitted free. All proceeds of the Haunted Park go back to programs and facilities of the Licking Park District.