Gear up for ghouls and goblins

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Iowa State's Halloween festivities include thrills and chills at "Haunted Iowa State" and more family-friendly entertainment at Reiman Gardens' "Spirits in the Gardens." Contributed photo.

It’s Halloween at Iowa State, so beware of spooks, spirits and things that go bump in the night. If thrills and chills are what you crave, check out these campus events.

Haunted Iowa State

University Museums' annual moonlit walk around campus, "Haunted Iowa State," is set for Oct. 24. Brave souls who wish to attend the tour should meet at the campanile promptly at 7 p.m. to receive maps and instructions. Bring flashlights and wear appropriate attire for the weather. The walk concludes at 9:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The self-guided tour will take visitors to familiar campus haunts, including the Farm House Museum, Memorial Union, campanile and other locations with haunted and historic reputations. Commemorative "Haunted Iowa State" T-shirts ($5) will be available at the Farm House during the tour. T-shirts also may be purchased at the Christian Petersen Art Museum, 1017 Morrill, through the end of October.

If behind-the-scenes is more your style, volunteers still are needed for the tour. If you’re interested in helping, contact Natalie Wadle.

Spirits in the Gardens

For additional Halloween fun, dress the kids in their costumes and visit Reiman Gardens' "Spirits in the Gardens," Oct. 20-21 from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is free for children, ISU students and members. Regular adult admission prices apply ($8).

The animals and insects haunting the gardens this Halloween will be showcased in various craft and activity stations. Kids also will have an opportunity to visit the ISU Insect Zoo, go trick-or-treating and play Halloween-themed games. And this may be one of the last times to enjoy the LEGO brick sculptures before the show is dismantled Oct. 28.

If case of bad weather, all events will be moved indoors.