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Posted: Friday, October 30, 2009 12:00 am

COLUMBIA BASIN — Families can chose activities ranging from corn mazes to downtown trick-or-treating, as organizations throughout the Columbia Basin host Halloween events.

MOSES LAKE

• AutoZone — The1320 Performance car club is giving free candy to trick-or-treaters from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

• Downtown Moses Lake — The Moses Lake Business Association is hosting LakeTown Landing Trick-or-Treat. The event is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. along Third Avenue and Sinkiuse Square.

Merchants from local businesses are open late to hand-out candy to kids.

For more information, call 509-765-7888.

• Grant County Fairgrounds — Nightscare Production is hosting a 15-room haunted house at the Grant County Fairgrounds. The event is at 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for children’s hour. The adult version opens at 8 p.m. The cost of admission is $5 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under.

Grant County Fairgrounds is located at 3953 Airway Drive N.E., in Moses Lake.

For more information, call 509-509-771-2479.

• Moses Lake High School — The Moses Lake High School Key Club and Associated Student Body organized a trick-or-treating event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Students are giving away candy throughout the halls in the high school. The event is open to children ages 12 and younger.

A canned food drive to benefit UNICEF is offered at the same time.

The high school is located at 803 E. Sharon Ave.

For more information, call 509-766-2666.

• Perkins Family Restaurant — The Red Hat Society of Moses Lake is having a Halloween party at Perkins Family Restaurant at 10 a.m. Participants are urged to wear a costume or pajamas.

• Samaritan Healthcare — The hospital is offering free X-rays of Halloween candy on Halloween night, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the hospital lobby. A staff member from the radiology department is conducting the X-rays.

Community Relations Coordinator Connie Opheikens said about 75 children had candy X-rayed last year.

The hospital is located at 801 E. Wheeler Road.

For more information, call 509-793-9645.

EPHRATA

The Ephrata Chamber of Commerce is hosting an annual downtown trick-or-treat Friday, Oct. 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

At least 20 local businesses are handing out candy to children. Everyone is welcome to participate.

For more information, call executive director Tia Tracy at 509-754-4656.

QUINCY

• Downtown Quincy — Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting a downtown trick-or-treat Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The 32 local businesses participating will be displaying an orange paper pumpkin in their window.

Residents are required to dress in costume in order to participate.

For more information, call 509-787-2140.

• State Route 281 — A corn maze is open from noon to 6 p.m. through Halloween. Night hours can be arranged for groups to fit their needs.

There is a picnic area and water, soda and snacks available on site.

Admission is $5 per person and free for children under five. Groups of 10 or more pay $4 per person.

The maze is located two miles south of Quincy on SR 281.

For more information, call Carrie Durfee at 509-750-6937.

OTHELLO

The Othello Rodeo Association is offering a straw maze Friday night and Halloween night. The maze is haunted from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Halloween night, with a non-haunted version from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost of admission is $5 per person. Friday the maze is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Attendees get $1 off their ticket price if they bring canned food to be donated to the Othello Food Bank.

The maze is located at 821 S. Reynolds Road.

For more information, call 509-488-2683.

MATTAWA

There is a 100-acre all-terrain vehicle corn maze shaped to form the map of the United States near Mattawa.

Special hours for the Halloween week are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and noon to midnight Friday and Saturday.

The maze is haunted Halloween night, complete with special effects and scares.

To reach the maze from  Interstate 90, take exit 137 to state Route 26 (south of Vantage Bridge). After one mile, turn right onto state Route 243. Proceed one mile to get to the maze entrance.

The maze is open until January, weather permitting.

For more information, call 509-760-3789 or visit www.atvcornmaze.com.

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