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Lots of scary fun afoot

Three film students reportedly vanished in a Maryland forest while filming a documentary about the Blair Witch legend. Now, a group of art students in Mississippi are bringing that legend to life for Halloween.

Construction is underway at Cooper Hall on the campus of Mississippi School of the Arts to turn the building into the annual ArtOberfest Haunted House. This year it’s called “Cooper’s House of Horrors” and features scenes from popular horror movies like “Blair Witch Project” and “The Ring.”

The haunted house is open Oct. 30-31 from 7-10 p.m. and Nov. 1 from 7-11 p.m. Admission is $5 and tickets are available for purchase in Lampton Hall on the three nights. Guests will be escorted to the haunted house.

The scares are recommended for age 10 and older.

For additional information, call 601-823-1300.

The House of Horrors isn’t the only Halloween haunt planned this month.

Silent Oak Cemetery is open nightly through Oct. 31 at Brian King’s house at 4179 Anderson Road in Wesson. King adds to his walk-through cemetery each year and opens it to the public from 7 to 10 p.m. unless it rains.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

The Fear, a haunted house sponsored by the Wesson Chamber of Commerce, is open 7 p.m. to midnight today, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1-2 at the old Sunflower building at 2134 Hwy. 51 in Wesson.

Admission is $10 and concessions are available for purchase. Tents are set up for those in line in case it rains.

For more information, call 601-643-5000.

The Rock Academy will feature several students for a “spooktacular concert and party” Saturday from 7-10 p.m. at The Haven at 126 W. Cherokee St.

The musicians, ranging in age from 8 to 18, will play songs from Bob Seger, Queen, Black Sabbath, Stevie Wonder and Metallica.

Costumes are encouraged and there will be candy and snacks. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and older.

The event features students John Legget, Jace Brandon, Braxton Shamis, Lucas Morgan, Gavin Morgan, Rhaylen Morgan, Andrew Merrell, Jake Whatley, Ryan Combs, Brant Jasper, Landon Brinson, Wyatt Roberts, Benton Legg, Wyatt Morrison and Caleb Hux.

Troop M of the Mississippi Highway Patrol is hosting a trunk-or-treat Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Drivers License Bureau and substation at 160 Hwy. 84 East.

Troopers will be assisted by deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Brookhaven Police Department.

The Mississippi School of the Arts Residential Life Department will host a free Trunk-or-Treat event for children age 12 and younger Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. in Student Life Center parking lot. The campus is located at 355 West Monticello St. In addition to Trunk-or-Treat from decorated cars, there will be a treat walk, fishing games, ring toss, corn hole, face painting and characters to meet. A fall backdrop will be available for photographs so bring a camera.

This is a free, school-wide community service project hosted by MSA students.

Trick-or-trick on South Jackson Street will be 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 31. Though not an organized event, the area has become such a popular spot for families to bring their children for Halloween that BPD is closing certain streets to traffic for the event.

South Jackson Street will be closed at Natchez Avenue and Chickasaw Street. West Minnesota Street will be closed from McCormick Court to South Church Street and West Chippewa Street will be closed from South Railroad Avenue to South Church Street.

Parking will be available at Brookhaven Elementary School, the lot at Chickasaw and Jackson, the downtown parking lots, and legal parking along area streets.

Residents in the area will be given access to drive cautiously to their homes, Police Chief Kenneth Collins said.

The Brookhaven Exchange Club is opening Exchange Club Park Halloween night from 6-9 p.m. for trunk-or-treat. The club is looking for businesses, organizations, churches and individuals who want to participate at no charge. To reserve a spot, call Bill Haag at 601-754-0861 or Jeremy Brown 601-757-3338.

Rides will be open that night as well. Armbands for unlimited rides are $5.