By Jonna Spelbring PriesterGeneral ManagerSomething spooky comes this way as the Highland Renaissance Festival grounds play host to three Halloween events, turning the Festival grounds into a haunted forest.From October 26-28, the Kentucky Renaissance Faire will host the Highland Halloween Festival, featuring a haunted forest tour, games and prizes, a jumping castle and arts and crafts provided by the Henry County Crafts Guild.The second event - an interactive murder mystery dinner - will run concurrently with the Halloween Festival. "The Spirit for Murder" will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, and will include a full course dinner served by Mikaela's Kitchen for $25, according to organizer Ludmilla Lowry. Reservations must be made for the murder mystery by calling 859-846-4530.On Halloween night, the Highland Renaissance Festival will be host to an event for kids. Eminence City Council Member Shawn Bright said he felt the event was a positive thing for the community."I think this is going to be a really good thing," he said during the council meeting.The first 200 to attend the event will get in free, Bright said, and will also receive free food. Additionally, there will be a haunted forest, bobbing for apples, face painting, cake walks, pumpkin painting and story telling. "I think it's gong to be a really big night." He added that organizers were unsure of how many children to expect.The Halloween night event is sponsored by the city of Eminence, Renaissance and the Henry County Care Team.Though admission is free, organizers are requesting that all in attendance bring at least one can of food to be donated to a local food bank, though Eminence Mayor Jim Petitt said no one will be turned away if they don't have a can of food to donate.Last week, Petitt said he hopes the events will draw more local residents to the Renaissance grounds."This is the first year we've done this, and it's for the whole county," he said, and added that not many local residents have been to the festival grounds. The event also will keep kids off of the streets, something Petitt said always is a concern on Halloween night."Sometimes they run all over, and we just don't have enough police to really watch the whole town," he said."We want the town to become a community, we want to involve people in things. Get them to know one another out there at this thing and visit. Renaissance really wants to become part of the community, and they're trying. I think it's a win-win for the city, the county and the Faire."Lowry said the Highland Renaissance Faire owners do want to involve the community."We want to give hack to the community, and this is our way of saying thank you," she said. "We would like to keep the kids off streets, and we felt this would be a good way to do that. And, it gives them something else to do."Lowry said residents from surrounding counties were welcome to attend the Halloween events. She added that anyone who wishes to donate a cake for the cake walk can call her at 859-519-6913.
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