Out in the crowd: Spooky strolls, haunted houses abound

From spooky strolls and haunted houses to trick-or-treating and pumpkin patches, Gwinnett will offer a variety of options for an eventful Halloween weekend.

Those up to braving serious scares have three haunted attractions from which to choose. Nationally known, Netherworld Haunted House is celebrating 13 years of offering the frightening and fantastic. Bloodthirsty vampires and out-of-control zombies welcome patrons to this year's haunts -- Blood Night and Zombie Rampage. The Norcross attraction (fearworld.com) will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight today and Saturday and 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday.

In its first year, Stadium of Screams offers something for the entire family, from the chilling Corridor of Horror and the Tunnel of Terror to a kid- and feint-of-heart-friendly area along the concessions area with games and entertainment. Stadium of Screams (www.stadiumofscreams.com) will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight today through Sunday.

A Suwanee attraction beckons Gwinnett residents into the woods to see what awaits them on the Trail of Terror (www.fearofshadows.com). Toned-down twilight tours will be offered from 5 to 7 p.m., when the terror tours begin today and Saturday.

For those who prefer their scares more subtle, tales of ghostly presences, eerie occurrences and unexplainable phenomena are the focus of three tours being held in Duluth, Lawrenceville and Norcross. On each walking tour, guides will regale guests with stories of suspense and the supernatural as groups canvass each city's historic downtown area.

Duluth's ghost walks (www.duluthga.net) will be offered from 7:30 to 9 p.m. today and Saturday, followed by paranormal investigations of the city cemetery.

Lawrenceville's ghost tours (www.scary strolls.com) will be offered at 7 and 9 p.m. today and Saturday. A trolley tour will depart at 8 p.m. today.

Norcross (www.norcrossghost.com) will offer its tours at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. today and Saturday.

Candy-craving kids can get their fill of trick-or-treating from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Discover Mills Mall in Lawrenceville, where participating stores will be handing out treats. Kids can trick-or-treat at Mall of Georgia from 6 to 8 p.m. for $5.

Kids can continue trick-or-treating beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at Duluth's Halloween on the Green, which is set to include hay rides, pumpkin carving, costume contests, games and even a monster egg hunt. Families can sit back and relax when Flicks on the Bricks offers a showing of "Monsters vs. Aliens."

Here's a look at even more events and activities happening this weekend:

The Singin' Bean, 195 N. Perry St. in Lawrenceville, will host a an evening of "Scary-oke" beginning at 6 p.m. Adults are invited to come in costume but leave the kids at home. Admission to the event is free. For more information, call 770-339-7464 or visit www.thesinginbean.com.

The Aurora Theatre's Children's Playhouse will present a Halloween magic show at 10 a.m. Saturday. The theater is at 128 Pike St. in Lawrenceville. For more information, call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

Everett's Music Barn will celebrate Halloween with special entertainment beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. The venue is off Stonecypher Road in Suwanee. Admission is by a suggested donation of $15. For more information, call 770-945-9098 or visit www.everett brothers.com.

Suwanee's Halloween festival, Trek or Treat, will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Town Center Park. For more information, call 770-945-8996 or visit www.suwanee.com.