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Where to haunt this Halloween

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

It's a holiday with origins dating back 2,000 years and brings out the kid in all of us every Oct. 31. Here's a look at what's happening this Halloween weekend in Gwinnett.

Children can celebrate Halloween at the Southeastern Railway Museum during the Train or Treat Festival, where they can trick or treat in decorated train cars, participate in costume contests, hear spooky storytelling, create a special craft and take themed train rides. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and the museum is located at 3595 Peachtree Road in Duluth. Museum admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 2 to 12 with those younger than 2 admitted for free. For more information, call 770-945-0253.

The Aurora Theatre will make some magic Saturday during a Halloween magic show presented by Atlanta magician Arthur Atsma as part of the theater's Children's Playhouse series. The show will begin at 10 a.m. and tickets are $7. The Aurora is at 128 E. Pike St. in Lawrenceville. To purchase tickets, call the theater box office at 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

Children can Trek or Treat at Suwanee Creek Park beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. The park is at 170 Buford Highway and the event is free to attend. For more information, call 770-945-8996.

The Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will present "A Halloween Spooktacular," a concert featuring music from the film "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and the musical "The Phantom of the Opera," as well as instrumental selections, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center. Tickets start at $15. The Halloween-inspired event will also include a family festival offering face painting, magic tricks and more for kids of all ages. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.newschoolofmusic.com.

Guests can learn about the city of Duluth's history and hear stories of some of the spirits that remain there during walking tours or take a stroll through the city cemetery before conducting a paranormal investigation. Duluth Historical Walks will be offered at 7 p.m. followed by Paranormal Cemetery Tours at 9 p.m. today and Saturday. Both tours are 90 minutes. A portion of proceeds from the cemetery tours will benefit the preservation of the cemetery. Tickets are $13 each tour and $25 for both. For more information, call 770-403-1795.

Evil has many faces in the Aurora Theatre's current production, an adaptation of the chilling novella "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." The show is in its final weekend run and will be presented at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Aurora is located at 128 E. Pike St. in Lawrenceville. Tickets are $16 to $35. For more information, call the theater box office at 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

Sir Simon, the ghost that haunts Canterville Chase can't seem to scare the home's new residents with sounds of clanking chains, disappearing and reappearing blood stains and strange apparitions in New Dawn Theater's staging of "The Canterville Ghost." Performances will be offered at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday and tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. Audiences can enjoy a dinner buffet before the show from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday. Dinner show tickets are $25 per person. For more information, call 678-887-5015 or visit www.newdawntheatercompany.com.

Hear local lore during ghost tours that take guests through downtown Norcross. Two types of tours are offered -- a 7 p.m. tour for kids and families, followed by tours for adults and teens at 8 and 9 p.m. today through Sunday. The walking tours begin at the Norcross Welcome Center, 189 Lawrenceville St. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 14 and free for kids younger than 6. For more information, call 770-448-2122 or visit www.norcrossghost.com.

Take a stroll through downtown Lawrenceville led by a costumed storyteller who regales with tales of supernatural occurrences. Tours will be offered at 7 and 9 p.m. today and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday and begin at the Aurora Theatre, 128 E. Pike St. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for children. For more information, call 678-226-6222 or visit www.scarystroll.com.

The Southeastern Railway Museum invites Gwinnett residents to enjoy dinner and a ghost tour exploring the museum's haunted past. Event times are 5, 6:15, 7:30, 8:45 and 10 p.m. today and Saturday. Tickets are $45 per person and include wine and dinner in the historic diner car, a 90-minute hour ghost tour and coffee and dessert. Tours will take you through haunted train cars, including "The Superb," where President Harding spent his last days both alive and dead. The museum is at 3595 Peachtree Road in Duluth. For more information and to buy tickets, call 770-495-0253, ext. 2. Tours are for those 21 and older.

Try to find your way through seven acres of twists and turns through tall corn stalks at the Buford Corn Maze, day or night. Numbered stations and maps provide assistance for the directionally challenged. The maze is open from 5 to 11 p.m. today, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday and is at 4470 Bennett Road in Buford. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for children ages 4 to 12 with kids 3 and younger admitted for free. Admission includes access to the maze, a hayride and special events. For more information, call 678-835-7198 or visit www.bufordcornmaze.com.