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Kathryn Tucker Windham: Legendary storyteller
Kathryn Tucker Windham: Legendary storyteller

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Hear Kathryn Tucker Windham tell stories at festival in Athens ...

“An Evening with Kathryn Tucker Windham,” 6:30 p.m., Athens Middle School. For ages 12 and older. Tickets are $10. Call 232-5411.

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Spirit of Athens Storytelling Festival will feature some of storytelling’s biggest names, including 89-year-old legendary storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham.

The festival will be Friday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. (nighttime ghost stories at Big Spring Park from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.) and Saturday, 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. The downtown Athens event is open to people of all ages. Tickets are $20 for individual days and $30 for weekend.

Ghost storytelling on Friday night costs $5. Tickets are available locally at Pablo’s on Market Street, from the Greater Limestone County Chamber of Commerce Tourism office, or online at Visit

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... or see Kathryn's scarecrow in Huntsville

Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Scarecrow Trail offers “Hoot in the Woods” on Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. (hayrides, enchanted forest, creepy sorghum maze, ghost stories, a “Boo-ffet” of s’mores, and “Scary-oki”), plus BOO-Tanica in the Children’s Garden on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (costume contest at 10 a.m., followed by caldron grab, jack-o’-lantern jump and other games). Regular garden admission ($10 for adults, $7 for children under age 18) for the Scarecrow Trail, which continues through Oct. 31, and varying fees for other events. Call 830-4447 or check

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Theater to sink your teeth into

“Dracula” play will be at Athens State University at McCandless Hall. The school’s drama department will perform a dramatic interpretation of the classic tale of the Transylvania count, loosely based on the Bram Stoker novel. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but if you arrive early, you can hear ghost stories starting at 7. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and $5 per person for groups of six or more. Buy tickets at the door or call 216-3319 or e-mail for advance tickets.

More info: Check Friday’s paper for details.

A 'Hoot' and a holler Saturday in Decatur

Halloween Hoot brings music, games, contests and much more spooky fun to downtown Decatur on Saturday. Second Avenue Southeast will be closed from Gordon Drive to Moulton Street to make room for art and crafts booths, entertainment stages, a moon walk and inflatable slide for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Screaming and costume contests, “trunk-or-treating,” sidewalk chalk art contest and other children’s activities are planned, along with bingo and two performances of the play “I’m Sorry the Bridge Is Out, You’ll Have to Spend the Night” (See D1). The Hoot will also include a Battle of the Bands, with the winner playing at The Brick on New Year’s Eve, plus a variety of singers and musicians. Call 580-8100 or 318-2892, or e-mail

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Costumed canines

Halloween goes to the dogs with a pet costume contest at Walk Your Paws on Saturday at Wilson Morgan Park. This year’s fundraiser for Animal Friends Humane Society is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities also include a pet (and human) march, pet/owner look-a-like contest and a kissing booth.

More info: Check Friday’s paper for details or visit

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