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New Halloween Fest Starts Oct. 13

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CarnEVIL at Merriweather Park, a Halloween festival to be held in downtown Columbia, will begin this month — for those who want to know the real story of amusement park owner Archibald Evil, who is said to have died on the site 100 years ago.
CarnEVIL will be held at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, and is being produced by the nonprofit Disaster Preparedness DC. It will be open during 15 select nights between Oct. 13 and Nov. 5, and will come alive with horrifying mutant sideshow freaks, demented clowns and escaped circus animals ­ all in the name of raising money for first responders and disaster preparedness.
Experience the haunted woods (non-disclosure agreements about the haunt’s finale will need to be signed, in blood) and a full-scale, 18-acre Halloween festival, complete with a menacing midway, fair food, cocktails, “mocktails,” musical entertainment and circus performers.
Parking will be available at Merriweather Lot 1 (with handicapped parking available at the nearby box office lot), directly across from 10500 Little Patuxent Parkway, and is accessible by Merriweather Drive. For more information, visit www.carnevilfestival.com, Facebook @CarnEVILFestival and Twitter @CarnEVILHoCo.