On Centre | Around Philipsburg: Spook-tacular Halloween weekend of scares on tap

Philipsburg is about to be invaded by things that go bump in the night.

Last weekend might have been about the little kids, but Harvest Fest and the annual Halloween parade are over, and the grown-ups are ready for some big-time boo.

The weekend festivities will get off to a two-day scare affair with the annual haunted house at Murarik’s Motorsports.

Sure, for the rest of the year it looks like a mild-mannered car dealership, but then October rolls around and the ghouls come out to play.

They are, however, ghouls with hearts of gold.

Every year, Murarik’s closes business to turn the shop into an amazing haunted house with more scares than the total horsepower of all the usual engines.

Last year, eager spookaholics lined up for the chance to get terrified for a good cause.

That’s because there isn’t a fee to get your bones chilled.

It’s just a donation, and every penny of those donations goes to help someone each year.

This year, the beneficiary is John Kennedy, who sustained traumatic injuries in a fall while fixing a chimney.

The frightful fun will be had Friday and Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.

But that’s not all.

Saturday will also feature two more fear fests, both benefiting the arts.

The Rowland Theatre will present back-to-back horror classics in its presumably phantom-free opera house.

The zombie movie that started corpses walking, “Night of the Living Dead,” will be shown at 9 p.m., followed by the ultimate cult film about dressing up for a good scare, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” at midnight.

Before that, you can just walk around downtown Philipsburg, but check in at Front and Centre Productions first to join the second annual Ghost Walk. A living-history haunted tour of the downtown, this year’s event focuses on classic monsters with a local twist.

The walk is $5 per person, with real treats served at the group’s John E. Weaver Center for the Performing Arts at 213 N. Front Street.

Three charities, three ways to make your hair stand on end, no bad choices.

There’s no turning back now.