Halloween comes to Calico Ghost Town.
Is there anything more apropos than a ghost town celebrating Halloween? Coming off the high of its eponymous annual celebration (Oct. 9-11), the Old West town of Calico -- you've probably noticed the Hollywoodesque sign off the side of the 15 on the way to Vegas -- suits up for two weekends of frightful old-fashioned fun.
Why settle for faux Hollywood horrors when you can experience the real thing in only a few hours drive? Step into the authentic old silver mine for thrills and chills from ghosts, skeletons, and the spirits of miners of yore. Undead school teachers instruct at the schoolhouse, while a recitation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" satisfies the literati. In a rather macabre attraction, "The Last Ride" lets you step into a real coffin and experience a simulated burial, complete with its being lowered to its final resting place. Definitely not for the faint of heart -- or claustrophobes.
Admission is far more family friendly than you'll find at the area theme parks, who are all too happy to make a buck on any holiday, and camping is even available the second weekend ofthe