A pumpkin shortage is reported due to weather conditions during the growing season.

Fun for everyone was featured Saturday night in downtown Houston as merchants and organizations sponsored Halloween events.

Among the attractions: treats, the Houston Optimist Club’s haunted house and a pet costume contest sponsored by The Animal Shelter of Texas County.

Earlier: Ghosts and goblins will flock to downtown Houston on Saturday for several activities.

Here is a schedule:

—Downtown merchants hold activities from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

—”Trail of Terror,” a haunted house project at 119 Pine St., is open beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $1.

—A Halloween contest for pets begins at 7 p.m. Saturday. Prizes will be awarded for most creative, the cutest and best overall.

—Some area churches also have activities planned.

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