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The Merabella family from Oakdale, Minn., visits the pumpkin patch at the Hilltop Party to pick out potential jack o' lanterns for sons Michael (in the policeman costume) and Joseph (back to camera). Ann Merabella takes a photo of the boys and their father, Mike. "It's a very good one," she said of the pre-Halloween party. "Very family friendly." (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Randy Hanson)
The Merabella family from Oakdale, Minn., visits the pumpkin patch at the Hilltop Party to pick out potential jack o' lanterns for sons Michael (in the policeman costume) and Joseph (back to camera). Ann Merabella takes a photo of the boys and their father, Mike. "It's a very good one," she said of the pre-Halloween party. "Very family friendly." (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Randy Hanson)
Hilltop businesses sponsor annual Pumpkin Party
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life River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Children and parents enjoyed a warm-up to Halloween on Saturday at the annual Hilltop Pumpkin Party held at YMCA Camp St. Croix’s Day Camp.

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The activities included a costume parade, children and pet costume contests, pony rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, pumpkin painting and a voyageur rendezvous.

The Hudson Fire Department had an engine on display and St. Croix EMS provided an ambulance to look at. The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department gave a police dog demonstration.

The youngsters were able to select and take home a pumpkin to carve. Several local businesses gave away treats.

The event sponsors were:

Platinum – YMCA Camp St. Croix;

Gold – Minuteman Press and Wendy Peterson’s State Farm agency;

Horse and Wagons – First American Bank, Luther Hudson Chevrolet and Westconsin Credit Union;

Silver – Central Bank, Hudson Optical, Associated Bank, La Petite Dentistry, Little Minds Learning Center, Sam’s Club, Freedom Value Centers and Thrivent Financial for Lutheran;

Bronze – McNamee Real Estate Team, Massage Envy, Integrity Family Chiropractic, Green Mill, Hudson Hot Air Affair and St. Croix Valley Veterinary Clinic.

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