Thrills & Chills for Halloween fun
Fall Family Fun at Badlands
Take a hayride to pick-your-own pumpkin patch, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 and includes one pumpkin. Try the apple sling shot and see the high-flying pumpkin catapult, pumpkin-eating pigs and other activities. Oct 18-19 is a craft sale. Oct. 25-26, wear your costume and take $1 off admission. Sunday, Oct. 26, at 4 p.m. bring food/paper item or donation for Grace Place and enter the Great Pumpkin Roll-off. Nightime spooky trail offers hay ride to spooky farmhouse, walk the spooky trail through house, graveyard, haunted barn, bonfire. $10 admission. www.badlands-snopark.com.
Haunted House at Casanova Caves
Derek O'Keefe, whose family had an extensive display in its yard on Ninth and Pitt streets for many years, is working with a friend to stage a haunted house in the Casanova Caves, located on Coulee Road near The Nova.
The haunted house will run from 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, and Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31. It may not be appropriate for children in elementary school and younger. Admission is $3, $2 with a canned food item. Part of the proceeds will go the breast cancer 3 day walk.
The 55th annual Hudson Rotary Halloween parade is scheduled Friday, Oct. 31, at Newton Field, located on the north side of E.P. Rock School, 340 13th St. S. Sign-ups begin at 4 p.m. with the parade scheduled at 4:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded, and all children will receive a bag of treats. The rain location is the school gym.
Harkorville's Haunted Trail
Harkorville's Haunted Trail, 817 Badlands Road (third driveway past Kinney Road), is scheduled Oct. 24 and 25, 8 p.m.-midnight; Oct. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; and Nov. 1, 8 p.m.-midnight. Come prepared to be scared during a walk through the haunted woods - for adults and children over 10. Less scary option available for kids. Cost is $8/$7 with food shelf donation. www.myspace.com/badlandshauntedtrail.
Trick or trunk
First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St., is sponsoring a Halloween trick or trunk Saturday, Oct. 25, 2-4 p.m., for members of Bridge for Youth with Disabilities, the congregation and the community. Participants are invited to decorate the open trunk or truck bed of a car, van etc. and provide treats for youth, who will "trick or trunk" around the church parking lot. Prizes will be awarded for best-decorated trunks. To sign up your trunk, call Karen at (715) 386-2851.
Reverse trick or treating
Max Malanaphy had such a good response to his "reverse trick or treat" plan at the family home last year that he has decided on a repeat performance this year and urges others to get involved as well. All it takes is some Halloween spirit and any non-perishable item for the food shelf.
Malanaphy, a Hudson High School senior, goes all out decorating his yard at 1331 Third St. in hopes of drawing lots of visitors who hopefully bring a donation to the food shelf with them. This year he is going one step further and hopes other scary houses will do the same.
Participating homes put out collection boxes and people would "vote" for the best decorated house by putting an item in the box. The winner of the challenge will be the one that collected the most canned goods. Voting often is encouraged. The Malanaphy family will collect the donations and deliver them to the Hudson food shelf. To participate, contact Malanaphy at (715) 377-9940. Look for a list of participating homes in the Oct. 30 Star-Observer.
Pumpkins and gourds of all sizes, shapes and colors, and Indian and broom corn will be on display when local farmer Gordy Mueller, 481 Hwy. 65, about 6 1/2 miles north of River Falls, hosts a pumpkin/Halloween tour, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26. The public is invited. Cookies will be served and items will be available for purchase. For more information, call (715) 425-6132.