Fall Family Fun at Badlands
Take hayride to pick-your-own pumpkin patch, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., admission $6 with one pumpkin. Also, apple slingshot, high-flying pumpkin catapult, farm animals, other activities. $1 off admission Oct. 25-26 if you wear costume. Sunday, Oct. 26, 4 p.m., bring food/paper item or donation for Grace Place and enter Great Pumpkin Roll-off.
Nightime spooky trail offers hay ride to walking trail through spooky house, graveyard, haunted barn, bonfire. Friday, Oct. 24; Saturday, Oct. 25; Friday, Oct. 31, 7-10 p.m., $10. www.badlands-snopark.com.
Haunted House at Casanova Caves
5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, and Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31 — not appropriate for elementary children and younger. Admission $3, $2 with canned food item. Part of proceeds go to breast cancer 3-day walk.
55th annual Hudson Rotary Halloween parade, Friday, Oct. 31, at Newton Field, north side of E.P. Rock School, 340 13th St. S. Sign-ups begin at 4 p.m., parade at 4:30. Prizes will be awarded, all children receive treat bags, rain location in school gym.
Plaza 94 annual Halloween Party
Fifth annual, Saturday, Oct. 25. Angel’s pet costume contest, exotic petting zoo, chainsaw art demonstration and sale, drawings, prizes and treats from Plaza 94 merchants and other businesses.
CCH trick or treat
Christian Community Home and Pine Ridge Assisted Living, 1320 Wisconsin St., invites area children (babies to age 10) to trick or treat from 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 — look for the entrance with the large, inflatable pumpkins. For more information, call Brenda Magadanz at (715) 381-4205.
Halloween Hoopla at the YMCA
The St. Croix Valley YMCA is holding a family Halloween event from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. Activities include a haunted house, “fortune teller,” Halloween stories, crafts, a bounce house and a trick or trade parade.
Trick or trunk with Bridge
2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St., for members of Bridge for Youth with Disabilities, the congregation and the community. Participants decorate 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 for best-decorated trunks. To sign up your trunk, call Karen at (715) 386-2851.
Reverse trick or treating
At the Malanaphy home, 1331 Third St. Visitors bring a food shelf donation. HHS senior Max Malanaphy hopes other scary houses will participate too by putting out collection boxes; people “vote” for the best decorated house by putting an item in the box — winner collects 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.
Harkorville’s Haunted Trail
817 Badlands Road (third driveway past Kinney Road), Oct. 24 and 25, 8 p.m.-midnight; Oct. 31, 9 p.m.–1 a.m.; Nov. 1, 8 p.m.-midnight. Walk through haunted woods – for adults and children over 10. Less scary option available for kids. $8/$7 with food shelf donation. www.myspace.com/badlandshauntedtrail.
Scary story contest
Sweet Butter Cakery, 1920 Crest View Drive (behind the Holiday station), has extended the deadline for its third annual Scary Story Contest to Thursday, Oct. 23. Winners will be published in the Star-Observer and also receive a cakery gift certificate – pick up entry forms at the shop. Call (715) 531-1555 with questions.
Pumpkin/Halloween tour, rain or shine at Gordy Mueller farm, 481 Hwy. 65, about 6 1/2 miles north of River Falls 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26. Cookies served, items available for purchase; (715) 425-6132.
Halloween Bash at state park
Willow River State Park, 1034 County A, is holding a bash from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Cost is $2 per person and includes a nature hike, games, story telling and a camp fire. Park admission rules apply to all vehicles entering the park. For more information, call (715) 386-9340 or (715) 386-5931.