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Halloween events promise a screamin’ good time

In case the piles of candy, plastic pumpkins and rows of costumes haven't been enough of a hint... Surprise! Halloween is just around the corner. File art

In case the piles of candy, plastic pumpkins and rows of costumes haven’t been enough of a hint … Surprise! Halloween is just around the corner.

Since Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, events are spread across the days leading up to the ghoulish holiday. Here’s a lineup of some events around the area.

Halloween Bash

-Halloween Bash festivities at the Pioneer Grounds in Perham will start Thursday, Oct. 24, and go through Saturday night.

Thursday and Friday, explore a haunted village from 7 to 10 p.m. at the grounds. Admission will be $8.

On Saturday, the gates will open at 5 p.m. The haunted village will again be open, and there will be hay rides, a ‘scary food’ contest and a costume competition. A dance will begin at 8 p.m. and go until midnight. There are no age restrictions, but beer will be served (IDs will be checked at the bar).

Saturday’s admission will be $10 for the haunted village and hay ride, $15 to also get in to the dance.

Friday, Oct. 25

-Roll out the fun with Halloween rollerskating at the Perham Area Community Center.

From 6 to 9 p.m., have some fun skating while showing off your best moves and costume. Prizes will be awarded. Any vision-restricting masks or costumes which are a trip hazard will not be allowed on the skate floor.

Regular skating admission prices will apply.

-The Cultural Center will present Dorthy Fix and Beware the Vine at the Creamery in New York Mills at 8 p.m. Light snacks, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

Aimee Klein, of Beware the Vine, plays accordion and keys while singing. Submitted photo

Cost to attend is $5, or free to those wearing a costume.

Visit or call 218-385-3339 for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 26

-Kids aged toddler to second grade are invited to a party at the Cultural Center in New York Mills from 3 until 5 p.m. as part of a community party. Halloween-themed crafts and treats will be available. Parents are asked to attend with their children.

-Feeling lucky? For the other half of the New York Mills community party, children from third grade through senior high are invited to visit Mills Lanes and Lucky Strike Grill for a free game of bowling with free shoe rental. Each game after will be $1.

Third through sixth grade will play from 5 to 7 p.m. Seventh through 12th will have moonlight bowling from 8 to 10 p.m.  

-Try ghost hunting at Glendalough State Park, starting at 6:30 p.m. Meet at the Glendalough Trail Center to learn about conducting your own ghost hunt.

First will be a short program on the science and ethics of ghost hunting, followed by a demonstration in the historic lodge.

This event is best suited for teens and adults.

Admission is free, but a state park vehicle permit will be required (available from the self-pay station at the park entrance).

Thursday, Oct. 31 Halloween

-Crosspoint Alliance Church in Perham will host a trunk-n-treat event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. At least 30 stations are expected to participate, with hot cider and popcorn available inside the church building. Crosspoint is located at 600 8th St. NE, across from the Angel of Hope Park.