‘Tis the season of goblins, ghosts and ghouls, and there is no shortage of ways to experience Halloween in this area.
Here are a few ideas, as well as the Trick or Treat dates and times in area communities:
• In Iola and Scandinavia, the Trick or Treat hours are 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.
• Children and families are also invited to the Scandinavia Public Library before trick or treating.
From 1-2 p.m., the library will have a variety of Halloween-themed games, stories and snacks. Children who come in costume may have their picture taken for the Library’s Facebook page.
• In Fremont and Weyauwega, the Trick or Treat hours are 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.
• Weyauwega will also have Boofest during the community’s Trick or Treat hours. Business owners and residents will hand out candy on Main Street, between Pine and Mill streets. Sponsored by the Weyauwega Hometown Program, this marks the third year Boofest is being held. For more information, call the Coffee Klatsch at 920-867-2980.
• Waupaca’s Trick or Treat hours are 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
• Before Trick or Treat begins in Waupaca, the second annual Halloween Bash will be held at the Waupaca Recreation Center.
This free, intergenerational event is for all people of all ages – from tots to senior citizens.
Put on by Waupaca’s Park and Recreation Department staff, the Halloween Bash will be held from 3-5 p.m., with activities taking place in the Augie Austin Gym, new gym, lobby and exercise room.
Activities will include Dizzy D Clown, bowling, face painting, Pin the Eyes on the Monster, Halloween Plinko, Halloween Bingo, a craft table, a mini haunted house, the “Grease Lightning” dance at 4 p.m. and a Halloween photo opportunity.
There will be sandwiches, popcorn, cookies, candy, punch and prizes.
• The Waupaca High School Drama Department will also host an event on Oct. 31.
There will be a haunted trail at the school’s frisbee golf course, located on the school grounds, off of King Road.
The haunted trail will be open to the public from 7-9 p.m., with the cost being $3 per person.
• Visit the Miller Pumpkin Display now through Halloween. Jim Miller has been carving pumpkins for close to 20 years and displaying them at his family’s home for more than 10 years.
This year, the display began on Oct. 19, and more pumpkins will be added each night, up until Halloween. In all, more than 75 pumpkins will be on display.
The lights go on at dusk and are on until 10:30 p.m. on week days. On the weekend, the lights are on until midnight.
The display is located at E688 Golke Road in rural Waupaca.
From Waupaca, take State Highway 54 west about five miles and turn left on County Trunk Q (by the Farmington Town Hall). Drive about one mile and turn right on Golke Road. The display of pumpkins is about a mile down the road.
People are reminded to drive slowly, as there are many people parking their vehicles and walking to check out the display.
The Millers are again accepting donations of canned goods for the Waupaca Area Food Pantry.
• Haunted Hollow is another annual tradition in the area. It opened in mid October and runs until Nov. 2.
From Waupaca, take State Highway 22/54 east about three miles and turn north on Maple Grove Road.
Haunted Hollow is open from dusk until about 10 p.m. during the week and later on the weekend.
The yard is full of Halloween settings and sounds, and people of all ages are invited.
People view everything from inside their vehicles, and those who do not want to be scared just have to put on their flashers.
At Haunted Hollow, non-perishable food donations are also being accepted for the Waupaca Area Food Pantry.
• Also taking place is “The Haunted Trails: A Full Immersion Zombie Apocalypse.”
Presented by the Weyauwega-Fremont Drama Club, the event is being held from 8-11:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 27 in Weyauwega-Fremont High School’s wooded backyard.
Trail leaders will take groups every half hour. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Meet in the high school cafeteria. Concessions, hot chocolate and caramel apple slices will be available for purchase.
The proceeds are going toward the high school choir’s spring trip to New York City and for drama purchases.
• Clintonville’s Trick or Treat hours will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 4-7 p.m.
• Manawa will hold Trick or Treat from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31,
• New London Haunted Trail is open Oct. 24-25, 7-8:20 p.m. for kids; 8:20-10 p.m. for adults. Cost is $3. Trail starts at the main shelter.
• New London Haunted Swim is set for Oct. 25, 1:15-3:15 p.m. at the Aquatics Center.
• New London Trick or Treat hours are 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31,
• New London Howl-o-Ween is set for Nov. 2, 12-2 p.m. at the Dog Park.