With Halloween falling on a Tuesday this year, that may limit the tricks and treats doled out — being a school night. However, children and adults alike looking to fully embrace the holiday spirit will have plenty of opportunities to do so over the weekend.
1) Get Festive
Both St. Mary Catholic School and Newton First Church of the Nazarene (Ninth and Main streets) will be hosting festivals on Saturday, with the latter's taking place from 1 to 3 p.m. and offering carnival-style games, cotton candy, caramel apples and more. St. Mary's Fun Night will go from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Family friendly costumes are welcomed (i.e. no frightening creatures, masks, weapons or blood permitted).
At St. Mary, there will be a moon walk, bingo and many other games featured. Punch cards will be offered for the various activities at rates of $5 (for 20 punches) and $20 for an unlimited family pass (valid for two adults and children of the same home).
Concessions will also be provided at the fun night by the St. Mary Altar Society, including hot dogs, chili, chili pie, chips, pop and gatorade.
2) Party in Moundridge
Looking for some more straightforward trick or treating? Head to Cloud Nine (205 S. Avenue A) in Moundridge for the inaugural UnBOOlievable Halloween Happenings. From 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, guests are encouraged to break out their costumes and candy bags and head to the venue, which will also offer cookies, cider, cotton candy, games, face painting and a professional photo shoot with Graphic Elegance Photography and Design.
3) Hit the trails of terror
Those in search of a more hair-raising experience can get their blood pumping by traveling a couple of different haunted paths throughout Harvey County.
Harvey County West Park will be hosting one such event, putting on a Haunted Forest walk from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Admission for the family friendly walk (5 to 7 p.m.) is $2, while a $5 donation is suggested for the "haunted" walk after 7 p.m. — where anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Donating a can of food will reduce admission by $2 (limited to one discount per admission) and all proceeds will go towards future Harvey County Parks events. All food will be donated to the Harvey County Food Bank.
In addition to the Haunted Forest, thrill seekers and scare junkies can head out to Sedgwick from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday to walk another haunted trail starting at 1410 N. Washington Ave. If you choose not to face your fears (though a non-scare option is available for smaller children), you can enjoy a relaxing hayride on site or satisfy your hungry with a meal deal featuring a hot dog, s'mores, chips and drink.
Each activity cost $5 or all three can be purchased at a bundled price of $13. Funds raised through the haunted trail will benefit the Sedgwick class of 2021 for its after prom.