Halloween is next week, and the Lakeland area has some special treats in store for the holiday.
Take a gander at all of the upcoming events that have been scheduled for they year’s spookiest day.
Make it a healthy Halloween
Though Halloween is a night of trickery, dressing up in a costume that you’ll only wear once this year and having fun with family and friends, keeping the “treat” aspect of that evening – and the following days and weeks, depending on how successful your candy load is – healthy can be scary.
For parents who work hard all year to feed their children healthy, nutritious meals and snacks, Halloween can be a challenge.
On one hand, trick-or-treating can provide wonderful exercise as kids trek around the neighborhood collecting goodies. On the other hand, those goodies are likely sugar-laden, empty calories.
Jenette Chiamulera, UW-Extension Family Living Agent for Florence, Forest and Vilas counties, has some tips for parents who will let their children enjoy the holiday but not overdo it on the candy treats.
• Feed kids a healthy snack or light meal before they head out, Chiamulera said. Go with your child and monitor what they are eating while out on the treat hunt.
• When you get home, sort through the candy. This is a good opportunity to check over the treats with safety in mind. Have your child choose several pieces to enjoy that night. Throw out the items your child will not eat.
• With your child’s input, set limits for the rest of the candy and explain the reasons for the limits. For instance, your child can choose one or two pieces a day when they get home from school. Store the rest away in a cupboard, out of reach and out of sight – it may be forgotten in a week or so.
• Be a role model yourself by eating candy in moderation. Buy your household Halloween candy at the last minute and store it out of sight. Buy only the amount you think you will hand out to the trick-or-treaters.
• Consider snacks such as small bags of pretzels, sugar-free gum, trail mix, small boxes of cereal or granola bars.
• Also consider non-food items like pencils, small bottles of bubbles, tiny decks of cards or a multitude of fun items found at your local discount store (if you worry about the cost of these items, consider that one “fun size” candy bar is about 11 cents).
Remember, Halloween is just one day – and one day won’t ruin your year-round efforts to provide your children with healthy, balanced meals.
For more information about healthy eating, visit your local county Extension office at http://florence.uwex.edu.
Halloween parties and events
From Halloween parties to trick-or-treating, there’s something for all ages to enjoy in the coming weekends.
Friday, Oct. 26
Children’s costume parade: There will be a children’s costume parade starting at the Mercer School at 2 p.m.
Halloween bash for grades 3-5: 3:30-5 p.m., $3, Minocqua J1 School District commons. There will be games, prizes, music and concessions.
Spooks and Spoofs Fall Carnival: 5-7:15 p.m. with a costume parade immediately following, all ages are welcome, AV-W School. There will be games, a carved pumpkin contest, hay rides, carnival games, a bounce house and more.
41st annual Kornstalk Karnival: Join in the fun at the 41st annual Kornstalk Karnival at North Lakeland School, Friday, October 26, 5-8 p.m.
Enjoy the spook-tacular raffles with themed baskets prepared by each class at NLS, 5-7:30 p.m.; ghoulishly good food from the kitchen, 5-8 p.m.; children’s costume parade, 5:30 p.m. (children should line up in the north hallway between the cafeteria and the middle school library); karnival games with prizes in the gymnasium, 6-8 p.m.
Purchase tickets at the door which allow you to buy food, raffle chances and play games during the event.
Over 140 volunteers are needed to help make this event happen. If you can help, contact PTC president Deena Menze at 715-604-2057 or email@example.com
“Night at the Museum” Halloween event: The Northwoods Children’s Museum (NCM) will host its fifth annual “A Night at the Museum” Halloween event Friday, Oct. 26, 5-9 p.m.
Halloween-themed games that will test the imagination and determination of all young ghouls and goblins that attend will be available throughout the night.
Special lighting will change the atmosphere of the museum from bright and colorful to mysterious but not-too-scary. Costumed characters help bring some of the exhibits to life as guests go through and collect stamps at the various game stations.
Favorite games from past years such as “bobbing for apples” and “eyeball race” will return, as well as the spook-tacular outdoor graveyard. Prizes and treats will be given to all game participants as well as the chance to win entry slips for larger prizes.
Costumes are not required, but add to the spooky ambience that the event takes on. Grown-ups are also encouraged to dress up in their cutest or scariest attire and those who do will be given entry slips for a chance to win prizes.
The event is free to the public and the museum is asking attendees to make a donation of a non-perishable item for the Vilas County Food Pantry.
For additional information or to volunteer to help at the event, contact the Northwoods Children’s Museum at 715-479-4623 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Oct. 27
Halloween blood drive: Northern Lights Harley-Davidson is hosting a Halloween community blood drive Saturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Northern Lights is located at 1700 U.S. Highway 51 N., Arbor Vitae.
Advance donation appointments are highly recommended and may be made by calling Doug at 715-358-5054 or visiting www.save3lives.org.
Walk-in donors are welcome, but scheduling an appointment keeps the total time required for a donation to less than an hour.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health and bring a photo ID. Donors are encouraged to eat a regular meal and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating.
Mercer Loonacy Festival: Mercer School’s annual Loonacy Festival will take place from 4-8 p.m.
There will be a pet costume parade at Aunt Esther’s Attic at 3 p.m. with prizes and treats.
Starting at 10 p.m., there will be adult Halloween parties and costume contests at local businesses.
Halloween Haunted Forest: The Lakeland Union High School forest has been transformed into a haunted labyrinth.
The Science Olympiad and National Honor Society will host the second annual Halloween Haunted forest at the LUHS school forest, located about one block south of Coontail Sports on U.S. Highway 51, starting at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $4 for students and $5 for adults.
Haunted Boulder Junction: Take a scary step back in time and take in the sights and sounds of haunted Boulder Junction.
Explore a haunted house Saturday, Oct. 27, 7-10 p.m.
Held inside the community center on County Highway M, experience the fear of an old time saloon, doctor’s autopsy room, barber shop, hotel room, butcher shop and general store. Haunted wagon rides and concessions available.
Cost for the haunted house is $5 per person. All ages are welcome.
Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31
Spooktacular Halloween Party: Join the fun at Lakeland Hawks Ice Arena Oct. 31, noon-3 p.m., for the Spooktacular Halloween Party.
There will be games and prizes, a haunted locker room, concessions, music and skating and a costume contest.
The cost is $3 and skate rentals are $2 (limited amount available).
Citizens Bank’s Spooktacular Appreciation Event: A pinch of this. A dash of that. Add in a whole lot of fun and you have the makings for a fun and spirited chili cook-off to highlight the “Spooktacular Community Appreciation Event” at the Citizens Bank in Minocqua, Oct. 31, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
In addition, children up to age 12 can visit the Citizens Bank in Minocqua and pick up a picture to color. Bring it back by Oct. 24 and receive a bag of goodies.
Submissions will be displayed in Citizens Bank through Halloween. Help decorate for the Spooktacular event by dropping off a carved pumpkin by Oct. 24. Anyone who delivers a carved pumpkin will also receive a bag of goodies.
For those who are not fans of chili but still want to join the fun, there will also be complimentary hot dogs. Free refreshments will be available throughout the event and everyone will receive a goodie bag with candy and treats.
The Spooktacular event is free and open to the public. Charitable donations will be accepted and donated to the Diane Chart family.
For more information about this event, call Citizens Bank at 715-356-1444.
Halloween Extravaganza: Wisconsin Paranormal Investigators will be at Eagle Waters Resort on Halloween evening, Oct. 31, conducting a full paranormal investigation between live performances of Aron Houdini (the last living houdini), The ZomBeatles and The Gomers along with free psychic readings from world famous psychic mediums.
Responding to numerous reports of unusual activity happening inside the Trading Post at Eagle Waters Resort, the paranormal ghost hunter team will be launching a full and complete investigation.
The paranormal team will have a 15-minute video of highlights of their findings in previous investigations, followed by a 15-minute question and answer session and then launch the full investigation while patrons at Eagle Waters can watch on the big screen.
Halloween 2012 Houdini is a three-time Entertainer of the Year and world champion of the straight jacket escape, including a Guinness World Record for the most regulation straight jacket escapes in one hour and the fastest regulation straight jacket escape (11 seconds).
Aron Houdini, following in his uncle’s footsteps, is also a professional paranormal investigator working closely with Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab, also known as Everyday Paranormal.
Both the ZomBeatles and the Gomers come with a legacy made especially for Halloween.
The ZomBeatles are a Beatles cover band dressed as zombies that have transmogrified Beatles music into comical lyrics that will make fans of this “Undead Pop Combo” roll in the aisles with laughter. Performing acts such as “I Want To Eat Your Hand,” “Dead Prudence,” “All You Need is Brains” and “When the bRain Comes.”
The Gomers, direct from Madison, are a comedy rock, experimental and progressive rock band.
Not stopping there, Eagle Waters will also have a costume contest for the very best costume, including hundreds of dollars in giveaways. Even more, they’re bringing in two of the most renowned psychic mediums from the Midwest to give free readings and – if we’re lucky – they’ll be using Aron Houdini in a séance to bring back his uncle.
For more information, call 715-479-4411.
Cover charge is only $5 with proceeds benefitting local charity.
The following is the trick-or-treating schedule for the Northwoods communities:
Boulder Junction: Boulder Junction’s in-town trick-or-treat will take place at participating businesses Saturday, Oct. 27, 3-5 p.m. Traditional trick-or-treat, at participating Boulder Junction area residents, will take place Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.
Manitowish Waters: The downtown businesses will participate in trick-or-treating Saturday Oct. 27, noon-2 p.m.
Mercer: On Friday, Oct. 26, trick-or-treating will be held downtown along with free s’mores and cocoa at the Pocket Park. Businesses will be open for shopping.
Minocqua: The Island businesses invite trick-or-treaters from 3-6 p.m. Residential trick-or-treating will be held from 4-7 p.m. All trick-or-treating will be Halloween night.
Arbor Vitae: Trick-or-treating will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Halloween night.
Woodruff: Trick-or-treating will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Halloween night.
Lac du Flambeau: Trick-or-treating will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Halloween night.
Winchester: Trick-or-treating will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Halloween night.
Lake Tomahawk: The hours for trick-or-treating will be from 4-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27.