John Lamb, Published October 23 2013
Next 7 days packed with Halloween events for all ages
Here’s a look at some of the festivities to get your ghoul on.
Call or visit the websites for hours, admission and additional information.
Halloween is for all ages, but no one gets more into the creative, costumed spirit than kids. With a number of family-friendly events, there’s plenty to keep your children occupied.
“Franklin’s Halloween,” 10:30 a.m., Friday, shown as part of the Friday Morning Movie series at West Fargo Public Library, www.westfargolibrary.org.
Dakota Carriage Company’s Pumpkin Patch, 7414 40th Ave. N.,
Fargo, features corn mazes, petting zoo, barrel train rides, backyard games, horse-drawn carriage rides. Friday through Sunday. (701) 347-4069. www.dakotacarriagecompany.com.
Harry Potter Science Night, 6 p.m. Friday at MSUM Planetarium, Bridges Hall 167, 1104 7th Ave. S., Moorhead, offers magical science demonstrations by the Society of Physics Students, and a planetarium show that explores the night sky through Harry Potter characters. www.mnstate.edu.
The YMCA, 400 1st Ave. S., Fargo, has a spooky field trip starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday. A bus ride through the moonlit trails of Lindenwood Park is followed by games, crafts and face painting. (701) 293-9622. www.ymcacassclay.org
Buffalo River Pumpkin Patch, 4.25 miles east of Glyndon, Minn., allows families to pick their own pumpkins and have other fun. www.buffaloriverpumpkinpatch.com.
Boo at the Zoo, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, includes activities like cockroach races, educational encounters with animals and more. Red River Zoo, 4255 23rd Ave. S., Fargo. (701) 277-9240. www.redriverzoo.org.
Halloween Storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 1201 42nd St. S., Fargo, features “Go Away, Big Green Monster!” and photos with Maisy Mouse, activities, costume parades, treats and more. (701) 281-1002.
From 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, celebrate Halloween Comic Fest 2013, Paradox Comics-N-Cards, 26 Roberts St., Fargo. “Nerdyween” features free comics, costume contests for kids and adults and other activities. (701) 239-9505. www.paradoxcnc.com.
Dance the night away at the Moonlight Monster Mash, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Fargo Youth Commission, 2500 18th St. S. Costumes are encouraged, with games, a haunted attic, snacks and a magic show by Jeffery Salveson. www.fargoparks.com.
The FM Ballet at Gasper’s School of Dance & Performing Arts, 524 7th St. N., Fargo, gets in on the fun with its Haunted House and Scavenger Hunt Sunday afternoon. A not-so-scary haunted house from 1 to 2 p.m. is followed by spookier version for older kids from 2 to 4:30 p.m. (701) 234-9440. www.fmballet.org.
Veteran’s Memorial Arena, 1201 7th Ave. E., West Fargo, hosts a Children’s Halloween Party from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., with games and goodies. www.wfparks.org.
Halloween takes off at the Fargo Air Museum, 1609 19th Ave. N. with Planes, Pumpkins and Pizza, from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Oct. 31. Kids tour the museum, paint pumpkins and eat treats from Papa Murphy’s. www.fargoairmuseum.org. (701) 293-8043.
A West Fargo Police officer reads at Storytime 1:30 p.m., Tuesday at West Fargo Public Library and will talk about Halloween safety. (701) 433-5460. www.westfargolibrary.org.
TRICK OR TREAT
While there may be more events leading up to Halloween, the day itself features a number of family activities.
Courts Plus Community Fitness, 3491 S. University Drive, Fargo, hosts the Fargo Park District’s Community Halloween Carnival. The party starts at 3:30 p.m. with games and inflatables attractions from Games Galore and free Halloween bags for kids while supplies last. (701) 237-4805. www.fargoparks.com.
Scheels All Sports, 1551 45th St. S. Fargo, gets into the swing of things with free Ferris wheel rides, candy and kids tattoos, starting at 4 p.m. (701) 298-2918. www.scheelscommunity.com.
Faith United Methodist Church, 909 19th Ave. N., Fargo, hosts Trunk-or-Treat from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition to candy, the event includes games, prizes, hay rides, free hot dogs and hot apple cider. (701) 232-6844.
Calvary Church at Village Green, 2801 Village Green Blvd., Moorhead, hosts its own Trunk-and-Treats from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This event features candy, chili, bars and other sweets. (701) 866-6693. www.calvarychurchvg.org.
Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2010 Elm St., Fargo, gets in on the fun with its own Trunk-or-Treat at 6 p.m. After collecting candy, kids head inside for hot dogs, chips, fruit and drinks, crafts stories and a not-so-scary haunted house.
Minnesota State University Moorhead, 1104 7th Ave. S., hosts its own Dragon Halloween Bash, starting at 6 p.m. when residence halls open for treats, train rides, carnival games, mazes and more. www.mnstate.edu.
Halloween isn’t just for the kids. Over the next week adults can partake in a variety of more mature events.
Of course, your favorite bar will likely have some festivities, but here are some other things to catch.
What’s Halloween without some scary movies? Horrorfest 2 starts at 6:45 tonight at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, featuring trailers from vintage spooky movies, followed by “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” with Lance Johnson playing the Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. “Late Night Fright Fest” starts at 8:45 for mature audiences only. (701) 239-8385.
This Halloween season comes with a song-and-dance with “Young Frankenstein.” The Stage at Island Park, 333 4th St., S., Fargo, hosts Music Theatre Fargo-Moorhead’s take on the 1974 movie, tonight through Sunday and again next weekend. (701) 235-6778. www.thestageatislandpark.org.
Get a step up on the holiday with the Full Moon 5K at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The costume run starts at Centennial Elementary School, 4201 25th St. S., Fargo. www.fargorunningcompany.com.
Adults can get their freak on at the Ghost Stories for Grown-ups at 7 p.m., Tuesday in the Community Room at the Fargo Public Library, 102 3rd St. N. Classic and contemporary spooky stories, based on the theme of “superstition,’’ will be read. (701) 241-1472. www.fargolibrary.org.
In an agricultural area, haunted houses give way to the more consuming haunted farm. Here are some places that promise to go bump in the night.
Call or check websites for hours and admission.
Haunted Corn Maze, Thursdays through Saturdays and kid-friendly version on Saturday afternoons, 12747 3rd St. S., Moorhead. (218) 585-4529.
Nightmares on Elm Street, Friday and Saturday, 491 Elm St., Kindred, N.D. www.nightmaresonelmstreet.com
Extreme Scream, Fridays through Sundays, 158 80th St. S., Glyndon, Minn. www.lovetoscream.com
Haunted Farm, Friday and Saturdays and open Oct. 31, 1947 130th Ave. S.,
Acres of Terror, Friday and Saturday and Oct. 31, Leonard, N.D. (701) 491-2587. www.acresofterror.net
Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533