The following is a list of Halloween activities planned in North Iowa communities.


Trick-or-treat will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Trick-or-treat will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Trick-or-treat will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.

The residents of Summit House, 600 1st St. N.W., Britt, are sponsoring a safe trick-or-treat event that is open to children of the community, from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. This fun-filled evening will offer a variety of delicious treats to costume clad guests.


Trick-or-treat in Buffalo Center will be Wednesday, Oct. 31. There are no set hours.


The 12th annual Charles City Community Revitalization SpookWalk will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25. The walk will be on the recreation trail along the Cedar River starting behind Immaculate Conception Church.

The “Dome of Darkness” haunted house will be presented by the Charles City Jaycees. Hours are from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 25; 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 26; 3-5 p.m. and 7 p.m.-midnight Oct. 27; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 31. It will be held at Bluhm’s Greenhouse, 2545 7 Mile Road, Charles City. The cost is $6 for the evening sessions and $5 for the Oct. 27 matinee.

Trick-or-treat in Charles City, will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Children in pre-school through third grade are invited to participate in Clear Lake’s Halloween parade at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at City Hall. Children should come dressed in costume. The parade will run down Main Avenue to City Park. There will be treats for all participants. The event is sponsored by the Clear Lake Parks and Recreation Department.

Treat-or-treat in Clear Lake will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

King’s Kids, an alternative to trick-or-treating, will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Evangelial Free Church, 1310 Hwy. 18 W., Clear Lake. The celebration for kids, preschool through sixth-grade, will be in the church’s gym where there will be games, prizes, contests and food. Participants should come to the northern edge of the parking lot and follow the luminaries down the stairs to the gym door. The carnival atmosphere gives children the fun of trying things like popping balloons or pounding a nail in a board, while earning points with which to “buy” prizes donated by local businesses. Hot dogs and chips will be served. The event is free, but each family is asked to bring two bags of candy to share. The candy will be divided up so that each child attending will take home a paper sack full of candy. Door prizes will be awarded after 7 p.m. Besides the door prizes, there will be prizes for the best Bible girl costume, best Bible boy costume, the cutest girl costume, the cutest boy costume, and the most original costume. Children are asked to dress in costumes that are not scary, violent or occult, like witches or ghosts, and leave guns, knives and other weapons at home.


Fertile trick-or-treat will be 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Trick-or-treat in Floyd will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


The Forest City Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Halloween Costume Parade/Magic and Juggling Show Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Civic Auditorium.

The party will begin with a costume contest for children ages 0-8, from 4-5 p.m. Children will be divided into three age groups: 0-3, 4-6 and 7-8, and will compete in divisions ranging from scariest, to most original, to funniest costumes. First and second-place winners in each category will receive a goodie bag. Once the kids are done, juggler/magician/vaudevillian Peter Bloedel will present his show at 5 p.m. Bloedel is a professor at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn., and his one-man show is touted as one that has broad appeal to people of all ages. Bloedel uses a mix of magic, juggling, music, jokes and physical comedy during his show. Entry fee is a canned good item for the food bank.

Trick-or-treat in Forest City will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


The Garner Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a trick-or-treat parade downtown, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Trick-or- treating will begin at the Chamber office, go down to Pronto and then return on the opposite side of the street. Prizes will be handed out for the best costumes.

Trick-or-treat in Garner will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


The Golden Banner 4-H Club will hold a Halloween dance from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Grafton Community Center. All students in the area, grades 4-12 are welcome to attend, but 4-6 grades must leave by 9 p.m. Costumes are optional; prizes will be awarded by ages. Dee-jay services will be provided by OverTime DJ.

Trick-or-treat in Grafton will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.


Trick-or-treat will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Trick-or-treat will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Kanawha will hold two Halloween celebrations, one for children and one for adults, on Saturday, Oct. 27. Both will be held at the Tim Johnson Trucking Company, north of town. The giant Quonset will become the giant Halloween Quonset. The children’s party from noon-4 p.m. includes a hot dog lunch, prizes, games, and the costume contests. The cost is $3. The adults’ costume party will begin at 8 p.m. Costumes are not required. There will be prizes and appetizers. Buzz Hoveland will provide music. Adult beverages will be available. All proceeds will go for repairs to the Kanawha pool.


Kensett trick-or-treaters will canvass for treats on Wednesday, Oct. 31. There is no set time.


Trick-or-treat will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Trick-or-treat in Leland will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Manly will observe Halloween trick-or-treating from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.


The Winnebago Scout Reservation, near Marble Rock, will host the second annual Terror in the Forest on Saturday, Oct. 27. The event is open to the public. The following activities begin at 3 p.m.: racing pedal Go-Karts, games, hayrides and slingshot range. At sundown participants will experience the blood curdling horror of haunted hayrides and haunted trail, complete with the “Maze of Terrors.” There will be concessions and treats in the newly remodeled Trading Post. The cost is $5 per person, at the door. The Winnebago Scout Reservation is located 10 miles south of Rudd, on County Road T-26. For more information call 641-397-2595 or email:

Trick-or-treat in Marble Rock will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Trick-or-treat in Mason City is from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Trick-or-treat will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Southbridge Mall. Store merchants will hand out treats.

The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board and Lime Creek Nature Center Foundation are sponsoring their 21st annual Halloween Hike from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Lime Creek Nature Center. The theme is Nature’s Webs! Groups of hikers will be led through the trails of Lime Creek on a 40-minute hike, encountering various creatures with messages about nature’s webs. The hike will not be scary, but will be a fun and educational experience for the whole family. A majority of the hike will be held on the hard-surface Easy Access Trail, but the final segment will occur on a trail inaccessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Refreshments will be served following the hike. Children up to 10-years-old are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes and are welcome to participate in a costume contest that will be held in conjunction with the hike. Prizes will be awarded for the winners. Reservations are required by calling 641-423-5309. Registration will be limited to a maximum of 10 people per caller. Every six children at the hike must be accompanied by at least one adult. The cost is $3 per person for all ages. Registrants will be required to pay for unannounced no-shows.

The Heritage Care and Rehabilitation Center, 501 S. Kentucky Ave., Mason City, is sponsoring a Pumpkin Painting Contest through Friday, Oct. 26. Children and adults are invited to bring a painted pumpkin to the Heritage, fill out a registration form and leave the pumpkin in the Main Office. Pumpkins will then be displayed in the facility for residents to judge. Winners will be announced at the Oct. 30 Halloween Celebration. Pumpkins can be picked up at this time. However, you do not need to be present to win. The Heritage Halloween Celebration from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, includes the following events: 6-7 p.m. games and activities — face painting, bean bag pumpkin toss, cookie decorating, spider making and pin the tail on the cat. At 7 p.m. a costume parade and costume judging contest will be held. Residents will hand out treats and prizes will be awarded for best costume.

The Mason City Family YMCA is offering Halloween fun from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the YMCA. Activities include bounce games, joust, face painting, carnival games and the popular haunted maze. There will also be prizes for best costume. Admission is $5 per child or $15 for three or more and includes a goodie bag and glow-in-the dark T-shirt while supplies last. Non-members of the YMCA are invited to attend.

A Hallelujah Harvest Party will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the new Salvation Army gymnasium, 747 Village Green Drive, Mason City. Children through sixth grade are welcome at the event. Costumes may be worn, although they aren’t required. Walking tacos will be served to all. There will be games, candy and prizes. The event is sponsored by area churches.

There will be trick-or-treating at Willow Pointe Assisted Living, 17396 Kingbird Ave., Mason City, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. There will be candy and hot cider.

A Family Fall Festival will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at First Covenant Church, 411 S. Ohio Ave. (Highway 122 and South Ohio). Parents are invited to bring their children and enjoy games, crafts, prizes, candy, corndogs, nachos, S’mores, popcorn and more. There will be prizes for best kids’ costumes. The event is sponsored by First Covenant Church’s Wednesday night children’s ministries: Kamp Kidd and The Zone. Admission is free. There will be a minimal charge for some activities and food.


McIntire trick-or-treating will run from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Trick-or-Treat will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in Nora Springs. Mayor George Andersen will greet trick-or-treaters with Halloween candy in front of City Hall between those hours.


Northwood trick-or-treaters will take to the streets from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The Funny Face Festival will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Northwood Elementary School cafeteria. This is the 19th year for the popular Halloween alternative, with many new carnival-type games and old favorites like fish pond, cake walk, and face painting. There will be refreshments, other activities, candy and prizes. Participants are asked to bring pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House to help children and families all over Iowa. Representatives from McDonald’s will be present to judge the costumes and distribute prizes to winners from various age groups at 7:45 p.m. The cost to attend the event is $1.50 per person and children ages 2-12 are invited to come share in the fun. For more information contact Northwood Baptist Church, 641-324-2583.


Osage will celebrate Halloween trick-or-treating from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30.


Trick-or-treat will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Trick-or-treat will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


A Haunted Hayride will be held from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Rockford Public Golf Course. There is no charge. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

A Halloween parade down Rockford’s Main Street will be held at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Those who wish to participate should meet at the old clinic site, west of the bridge. Trick-or-treating will follow from 5- 7 p.m.


Trick-or-treat will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Rudd’s Halloween Happenings, sponsored by the Rudd Community Betterment Corporation, will be held on two weekends, Oct. 27-28 and Nov. 3-4, at the Rudd Gym. Soup, sandwiches, and drinks will be available. The events and hours are as follows: “House of Horrors“: 6-11 p.m. Saturdays and 6-9 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for students. “Mini Haunted House“: (for kids 12 and under) 6-10 p.m. Saturdays and 6-9 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $1. A trip through the maze is 50 cents and each ticket in the game room is 25 cents. “House of Horrors” is an active event open to all ages but not recommended for those age 10 and under. For more information call 641-395-2759 or 641-756-3553.

Trick-or-treating in Rudd will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.


St. Ansgar trick-or-treat-ing will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.


Trick-or-treat will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31 in Scarville. There are no set hours.


The Sheffield Area Community Club will hold its annual Halloween party from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Multipurpose Room at Sheffield-Chapin/Meservey-Thornton High School. Hot dogs, cookies and beverages will be available. Group pictures will be taken starting at 5 p.m.


Trick-or-treat will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.


Trick-or-treat will be    from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Trick-or-treat will be         from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday,  Oct. 31.


The Ventura Recreational Department will host its second annual Halloween Party from 3:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Ventura Elementary Gymnasium. Participants are invited to wear their costumes for the costume contest. Parents are invited to come dressed up too, and join in the fun. People are invited to bring in their designed jack-o-lantern to be judged for prizes. There will be games, prizes and treats.

Trick-or-treat in Ventura will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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