Houses are ready for trick-or-treaters ahead of Halloween which falls Monday, Oct. 31. The city of Eagle River doesn’t hold specific hours, but those who would like to hand out candy should turn on their porch light. —Staff Photo By MICHELLE DREW
Houses are ready for trick-or-treaters ahead of Halloween which falls Monday, Oct. 31. The city of Eagle River doesn’t hold specific hours, but those who would like to hand out candy should turn on their porch light. —Staff Photo By MICHELLE DREW
“Spooktacular” weekend events are happening throughout the North Woods in celebration of the Halloween holiday.

People of all ages are invited to dress up and partake in the area’s festivities offering a variety of activities to enjoy. Sponsored by various towns and organizations, some of the events are held outdoors and attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather. Full stories regarding some of these festivities are included in this paper.

Area events announced by town are:

Eagle River: Hallowfest, Saturday Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Eagle River will feature a treasure hunt, costume contest and free Halloween-themed movies at Vilas Cinema. Registration for the business treasure hunt will begin at 11 a.m. at Rotary Square, across from Vilas Cinema.

Other activities will include a dance performance by Chain O’ Dance studio, treat bags provided by the Eagle River Lions Club and a prize spinning wheel.

For more information, contact The Eagle River Chamber of Commerce at 715-479-6400 or visit

Our Savior Lutheran Church will hold a trunk-or-treat Monday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the church parking lot. Church members will hand out candy or small toys from their trunks to trick or treaters during the event.

Apple cider, hot cocoa and popcorn will be provided. The church is located at 223 Silver Lake Road in Eagle River. For more information, contact 715-479-6226.

The Kalmar Community Center will host a trunk-or-treat in the parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 6 p.m. Attendees will be able to enjoy treats from participating individuals and organizations that will pass out candy or other small items for children.

For more information, contact 715-388-6689.

The Northwoods Ukers will perform at The Warehouse Community Arts Center Friday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes.

This event is free to attend and family friendly. The Warehouse’s Inspiration Bar will be open with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

Three Lakes: The Three Lakes Lions Club will hold its annual Halloween treat bag distribution on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at the Three Lakes School.

Costume judging will be at 6 p.m., followed by candy distribution handed out by members of the Lions club and the Three Lakes Dog Park.

There also will be a pumpkin carving and decorating event. Anyone wishing to enter this contest must deliver their pumpkin to the school commons by 5:45 p.m.

Phelps: Several events will take place in the Phelps area for a fall bash celebration Saturday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Phelps School and surrounding area.

The event will kick off with popcorn and a showing of a Halloween-themed movie at 4:30 p.m. A not-so-scary haunted hallway, pumpkin decorating and a caramel apple creation station will also be part of the bash.

Free hot dogs, chips and juice boxes will be offered to attendees.

A trick-or-treat map will be available to participants wishing to visit homes and businesses who will be handing out treats prior to the fall bash. These maps will be available throughout Phelps the day of the event.

For more information, contact Mike Duquaine at 715-891-8460.

Land O’ Lakes: Land O’ Lakes Arts (LOLA) will hold its Zombie Crawl Weekend starting Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a “Wine and Magic Night” at Twilight Supper Club. The evening will offer free wine samples, appetizers and magic tricks by Aron Houdini, great-grandnephew of Harry Houdini.

A spooky arts and crafts project is planned Friday, Oct. 28, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the LOLA downstairs art classroom.

The main Zombie Crawl event will take place Saturday, Oct. 29, beginning with a pre-party zombie makeup session at the Veterans Center from 3 to 6 p.m. See full story on page 1B in the Lifestyle section.

The Land O’ Lakes Library is celebrating Halloween this year with two different events — a broom-making program and a Halloween party.

The broom-making program Thursday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. will include a start-to-finish broom-making demonstration, discussion on history and techniques, and storytelling.

The library’s annual Boo Bash Halloween party will take place Monday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 6 p.m. The outdoor, campfire event will be held in the library’s back parking lot and will feature the return of the “haunted hallway.” Games, music, treats and food will all be featured.

Ely Memorial United Church of Christ in Land O’ Lakes will hold its trunk-or-treat event Monday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Decorated trunks filled with goodies will be handed out by costumed volunteers. All goblins and witches are welcome to partake of the fun.

The Border Troubadours Theatre Troupe will provide a free matinee performance of “Paranormal Paranoia: The Haunted Trestle Bridge” Thursday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. at Ely Memorial Church in Land O’ Lakes. Live music, popcorn and door prizes will be available at the show.

No reservation is needed. For more information, follow them on Facebook.

Conover: The Conover Lions Club will be host its annual Kids’ Halloween Party Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Conover Community Center featuring pumpkin decorating, games, prizes and treats. Food and beverages will be available. Children 12 years old and younger can participate in a costume parade during the event and receive a prize.

The community center is located at 4665 Highway K East in Conover.

For more information, call Kathy Johnson at 715-477-0575.

Plum Lake: Plum Lake Public Library will host its annual trunk-n-treat event Sunday, Oct. 30, from 3 to 6 p.m. Candy will be handed out to youngsters from the decorated trunks.

During the event, the Plum Lake Lions Club also will be on hand to provide hot dogs, cookies and books for trick-or-treaters.

Sugar Camp: The Sugar Camp School Community Organizations invites families to an afternoon of Halloween fun Saturday, Oct. 29.

A trunk-or-treat event is planned from 1:30 to 2 p.m. near the soccer fields. Prizes will be awarded for scariest, best candy and most creative. Following the trunk-or-treat festivities, participants may go to the Sugar Camp Town Hall for a Halloween dance party.

Community trick-or-treating will follow from 4 to 7 p.m.

Presque Isle: The Halloween Spooktacular trunk-or-treat in Presque Isle will be held at Pipke Park on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Candy and goodies will be handed out to trick-or-treaters and participants are encouraged to show up in costume and walk the haunted trail.