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Hammond, Roberts Halloween happenings set

Halloween is approaching and Hammond and Roberts are getting ready to celebrate the holiday with events for people of all ages.

For children, the Hammond Community Library is holding its annual "Night at the Library" event. This year's theme is "Haunted Business Expo," featuring exhibits like "Mummy's Fortune," "Dr. Frank's Lab," "Haunted pictures," "Monster shipping," "Broomstick's Pub" and more.

Library Director Michelle Johnson said the event should be fun for all and not frightening for small children. Night at the Library is Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6-8 p.m. Admission is free and wearing costumes is encouraged.

Also for children, St. Croix Central Elementary School's annual costume parade is at 2 p.m. on Halloween day. Children will bring their costumes to school and change into them before the parade. Parents are invited to watch their children parade down Main Street, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be in the gym.

On Monday, Oct. 29, from 7:30 to 8 a.m., second-graders and their parents will have a "Pumpkins and Parents" morning. The kids and their parents will read books together, then decorate pumpkins to look like the characters from the stories they read.

For adults, the Hammond Hotel's Zombieland event began Oct. 19 and 21, and will be open Oct. 26 and 27 as well. According to Hammond Hotel employee Wayne Browne, the event is in a large tent set up behind the Hammond Hotel. The interior of the tent is decorated haunted-house style with a zombie theme.

Admission is $7, and people coming to visit Zombieland can dress in costume, Browne said.

For seniors, the Senior Monster Mash Bash is Oct. 26 at the Roberts Senior Center at 312 N. Park St. There will be chili cheese and crackers served, polka dancing, a costume contest, prizes, tricks and treats.

Admission is a free will donation at the door, with proceeds benefitting the Aging and Disability Resource Center Board Coalition.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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