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A scary good time: Halloween events abound

Four reasons the screams were nonstop Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Lions Club’s Haunted Hayride in Somerset. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 1 / 28
A look that could kill from the Haunted Hayride, sponsored by the Somerset Lions Club Saturday night in Somerset. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 2 / 28
There was plenty of scare to go around Saturday night at the Lions Club’s Haunted Hayride at Village Park in Somerset. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 3 / 28
A friendly witch guides a wagon full of families at the Lions Club’s Haunted Hayride in Somerset. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 4 / 28
Zombie Bride, Victoria Rowe, haunted the bonfire Saturday night at the Lions Club’s Haunted Hayride in Somerset. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 5 / 28
A bloody member of the Ashton clan does her best to scare folks at the Somerset Lions Club’s Haunted Hayride Saturday night. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 6 / 28
Members of the Ashton clan put in more than 150 hours over two months creating one of the scary scenes including a working gallows at the Haunted Hayride sponsored by the Somerset Lions club. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 7 / 28
A volunteer lost his head Saturday night at Lions Club’s Haunted Hayride in Somerset. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 8 / 28
There was plenty of scare to go around Saturday night at Lions Club’s Haunted Hayride in Somerset. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 9 / 28
Angelina Neuers stabs Sophie Dunleap Saturday night during the Lions Club’s Haunted Hayride in Somerset. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 10 / 28
Coffin’s eye view of the Haunted Hayride in Somerset Saturday night. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 11 / 28
Jason put in an appearance with his chainsaw at the Lions Club’s Haunted Hayride in Somerset. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 12 / 28
Witch Betsy Johnson gave folks a scare Saturday night at the Lions Club’s Haunted Hayride in Somerset. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 13 / 28
This sweet little butterfly was part of the storytime group from the Hammond Community Library that trick-or-treated Friday, Oct, 24 at American Heritage Care Center in Hammond. (Photo by Sarah Young)14 / 28
The storytime group from the Hammond Community Library trick-or-treated at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond on Friday, Oct. 24. The residents enjoyed seeing the angels, superheroes and spooks flitting down the halls. (Photo by Sarah Young)15 / 28
Rylie Toenjes, 5, dressed as a bride, plays Pin the Bolt on Frankenstein in the St. Croix Central Elementary gym during the Panther Parent Group Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 24. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 16 / 28
Sienna Bengston, 6, paints a guitar on her 5-year-old sister Kylie’s face during the Panther Parent Group Fall Festival at St. Croix Central Elementary in Roberts on Friday, Oct. 24. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 17 / 28
Members of the Hammond Heartland Days royalty program work at the Panther Parent Group Fall Festival Crazy Hair booth at St. Croix Central Elementary on Friday, Oct. 24. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 18 / 28
Anna Linder, 3, picks a duck from a handwashing sink at St. Croix Central Elementary during the Panther Parent Group Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 24. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 19 / 28
A hayride through downtown Roberts was one of the many games, concessions and experiences kids and parents could spend tickets on at the Panther Parent Group Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 24. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 20 / 28
Several youngsters gathered on stage during the New Richmond Area Centre Spooktacular’s costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 25. Gabriel Zak, 5, (center) won this round with his peanut butter and jelly costume. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 21 / 28
Jillian Holle, 3, gets a little help from Kris Holle at the pumpkin bowling game at the New Richmond Area Centre Spooktacular on Saturday, Oct. 25. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 22 / 28
Carter Wilson, 6, dressed as Mario from Super Mario Brothers, and Anika Schoenberger, 7, dressed as Anna from Frozen, decorate cookies at the New Richmond Area Centre Spooktacular on Saturday, Oct. 25. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 23 / 28
Brynn Thayer, 4, paints a small pumpkin at the New Richmond Area Centre Spooktacular on Saturday, Oct. 25. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 24 / 28
Warm and pleasant weather on Saturday, Oct. 25, made for ideal hayride conditions at the New Richmond Area Centre Spooktacular on Saturday, Oct. 25. (Photo by Micheal Foley) 25 / 28
Samuel Eastvold, son of Jon and Jamie Eastvold, was the youngest to be in costume at Deer Park's annual Halloween party on Saturday. (Photo by Cindy Croes Olson) 26 / 28
Ghouls, goblins, giraffes and an array of other costumed children were on hand Saturday at the Deer Park Community Center for the annual Deer Park Halloween party hosted by the North Country 4-H Club. Games, snacks and a costume contest filled the afternoon with fun activities. (Photo by Cindy Croes Olson) 27 / 28
(From left) Ruthie Happe and Marilyn Sorenson helped youngsters create crazy monster cookies during the Star Prairie Lions Club’s Halloween Hayride event on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Community Center in Star Prairie. (Submitted photo) 28 / 28

Halloween events abounded last weekend in New Richmond, Roberts, Hammond, Somerset, Star Prairie and Deer Park.

The New Richmond Area Centre hosted its annual Spooktacular. In Roberts, the Panther Parent Group held its annual Family Fall Festival at St. Croix Central Elementary School. The storytime group from the Hammond Community Library visited residents for tricks and treats at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond.

Meanwhile, Saturday night screams rang out across Somerset as people rode on haywagons through the Somerset Lions Club's Haunted Hayride in Village Park. Hayrides and Halloween mischief also took place in Star Prairie and Deer Park. Check out our photos from each event.

Don’t be scared, be prepared 

The costumes may be different every year (Elsa from the movie “Frozen” is the top selling outfit this year), the treats at each door change, but one thing is constant each Halloween: your child’s safety is the No. 1 priority. Wisconsin Emergency Management’s “ReadyWisconsin” campaign has these safety tips and ideas.

Trick or Treat Rules 

— Children under the age of 12 should trick-or-treat with a trusted adult, not alone. 

— Children over 12 should walk in groups or with a trusted adult. 

— Make sure your child or a responsible adult with them carries a cell phone for quick communication. 

— Only visit well-lit homes and 

never accept rides from strangers. 

Be Seen 

— Hold a flashlight while trick-ortreating to help you see and others see you.

— Fastening reflective tape to costumes and bags also helps drivers see you.

Safe Costumes 

— Make sure costumes (including masks, beards and wigs) are flame resistant. 

— Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible. 

— Test make-up in a small area and remove all make-up before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

— Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls. 

— Do not allow your children to wear decorative contact lenses as they present a risk of serious eye injury.

Check Your Treats 

— An adult should examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. 

— Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home. 

— Avoid eating homemade treats made by a stranger. 

— When in doubt, throw it out. 

Submitted by Wisconsin Emergency Management 

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