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All Hallows' Eve

Four reasons the screams were nonstop during last year’s Lions Club Haunted Hayride in Somerset. (Photo by Tom Lindfors)

Community groups and organizations across the area will be hosting Halloween events for the enjoyment of all.

Such events include: haunted houses, haunted hayrides, trunk-and-treats, movie nights, parties and much more. One of the main events of this year’s Halloween celebrations is the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce Safe and Happy Trick-or-Treating in downtown New Richmond Friday, Oct. 30, from 1-5 p.m.

The following is a list of the Halloween events in the New Richmond, Somerset and Hammond/Roberts areas:

Halloween Movie in the Park

The Star Prairie Community Club will sponsor a Halloween Movie in the Park event on Friday, Oct. 23 starting at dusk. The movie being shown is “Hotel Transylvania.” Concessions will be available, including hot dogs, pop, chips and more. Free popcorn will be given out to attendees. If it rains, the movie will be shown under the pavilion. For more information, visit

Halloween Hayride

The Star Prairie Lions Club will host its annual Halloween Hay Ride on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 6-8 p.m. at the Community Center. Food and refreshments will be available after the ride. Crafts for kids will be available as well. Costumes are optional. All proceeds from the hayride will be donated to the food shelf. Other free will donations accepted.

Haunted Hayride

The Somerset Lions Club will host its annual Haunted Hayride on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 6-9 p.m. A ride costs $5 per person or $10 per family. All ages are welcome, but suggested six years and up. The event will be held in the Somerset Village Park. Come early for a taco fee. The hayride lasts about 20 minutes and includes scary actors at various scenes and roaming around the trail. For more information, call David Bracht at 715-497-4806 or at

Helping Ghost Cross Over

This Community Education event will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the Community Commons and will cost $18. Encountering the presence of a ghost can be eye-opening and sometimes disturbing. It’s believed that spirits who are present on the earthly plane feel that they have unfinished business or do not realize that their spirit is no longer in human form. It is possible to help an earth-bound spirit become self-aware and feel at ease about continuing the soul’s journey. Those interested in going must pre-register.

Fall Party

The New Richmond United Methodist Church (208 E. Second Street) will host a fall party on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 6-7 p.m. The event is free and geared toward pre-K through fifth-grade children. Tasteful costumes are welcome. For more information, call 715-246-2464.

Trunk or Treat

Cross Lutheran Church in Roberts will be hosting a ‘Trunk or Treat’ event 6:15-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The family-filled event include a costume contest, trunk-or-treating, candy, games and prizes, cookies and more.

Halloween Bash

The Willow River Nature Center will host a Halloween Bash on Friday, Oct. 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event is free and includes Halloween games, take home crafts, spooky snacks and storytelling. For more information, call 715-386-9340 or visit

Halloween Extravaganza

Hazel Mackin Community Library invites the public to a Halloween Extravaganza on Friday, Oct. 30 at the Hazel Mackin Community Library. The fun begins at 3:30 p.m., where guests could meet Anna from Frozen in which she will stories and crafts will be provided. At 4:30 p.m., the movie “Spooky Buddies” will then be shown. For more information, call (715) 749-3849.


Immaculate Conception in New Richmond will be holding a trunk-or-treat 6-8 p.m. in Corrigan Hall on Friday, Oct. 30. Come in costume or trunk-or-treat. Visitors are asked to bring in your favorite dish. Children can partake in games, crafts and stories. Come in costume. After the food, games and stories, children can go to the Church parking lot to “Trunk or Treat.” The event is in need of volunteers for set up, clean up and to provide their car trunks with treats in them. Contact the CF Office for more information or to volunteer at 715-246-4652 ext. 229.

Safe and Happy Trick-or-Treating

The New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce will once again sponsor the New Richmond Safe and Happy Trick-or-Treating event on Friday, Oct. 30, from 1-5 p.m. The event is strictly voluntary for downtown businesses.

Haunted House

The Star Prairie Community Club will host a haunted house from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30 at Cindy Gibson’s house (208 Jewell Street) across from the Star Prairie Ballpark. Those interested in going should meet at the Star Prairie Ballpark. Kids 5 and under (free) can go from 6-6:30 p.m., kids 6-12 years old ($2) can go from 6:30-9 p.m. and kids 12 and older ($4) can go from 6:30-9 p.m. as well.

Monster Mash Bash

The Community Commons will host a Monster Mash Bash on Friday, Oct. 30, from 1-3 p.m. Come to the Commons for homemade chili, costumes and entertainment. Free will donation at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Senior Center Board Coalition.

Halloween Spooktacular

The seventh annual Halloween Spooktacular will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the New Richmond Area Centre. The event is free for members and $5 per family for community members. There will be concessions, candy, hayrides, cookie decorating, a spooky scavenger hunt, mummy races, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting and a costume contest. The costume contest will be judged in the gym and has four categories: ages 3 and under, 4-7 years old, 8 years old and up and family. For more information, contact Larissa Ruud at 715-243-0847 or

4-H Halloween Party

The Roberts Ribbon Reapers 4-H Club will be sponsoring a Halloween party 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Roberts Lions Park. Open to all, the fun includes games, crafts, pinatas, pizza, root beer floats and a spook house. A costume contest is also being held.

Haunted Town Hall

The Somerset Historic Town Hall will once again host the Haunted Town Hall event on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The event will include spooky games and Halloween treats.

Compiled by Jordan Willi

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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