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Halloween happenings planned in Somerset

It's never too early to start making Halloween plans. If you happen to be in the Somerset area the weekend of Oct. 30 and 31, you have a couple of spooky options.

Haunted Hayride

Saturday, Oct. 30

The Somerset Lions are sponsoring their first annual Haunted Hayride in Village Park down by the river. Geared toward participants 10 years and older, there will be two tractor-driven wagons that hold approximately 15-20 people at a time.

David Bracht, Somerset Lion member, said that there will be about five "scary scenes" staged along the route.

"They will stop for about two minutes at each scene," Bracht said. "Plus there will be other people 'floating' around."

The cost is $3/individual ride, $5/unlimited individual rides and $10/unlimited family rides. The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., with each ride lasting approximately 15 minutes.

Concessions will also be available, with items such as hot chocolate, corn dogs and cider. All proceeds will go toward the Somerset Lions to be used for community service projects.

The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 31. For more information, call Bracht at 715-497-4806.

Haunted Hall

Sunday, Oct. 31

The Somerset Old Town Hall, 331 Main St., will be transformed into a spooky site for trick-or-treating on Sunday, Oct. 31.

From 4:30 p.m. -7 p.m., passers-by can stop by the Old Town Hall to play games, hear spooky stories and, of course, get some treats.

At the corner of Main Street and Garfield, the Old Town Hall, built in 1885, is Somerset's original government building. It served as the seat of government for both town and village residents until 1915 when the village incorporated. It was renovated for Somerset's 2006 sesquicentennial celebration and a memorial bricks program was established as a way to honor community members and to support upkeep of the hall and gardens.

The event is free to the public.