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Halloween happenings in Somerset

Looking for a spooky good time in Somerset for Halloween? There are plenty of options to choose from.


The Girl Scouts of Somerset are hosting their annual Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Somerset Middle School. There will be games, crafts, concessions and a haunted house.

There is no admission fee to the party and it is open to the public.


New this year is the St. Croix Spookyville at the Apple River Family Campground, 345 Church Hill Road. The two-day event begins on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6 p.m. - midnight with a 20-30 minute haunted hayride.

Francis Madden, operations manager for the campground, said this hayride is recommended for ages 13 and up, targeting those who want a more "scary" experience than the Somerset Lions hayride that same night.

"We have been very careful to complement each other rather than compete," said Madden. "Our events are going to run at the same time but their hayride is more entertaining than terrifying. The campgrounds hayride will be scary, possibly very scary."

In addition to the hayride, the party barn will be open with music, a scary movie and warm concessions like brats and hotdogs, pizza, popcorn. The cost for the evening is $10 per person.

Last year, the ARFC had a private hayride for its employees and their families and friends. It was such a success (100 people attended), that they decided to open it up to the public.

The ARFC's second event is a family day event on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1-5 p.m. for $5 per child. Activities include a pop toss, cake/treat walk, pumpkin bowling, fall market and pumpkin painting.

The Arctic Blast Terrier Club will also sponsor a "Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Contest" on Sunday. Registration is at 1 p.m.; judging will be at 2 p.m. There will be prizes for first through sixth place as well as Weinnie Bobbing and Trick for a Treat.

For more information, or to volunteer help, contact Chris Barrera at 612-418-2635 or Mary Schmidt 651-329-6042.

The Somerset Lions are hosting their second annual Haunted Hay Ride on Saturday, Oct. 29, rain or shine from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Somerset Village Park.

The hayride will be approximately 20 minutes long and will feature scary characters and scenes along the trail.

The cost is $3/ride, $5/unlimited and $10/family. The ride is suggested for those ages 6 years old and up. There will be warm drinks and food items available for purchase.

For more information, contact David Bracht at 715-247-2395 or email


The fourth annual Haunted Hall in the Old Town Hall building at 331 Main St. is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 31, from 4:30-7 p.m.

There will be spooky games and storytelling, as well as lots of candy.

The Old Town Hall was built in 1885 and 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 brick 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.