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2019 Halloween Happenings!

Your ultimate guide to a “spooktacular” Halloween season in the Coulee Region!

Sugar Skull!
Saturday, Oct. 5
Winona Public Library,  151 W 5th St Winona, Minn.
12 p.m.,
Learn about Día de los Muertos at this story time event for grades K-8 and their families.

Ghost Songs & Poems of the Supernatural
Sunday, Oct. 6
Main Library La Crosse
1:30 p.m.,
A family event for school-age or older featuring the ghosts, witches, and other classic beings.
Sugar Skull! A Día de los Muertos Musical Adventure
Friday, Oct. 11
Page Theatre, Winona, Minn.
6:30 p.m.,
A magical, musical journey to unravel the true meaning of Día de los Muertos. Featuring a company of gifted musicians and dancers. Adults $12; youth $8.

Moonlight Maze
Friday, Oct. 18(tickets sell until 8 p.m.)
Hidden Trails Corn Maze, W4704 Highway 16, West Salem
Bring a flashlight and complete the maze in the dark. Maze is not haunted. Free to age 3; $7/ages 4-10; $9/ages 11 & up.
Field of Screams
Friday, Oct. 18
Copeland Park, 1130 Copeland Park Dr.
5-8 p.m., 789-7533,
Come experience a safe environment for children and families to enjoy fun, free Halloween activities including trick-or-treating, a magic show, face painting, games, s'mores, and much more!Free event.
Clearwater Farm Spooktacular
Saturday, Oct. 19
Clearwater Farm, 760 Green Coulee Rd., Onalaska
11 a.m.-2 p.m.,
Spooktacular annual event in conjunction with the Onalaska Jaycee's Haunted House. Come celebrate fall. Costume contest, prizes for different age groups, activities, food, and more.

Pumpkin Carving!  
Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20  
Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center  N455 O Ophus Rd., Coon Valley
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.,  452-3424,
It takes 500 pumpkins to light the trails for Ghoulees in the Coulees, which means they need 500 pumpkins carved. Bring your own tools, or use theirs. Free.

Enchanted Forest
Saturday, Oct. 19
Myrick Park Center, 789 Myrick Park Dr.
10 a.m.-3 p.m., 782-2494,
Non-scary trick-or-treat hike through Myrick Park followed by activities, games, music, petting farm, and refreshments. Advance: $5/youth, $3/adult; at the door: $7/youth, $4/adult.

Not So Spooky Hike 
Saturday, Oct. 19
Merrick State Park, S2965 State Road 35, Fountain City
6 – 8 p.m., 687-4936
Self-guided night hike on trails lit by jack-o-lanterns and hundreds of luminaries. Fun crafts and activities. Vehicle admission stickers required; available at contact station.

Monster Mash  
Wednesday, Oct. 23
La Crosse Public Library South Branch,  1307 16th St. S.
10:30 a.m.,
Calling all monsters for a “not-so-spooky” celebration with crafts, activities, and treats that feature fun-loving monsters. Best up to age 5. Free.

Family Trick or Treat
Thursday, Oct. 24
Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, N455 O Ophus Rd., Coon Valley
5:30 p.m.,  452-3424,
Advance reservations required. Led by a tour guide, enjoy a walk through the woods on a pumpkin-lit trail. In the Homestead, your family will be able to trick or treat from a variety of historic buildings and open-air booths. $5 per person, $10 after 10/22.

Boo-Seum Halloween Party
Friday, Oct. 25 & Saturday, Oct. 26
Children’s Museum of La Crosse, 207 5th Ave S.
5:30-7 p.m.784-2652,
A non-scary Halloween party with games, crafts, museum play, prizes, and more for ages 2-9. Costumes encouraged; registration required. $5/member child; $12/non-member child; $1/adult.
Ghoulees in the Coulees
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 25-26
Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center, N455 O Ophus Rd., Coon Valley
6-9 p.m., 452-3424,
Advance reservations required for this haunted hike through a pumpkin-lit wooded trail featuring scary characters, followed by chilling stories and hot apple cider. $10/person; $15/person after 10/22.
Saturday, Oct. 26
Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, 28097 Goodview Dr., Lanesboro, Minn.
5-9 p.m., 507-467-2437,
Advance reservations required. Trick-or-treat 30 feet off the ground as you traverse your way through wooden and wire elements that end with a zipline. Warm up by the fire afterwards. Check-in times every 15 minutes. Ages 6-10 must have an adult companion on the course.$25.  
Downtown Trick-or-Treat
Saturday, Oct. 26
Downtown La Crosse, 500 Main St.
11 a.m.-2 p.m., 784-0440,
Bring the family downtown, dress up, enjoy tricks and also treats. All of the Halloween fun.
Saturday, Oct. 26
First Lutheran School La Crosse, 520 West Ave. (in the backyard)
2-4 p.m.
Children can walk from trunk to trunk to look at decorations and receive candy.
Festival Foods Boofest
Saturday, Oct. 26
All Festival Foods Locations
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.,
Activities and treats for kids at stations across Festival Foods stores. Ages 10 and younger.

Villa After Dark
Saturday, Oct. 26
Villa Louis Historic Site, 521 N Villa Louis Rd, Prairie du Chien
6-9 p.m., 326-2721,
Costumed interpreters will hand out treats and spooky tales throughout the 26-acre site. Event begins at the visitor center and ends with a bonfire and s’mores.$10/age 13 and up; $5/ages 5-12; free under age 5.
Trick-or-Treat at the Library
Wednesday, Oct. 30
Holmen Library, 121 W. Legion St.
4:30-6 p.m., 526-4198,
Games, snacks, stories, and crafts. Free with non-perishable food donation.
West Salem Trunk-or-Treat
Thursday, Oct. 31
Village Park, downtown West Salem
3-5 p.m., 786-0222,
Fun, safe trick-or-treating for families between businesses and booths.

Onalaska Jaycees Haunted House
Weekends, Oct. 18  - Nov. 2, 6:30-10 p.m.
Thursday Oct. 24 & 31, 6:30-9 p.m.
Clearwater Farm,760 Green Coulee Rd., Onalaska
The Onalaska Jaycees return for their 39th season of terror. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
$9; $2 off with 2 canned food items; Fast Track to Fear $2.

House of Shadows
Weekends & Halloween, Oct. 11- Nov 2, 6-10 p.m.
501 Osborne Dr., Sparta
A fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Sparta, this haunted house in a reportedly haunted former infirmary offers Not So Scary tours for those faint of heart from 6-7 p.m., with Very Scary tours starting at 7 p.m. $6/Not So Scary; $10/Very Scary.
Halls of Terror Haunted House
Weekends, Oct. 11-26, 7-10:30 p.m.
Halloween, 6-9 p.m.
100 N. Second St., Prairie du Chien
778-4283 or 800-732-1673
Voted one of the top 10 haunted houses in the state by Discover Wisconsin.$8/person.