A haunting good time awaits at many Storm Lake area holiday events!
There's no place better to be for spooky and safe Halloween alternatives than the Storm Lake area. Here's a selection of fun holday activities for children and their families.
Witter Costume Contest
Attention all ghosts, witches, princesses and more! Stop at the Witter Art Gallery in Storm Lake on Tuesday evening, October 30, 5-6 p.m., for the annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest. Children from preschool through grade 6 can partiicipate in a variety of games and activities. Local businesses have donated refreshments.
Costume judging takes place at 5:30 p.m., with age groups for preschool, grades K-1 and grades 2-6 - prizes are awarded in each group for the scariest, most original and cutest costumes. A group award for best overall theme will be presented to three or more children with coordinated costuming. Merchants assisting are Ressler Drug, Bomgaars, Fareway, McDonald's, Hy-Vee and Pages Bakery. For more information, call 73203400.
Newell Allee Mansion "Haunted House Night"
The Haunted Allee Mansion has a few new ghostly surprises in its basement and you are invited to bravely take the plunge down under to see what you might see! There are new attractions for everyone and every age group at the Allee Mansion's "Haunted House Night." The scary fun begins at 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 27th. The Mansion is located one mile south of Newell on the Iowa State Research Farm. The "Mad Doctor" will return by popular demand and the "Scary Lady" in the upstairs bedroom is coming out of her closet just to see you. The dead body in the parlor may have a few words of wisdom to share and Dracula will greet you at the door. The headless horseman will ride again so beware as you enter the lot!
The basement will be reserved for the bravest of souls as something new and different awaits you! The "Baskerville Basement Village" is presently under construction and promises thrills beyond the imagination! Don't miss the fun. Refreshments will be served. Charges at the door will be $3.00 for adults, children under twelve $1.00 and preschool free. The Newell Historical Society has been restoring the 110-year-old Victorian Allee Mansion for the past 12 years. All proceeds go toward this restoration project.
Aurelia's Harvest Hoopla
The neighboring town of Aurelia has become Iowa's Halloween Headquarters, with the infamous Bates Motel Haunted House and a great-line of up events for the Halloween Hoopla, Saturday, October 27.
The Kiddie Parade with costume judging starts at 5 p.m. in front of city hall, and everyone gets a treat! One prize is given for children up to five, two tickets to the Children's Haunted House is the prize for 6-10 years old, and one prize of two tickets to the haunted Bates Hotel will be given for children over 11.
For the Pumpkin Decorating Contest, bring in your decorated pumpkin or gourd to the "Field of Screams" - the lot between Maple Valley Hardware & Studebakers. One Best of Show prize of $25 is offered.
A Scarecrow Contest will also be held at the "Field of Screams" with a Best of Show prize of $25. A Yard Decorating Contest offers one prize of $50.
Hay rides start north of the A.C.M.E., touring the best decorated yards of the city.
A Chili Cook-Off and Pumpkin Recipe Cook-Off are also being held, based at the Aurelia Public Library.
The Downtown Food Fair starts after the Kiddie Parade, with taverns, chips, funnel cakes, popcorn balls, caramel corn and hot chocolate for all.
The Treasure Hunt for Mrs. Bates will be a new feature this year. Norman has lost his Mother! A $50.00 prize to the first 5-person team who finds her! A limit of 10 teams. Available for ages 12-15! Pick up your clues at the Haunted Bates Hotel. The first 10 entry forms filled out and delivered to Maple Valley Hardware will be eligible.
The WTC's Children's Haunted House/Kid's Carnival will start after the kiddie parade, located at the Heritage Bank Basement and lot between Heritage and Kolpin Law Firm. There's plenty of fun, and it is appropriate for preschoolers up to age 10.
The all new Haunted Bates Motel will be open 6-10 p.m. Admission is $4 per person (also open October 31 - 7-9 p.m.)
BVU Halloween Tradition
Buena Vista University students in the residence halls will once again open their doors to the pint-sized nurses, firefighters, ghosts and goblins who come knocking on Trick-or-Treat night. Children in kindergarten through fourth grade are invited to participate in the annual event, which takes place on Sunday, October 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Parents are asked to bring their trick-or-treaters to the Dows Grand Ballroom in the Harold Walter Siebens Forum, where they will be met by members of the BVU football team, cheerleading squad and Esprit de Corps. These BVU students will escort the trick-or-treaters through the residence halls for Halloween candy and goodies.
For more information about BVU's Trick-or-Treat Night, contact the Student Services office at 749-2123.
Trick or Treat for UNICEF
On Thursday, October 25th Lakeside Presbyterian Church and United Methodist Church youth will be Trick or Treating for UNICEF. The U.S. fund for UNICEF announced on October 14th that all proceeds of this year's "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" campaign will support emergency relief for Afghan children at risk. For the first time in the history of UNICEF the Trick or Treat campaign will be dedicated to a single cause - saving the children of Afghanistan.