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Halloween fun in and near River Falls

These are submitted local and area events that are held to celebrate Halloween or the fall harvest season.

Downtown River Falls

Area residents are invited to the third annual River Falls Business Expo, held Saturday, Oct. 29, organized by the River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. The event will give local businesses an opportunity to showcase and market their products and services. The theme is a fall/Halloween motif, to provide fun family activities. The expo will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the River Falls High School. For more information go to

Rocky Branch Elementary School neighborhood

A group of high school juniors and seniors will spook the hunger out of River Falls with a "foodraiser" 6-8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, in the west-of-the-city neighborhood of Rocky Branch Elementary, mostly along Bartosh Lane. They'll collect non-perishable food items to donate plus provide safety patrols at three locations: Rocky Branch Elementary, 1415 S. Bartosh Lane; at the intersection of Bartosh and High Ridge Road; and at the intersection of Bartosh and Jefferson streets. The project aims for enough people participating that they can also organize groups of trick-or-treating volunteers -- even outside their class -- to knock on doors in the neighborhood and collect food donations.

River Falls Public Library

This year's Halloween "Haunted House" at the River Falls Public Library will have the theme "Halloween in Wonderland," and offer youngsters of every age a not-too-scary chance to play carnival games and help the Queen of Hearts solve the disappearance of her flamingos. Admission is free, and there will be candy treats for the kids. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Halloween evening, Monday, Oct. 31, and close at 9 p.m.

Also, at 10:30 a.m. (for children 4 to 11 years old) and at 1 p.m. for teens, the public library will present Robert and Lynn Halbrook and their productions called "Wizard School" and "Vampires, Witches and Ghosts," on Friday, Nov. 4, an out-of-school day for area students. For more information, call Library Director Nancy Miller at 715-425-0905.

226 S. Wasson Lane

A Halloween Harvest Food Drive will be held at 226 S. Wasson Lane when a non-perishable food donation will allow contributors to walk The Trail of Terror. The event is family friendly with photo opportunities available, has no admission fee, and candy offered to trick or treaters. The event will be held from 4:30-9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, and is put on by the River Falls Lodge 109 F&AM, Theta Chi fraternity, Schwartz Repair, Mary's Maids and the Wilson family. For more information, call Michael Wilson at 715-222-0904.

UW-RF Falcon's Nest

The River Falls Renaissance Academy with the UW-River Falls College of Education and Professional Studies will present its second annual Broomstick Gala from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the university's Falcon's Nest. The event will feature The Folk-a-delics Valley Big Band. Cost is $30 in advance; $35 at the door. For more information, go to the RA's website:

Haunted Lab at UW-RF

The UW-River Falls Society of Physics Students and the Chem Demons will be hosting their annual Haunted Lab on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6:30-9 p.m. in rooms 102 and 110 Centennial Science Hall. Free and open to the public. Contact for more information

Haunted tours at UW-River Falls Oct. 27

Discover the haunted history of University of Wisconsin-River Falls with the History Club on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Tours will depart from University Center at intervals from 7-9 p.m. Prices are: With student ID - $1; Kids 4 and under - Free; Adults - $2

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Meyer Middle School

Opticlub, an afterschool group for middle school-age children will hold a Halloween Party/Open House from 2:35-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the middle school. The group meets Mondays through Thursdays during the school year and offers activities, field trips, fun activities and more. To learn more about Opticlub, send an email to Jennifer Butcher, Opticlub coordinator, at

Abundant Life Church

Abundant Life Church, 896 Hwy. 65, will host its annual Fall Carnival from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at the church. Persons attending the event are asked to bring a food donation for the River Falls Food Pantry. The public is invited to attend. Candy donations will be accepted. For more information, call 715-425-9564.

Kinnickinnic State Park

Kinnickinnic State Park will hold a Kinni Fall Fest at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, with these events: Pumpkin painting, a nature scavenger hunt, kids' costume contest and a bonfire with refreshments. A guided 1/2-mile haunted trail walk will be held from 7-10 p.m. The event is free, but normal park admission fees apply. Call the park office at 715-425-1129 for more information.

Roberts Senior Center

A Halloween Monster Bash will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the Roberts Senior Center. Food, music, dancing and prizes for best costume will be offered. Admission is a free will donation at the door with proceeds to benefit the Senior Center Board Coalition.

Willow River State Park

Willow River State Park and the Willow River OWLs will have a Halloween Bash for children. This event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. There will be games, storytelling, a nature hike, and a bonfire. Wear your costume. The event cost is $2 per child and vehicle admission for all vehicles entering the park. Call 715-386-5931 or 715-386-9340 or email for more information.