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Falls readies for Halloween

Plenty of fun activities planned in downtown, Old Falls Village

Oct. 7, 2012

Menomonee Falls - From scarecrows and spirits to spooky walks and pumpkins, Menomonee Falls has planned it all in time for Halloween.

Halloween Downtown is slated for Oct. 25 with Trick or Treat running from 4 to 7 p.m. Stores throughout downtown will be participating in trick or treat and a scavenger hunt during that time. The Spooky Walk through Lime Kiln Park starts at 7 p.m. that day in the municipal parking lot on Mill Street, just south of Main Street.

Halloween continues with nights of entertainment when the Menomonee Falls Historical Society's Halloween Family Fun Nights kicks off from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 on the corner of Highway Q and Pilgrim Road.

Admission is $4 for adults and for children 3 years of age and older.

Family fun nights screams activities

The historical society's Family Fun Nights are sure to entertain children as the nine buildings on 18 acres in Old Falls Village will be stocked with activities, crafts and games.

"The whole event is geared for the younger children," event Organizer Marilyn Schneider said. "It's not a haunted, scary environment, it's geared for a fun night."

Each child will receive a pumpkin with their admission. In the Old Falls Village Public House, children can decorate their pumpkins with glitter pens and markers. Trick or Treating is available at each building.

Each night there will be two puppet theater shows at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Children and adults can embark on hay rides throughout the grounds. To take a hay ride, people simply have to show their "passport," which they will receive with their admission.

The Art Guild of Menomonee Falls will have Halloween-themed art hanging on the porch of the Miller Davidson house.

During the evening, children can also participate in hands-on-drumming at the Rhythm and Play station, Schneider said.

New at the event is a game called the "Dead Guy Game," which is slated for 8:30 p.m. Every time the bell tolls, children pass around different fake body parts.

Family Fun Nights also includes a pumpkin maze, marshmallow roasting and apple cider and cookies.

"The children have so many nice opportunities to do things for their age," Schneider said. "It's more than just going door to door in your neighborhood."

Scavenger hunt and spooky walk

The Menomonee Falls Business Improvement District is hosting a slew of Halloween events. There are 21 businesses downtown participating in the scavenger hunt that runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Children ages 5 through 12 can go to each business to find a flyer that will display a Halloween-related picture inside each store.

At the end of the night, the children will hand in their list. Out of all of the winning entries, one girl and one boy will be selected to ride on a float in the Christmas parade, said BID Manager Barb Watters.

Children ages 2 through 12 are also invited to trick or treat at the participating businesses during that time. Information on the scavenger hunt is available online at Menomoneefallsdowntown.com.

"We get up to 1,000 kids down here and sometimes more and the creativity in these costumes is very cool to see," Watters said.

Following trick or treating is the annual Spooky Walk at 7 p.m. Area businesses are still welcome to sign up for a 10-foot section of Lime Kiln Park's pathway that can be decorated any way the business chooses. Watters said there is limited access to electricity, but generators are welcome.

To participate in the spooky walk, call Watters at (262) 251-8797.

Krueger's Entertainment will hand out flashlights to children between 3 and 10 years old for the walk.

The events are free to attend; however, donations will be accepted to help offset the cost of the event.

Calling all scarecrows

Beginning Oct. 20, everyone is invited to participate in the pumpkin carving and scarecrow contests.

Straw bails will be set up at the four corners at Centennial Park. Participants must place their carved pumpkin or scarecrow at the four corners by noon Oct. 24. They will be judged at 2 p.m. that day. Winners will receive Village Center gift certificates.

Make sure a name and phone number is attached to each entry.

This is an event the BID started last year.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Family Fun Nights

WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27

WHERE: Old Falls Village, Highway Q and Pilgrim Road

AT A GLANCE

WHAT: Scavenger hunt, trick or treat, spooky walk

WHEN: Scavenger hunt and trick or treat from 4 to 7 p.m.; spooky walk at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Downtown businesses and Lime Kiln Park, South of Main Street and east of Appleton Avenue

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