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Halloween celebration grows

Cottage Grove,Minnesota 55016
SWC Bulletin
Halloween celebration grows
Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

Cottage Grove's Halloween parade and festivities have changed hands, changed names and now include a Friday night activity.

This year's Halloween celebration -- Monster Bash 2008 -- is being organized by the Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Committee. Events will begin with the costume contest, kick-off spaghetti dinner, dance, games and silent auction from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the Cottage Grove VFW Post 8752 Red Barn, 9260 East Point Douglas Road.

Dinner is from 5 to 8 p.m., costume judging, 7 to 8 p.m., silent auction winners announced at 7:45 p.m. and dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. Cottage Grove royalty will be painting faces and adding tattoos. Costumes will be judged in the following age categories: 0 to 3, 4 to 7, 8 to 12, 13 to 18 and Best Group.

Tickets are $10 for adults, ages 13 and older and $5 for children, ages 4 to 12. Children, 3 and younger, are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from Sheila at (651) 458-9495.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, the parade will begin at 11 a.m. with line-up at the District Service Center, across from McDonald's on East Point Douglas Road and march south to the District Program Center, next door to Country Inn & Suites. Trophies will be awarded for Best Float, Best Theme, Halloween Theme and Best Non-Motorized group.

For details and a parade registration form, go to or The deadline to sign up for the parade is Saturday, Oct. 18. The entry fee is $15. For details, call Susan Shea at (651) 768-8629 or e-mail or Colleen Reimer at (651) 768-9041 or e-mail