Weekend planner: Halloween festivities abound
THURSDAY, OCT. 23
HILLSIDE SPAGHETTI DINNER -- The staff at Hillside Elementary School, 8177 Hillside Trail, Cottage Grove, will host their 14th annual spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 Everyone is invited for spaghetti with optional meatballs, salad, bread, cookie, juice and coffee. The cost is $4 for adults if prepaid or $5 at the door. Children and seniors, 55 and older, pay $3; preschoolers are free.
DEADVIEW CEMETRY -- Deadview Cemetery, a grave experience from D.P.S.P Productions -- a group of area residents -- will be ready for Halloween celebrants from dusk until 11 p.m. Thursday through Friday, Oct. 23 to 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1. It is situated around the old Langdon School, 8839 96th St., Cottage Grove. Admission is $5 and children, 12 and younger, must be accompanied by an adult. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends in Need Food Shelf, St. Paul Park.
FRIDAY, OCT. 24
MONSTER BASH -- Cottage Grove's Halloween parade and festivities 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, 7:45 p.m. and dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. 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.
FAMILY HALLOWEEN PARTY -- District 833 families are invited to the Monster Mash Halloween party, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Woodbury High School Activity Center, 2665 Woodlane Drive. The evening will be filled with games, stories, a puppet show and dancing to Bob the Beachcomber's music. Non-scary costumes are encouraged and parents are reminded to bring their cameras. Admission is $3 per person or $8 per family.
SATURDAY, OCT. 25
HOT SALE, TACOS -- St. Paul Park firefighters and their families are hosting a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the fire hall, 600 Portland Ave. Firehouse "walking" tacos will be available for sale and Sparky the Fire Dog will greet children.
HALLOWEEN PARADE -- On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Cottage Grove Halloween 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.
LUNCH, COUNTRY STORE -- Christ Episcopal Church, 7305 Afton Road, Woodbury, is holding its annual salad luncheon and country store from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, with the luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets for luncheon are $7. All are invited to attend. All are invited to attend.
ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SPAGHETTI --Members of Accacia Masonic Lodge 51 are serving all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Lodge, corner of 70th Street and Lamar Avenue, Old Cottage Grove. The meal includes dessert, milk and coffee. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children, ages 5 to 12. Children under 5 years eat free. If you go, take a nonperishable food item for the Friends in Need Food Shelf, St. Paul Park.
HARVEST PARTY -- Everyone is invited to celebrate God's harvest with worship at 5:18 p.m. and party at 6:18 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, corner of 70th Street and Hinton Avenue, Cottage Grove. After worship a light dinner will be served followed by games, contests, tricks and treats and costumes. Organizers ask that costumes not be scary, include weapons or have an occult theme; no witches, ghosts, gore, blood or frightening masks.
HALLOWEEN PARTY, POTLUCK -- The annual Halloween party at the Cottage Grove campus of Woodbury/Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church will begin with a potluck dinner, followed by games, prizes, hayrides and pi?atas from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. The event will conclude with ghost stories around a campfire. All ages are welcome to attend, with or without costumes. The church is located at 8600 90th St., Cottage Grove. For details, call (651) 738-0305.
SUNDAY, OCT. 26
TURKEY DINNER -- Newport United Methodist Church's annual fall turkey dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 26. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, 62 and older, and youth, ages 8 to12). Children, under 8, are $4. Tickets will be sold at the door. The old-fashioned style turkey dinner will include beverages and homemade desserts. Newport United Methodist Church is located at 1596 11th Ave. Newport. For details, call the church office at (651) 459-2747.
HALLOWEEN SKATE PARTY -- Cottage Grove's synchronized skating team, The Fine Line, is hosting a fundraising Halloween party from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena, 8020 80th Street.
Everyone is invited for open skating, a bake sale, costume contest with prizes, silent auction and a raffle and games for kids. Open skating admission is $4. Proceeds from the sale will help support the synchronized team.
FAMILY HIKE, BONFIRE -- The Happy Trails Family Nature Club, organized by Newport resident Jodi Hiland, has scheduled a trail hike and bonfire from 12 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Loveland Park, 1500 Glen Road, Newport. Everyone is invited to the free event.
MONDAY, OCT. 17
BAND CONCERT -- The Park High School band, symphony band, jazz band and wind ensemble will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, in the school auditorium. All are welcome to attend.