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Weekend planner: Haunted houses and halloween parties this weekend

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FRIDAY, OCT. 31

DEADVIEW CEMETERY -- A field full of tunnels, graveyards and mummy rooms is open for Halloween celebrants from dusk until 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 at old Langdon School, 8839 96th St., Cottage Grove. Admission is $5 and an adult must accompany children 12 and younger.

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A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends in Need Food Shelf, St. Paul Park. To reach the Cemetery, take the Jamaica Avenue exit off Highway 61, and follow the signs.

NIGHTMARE GROVE -- created by Brian and Holly Darling at 9042 Upper 81st St., Cottage Grove -- is open to all from 6 to 10 p.m. Halloween, Friday, Oct. 31. The show is free and the Darlings will gladly accept nonperishable food for the Friends in Need Food Shelf, St. Paul Park. For those who make it all the way around the house, there's candy waiting. For details, go to the Web site at www.nightmareGrove.com.

TRUNK OR TREAT -- Crossroads Church, Jamaica Avenue and 80th Street, Cottage Grove, invites families to a trunk or treat Halloween in the church parking lot from 5 to 7 p.m. Kids can go from trunk to trunk for treats. There will be a free hot dog and beverage snack waiting for anyone who donates a nonperishable food item and a new pair of socks.

FREE HALLOWEEN PARTY-- Area youth are invited to a free Halloween party from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 at American Legion Post 98, 328 Broadway Ave., St. Paul Park.

HARVEST FEST -- The Harbor Church, on Highway 61 just south of Cottage Grove, invites area youth, toddlers through eighth grade, to its Harvest Fest, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Admission is one bag of candy and costumes -- non violent or scary -- are encouraged. There will be carnival games, candy, prizes, inflatable bounce houses and food available for purchase. A separate room will be available for preschool-age children. The church is located next door to River Oaks Golf Course, Cottage Grove.

SATURDAY, NOV. 1

CRAFT FAIR AT ST. THOMAS -- The 36th annual holiday craft fair and bazaar will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1 and 2, at the St. Thomas Aquinas activities building, 920 Holley Ave., St. Paul Park. Activities will include crafts, baked goods and a granny's attic. Lunch items will be available for purchase and a pancake breakfast is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Sunday.

BENEFIT FOR TOM CIHLAR -- A fundraising benefit for St. Paul Park resident who was brutally assaulted while coming to the rescue of a neighbor in late July is scheduled from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at American Legion Post 98, 328 Broadway Ave., St. Paul Park. Everyone is invited for food and family fun including door prizes, a silent auction, bake sale and meat raffle.

SUNDAY, NOV. 2

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIMES -- The fall time change will take place at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Clocks should be set back one hour.

MONDAY, NOV. 3

CASH FOR CANDY -- Young trick-or-treaters can take their excess candy to Roscher Dental Group, 1590 Hastings Ave., Newport, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, to receive $1 per pound of candy. The candy -- which must be unopened -- will be shipped to troops overseas by a local organization, Blue Star Mothers.

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