Spooktacular funA group of teens plans to make visitors scream for a good cause this Halloween.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
A group of teens plans to make visitors scream for a good cause this Halloween.
The Superior High School seniors will turn the garage at 621 10th Ave. E. into a haunted house for visitors for the third year in a row. But this year will be different. Every cent they collect is earmarked for the Nutrition on Weekends program to provide food for homeless students in the Superior school district.
“We think it’s important that kids at our school have breakfast on the weekends like we do,” said Taylor Olson, 17.
In past years, the teens have charged 50 cents admission and used the proceeds to buy supplies for the following year.
“We figure this is the last time we’ll be together,” Olson said. “We don’t need to spend the money on new stuff.”
Along with Bryan Pallas, Brendon Lowney and Austin Lindstrom, and their friends, he will serve up scares from 4-9 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31. Admission is $1 per person; anyone wishing to donate more is welcome. The teens hope to raise at least $300 for the cause.
NOW currently serves 77 homeless children a week in Superior and another 12 students in the Solon Springs School District.
“The program itself is making a huge impact for students and their families,” said Nicky Wilson, family services coordinator for the district. Bags containing two days’ worth of breakfast, lunch and dinner foods per child are handed out to students each Friday. The ready-to-eat items range from Pop-Tarts and applesauce to pudding and peanut butter. By the end of the 2009-2010 school year, the program was providing food to 140 children.
Monetary and food donations for NOW can be dropped off at both National Bank of Commerce locations – 1127 and 2822 Tower Ave. Anyone interested in volunteering for the program can contact the bank at (715) 395-5555.
The haunted garage also doubles as the boys’ senior project, which is a graduation requirement at SHS. They have been capturing the process of turning the garage into a spook house on film. Along with the photos, they plan to talk about how they reached their goals and what they learned along the way.
The best part of the annual spook house set-up, Olson said, isn’t the screams of visitors. It is, he said, “just getting together with my friends every night.”
If haunted garages don’t top your thrill list, there are plenty of other options for Halloween fun in the area. Whether you’re looking for mild or wild, there is a local attraction that’s right for you.
Enjoy a creepy trip through the Field Logic warehouse this Halloween season. Featuring a steaming lagoon, pirate ship, graveyard and even a quicksand pit, this attraction has been touted by visitors as the best haunted house in the area. And, organizers said, there’s been some additions to the maze of thrills this year.
The fun comes in two styles – kid-friendly and extra frightening. Younger children are invited to visit the warehouse from 2-4 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 30 for a tamer version of the haunted house. Older visitors looking for a thrill can stop by the warehouse from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 29 for the scary version. There is no charge to attend the Field Logic haunted house, located at 1230 Poplar Ave. Those stopping by for the scary tour may have a short wait. Organizers like to send visitors through in small parties for the maximum thrill factor.
The Oulu Corn Maze, now in its eighth year, offers fresh-air fun. Located on the Ken Johnson farm, the maze sprawls over 10 acres of cornfield. It features dead ends and narrow walkways through 10-foot-tall stalks.
“It’s like walking in a tunnel,” Johnson said. The maze attracts visitors from Oulu to Milwaukee. With this year’s dry weather, the farm has been able to offer wagon rides with draft horses as well.
For the more adventurous, Johnson offers an evening session in the maze from 5-10 p.m. Friday – bring your own flashlight. And the “Creatures of the Corn” return for Spooky Maze Night from noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 30. Volunteers dressed as vampires, ghouls and villains with chain saws will be roaming during the event.
“They’ll greet you in the cornfield,” Johnson said.
The farm is located at 2595 Pudas Road in Oulu. Admission is $7 for children ages 6-12, $8 for anyone age 13 and older. Children 5 years old and younger are admitted free. Along with the two nighttime events, the maze is open from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Join costumed tour guides as they explore the world of Victorian lore and superstition by flashlight. For the third year in a row, Superior Public Museums will provide flashlight tours of Fairlawn Mansion 7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 25-28. Victorian history is rife with stories of séances and superstitions, according to Fairlawn tour guide Maggie Scheibe. Learn why nurseries were never painted green, why bodies had to be taken out of the house feet first and why 13 is such an unlucky number. The tours provide a wealth of information about the Victorian era, and maybe a thrill or two. Tours will leave every half hour from the gift shop. Visitors are asked to bring their own flashlight. The tour is not recommended for children ages 5 and under. Admission is $8 for adults, $6.50 for students and seniors.
Trunk or Treat
Put on your costume and join the fun as United Presbyterian Church presents Trunk or Treat 6-8 p.m. in the church parking lot at 229 N. 28th St. E. Several families get together at the church building, park their cars, open up the trunks and kids are invited come around to each car to “trunk or treat.” A dinner and games start at 6 p.m. with the trunk or treat taking place at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to the free event. Please dress in family friendly costumes.
Addams Family Spooktacular
The Superior Public Library will be transformed into the Addams Family Mansion 1-2 p.m. Oct. 29, make your own trick-or-treat bag in the library’s classroom. You will need this, as you will be trick-or-treating in the Addams Family Mansion and around the library 2-4 p.m. This creepy, kooky, not-so-spooky family costume party is free and open to all ages. Participants are asked to bring a canned food item for the local food shelf.
Celebrate Halloween and help the Rural Care and Share Food Shelf at the same time. From 5-9 p.m. Oct. 30 at Sharon’s Lakeview Café in Lake Nebagamon, all tips given to the volunteer waiter and waitress will go to the food shelf. Come and enjoy one of the specials for the evening — Vampire Stake grilled to your Hearts Desire, Count Dracula Ribs and delicious Boo Berry Cheesecake – while helping a worthy cause. Put on your costume and join the fun.
Creepy residence halls
Students at the University of Wisconsin-Superior open their residence halls to Halloween trick-or-treaters from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
Students living in the Crownhart, Curran-McNeill-Ostrander and Ross residence halls along Catlin Avenue will decorate their hallways and be ready to hand out treats as children through sixth grade are guided through the buildings.
The tradition of inviting children from the community in for a safe trick-or-treat experience on the UWS campus dates back to 1994.
Ostrander Hall will feature “child-friendly” decorations to avoid scaring small children. Children visiting any of the residence halls must be accompanied by an adult.
Parents may park free in university lots near the residence halls. For campus maps or directions, go to www.uwsuper.edu/maps.
Hogwarts Halloween Party
Pilgrim Congregational Church in Duluth hosts a Hogwarts Halloween Party from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Come, visit Diagon Alley or the town of Hogsmeade. Wizards, witches, houselves, and costumed guests of all ages welcome, but no dementors, please. Non-violent costumes only for this free event. For information, contact Pilgrim Church, 2310 E. Fourth St., at email@example.com or (218) 724-8503.
UNICEF party, trick or treat
A Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF party will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Faith United Methodist Church in Superior. The event features games, prizes, candy and food. All are invited. The event is free, but guests are encouraged to give a monetary donation to UNICEF, which provides health care, clean water, education, emergency relief, nutrition and much more to children throughout the world.
In addition, students from the Superior High School Key Club and Future Community and Civic Leaders of America (FCCLA) Club will be traveling from door to door Halloween evening. These ghosts and ghouls don’t want candy; they will be accepting monetary donations for UNICEF.