Just as Linus looks forward to the annual arrival of the Great Pumpkin, the folks in Mantorville look forward to Halloween. They have already started decorating. You can see corn shocks and pumpkins on nearly every street corner. Stores are dressed in their spookiest. The County Seat is serving Pumpkin Lattes and the Art Guild is stocking up on pumpkins for their annual pumpkin painting.
Activities begin on Saturday October 27 with a Witches' and Warlocks' Luncheon at the Hubbell House. Seating begins at 11a.m. You are encouraged to dress in your favorite wizarding costume for this lunch. Come as a good witch or a bad witch. Everyone will enjoy a limited menu of ghastly delights. Call Barb at 635-5654 for information and tickets. Which witch is which?
If you haven't already picked up your coloring contest entry, it's not too late. You can get them at Mantorville Square or the Art Gallery. Return your masterpiece to Mantorville Square by 11a.m. on Saturday 10/27. Winners in the 5-10 year old category and the Under 4's will be announced at 3 p.m. Caution! Artists at Play.
The Farmers' (& Goblin) Market returns for this Saturday from Noon until 4p.m. Now is your chance to pick up that prize pumpkin for jack o' lanterns or for pumpkin pie. The market will be set up in the parking lot of Riverside Park. No need to beware, it's all local produce.
In the mood for some ghost stories? Climb aboard a hay wagon and listen to costumed storytellers as they thrill and chill you with tales about Mantorville's haunted homes and buildings. This is a family friendly ride. There is no cost, but a free will offering would be appreciated. Your journey begins in front of the Opera House both Saturday and Sunday from 1p.m. to 4p.m. Don't be afraid!
No one should undertake an exploration of the Mantorville's spookier neighborhoods without provisions. There will be a bake sale outside the Opera House from 12:30 to 3:30p.m. on Saturday. Home baked goodies to satisfy even the most flighty of appetites. Purchase enough for Sunday too, they will only be there Saturday. Trick or Treat! Good Things to Eat!
If clothes make a statement, costumes tell a story. Especially pet costumes. The Mantorville Dog Park Committee will again be hosting a Pet Costume Contest on Saturday. Judging begins at 2p.m. in front of the Greek Revival House on Clay Street. Prizes will be awarded for the funniest, scariest and the best pet/owner team. Bring on your ghosties, ghoulies and long legged beasties!
Dr. Nancy Horvath-Zurn will discuss the latest Mantorville findings of the After Hours Paranormal Investigations team. This past year they have studied the Restoration House and the Cooper's Log Cabin. Catch the presentations on Saturday from 1p.m. until 4pm. Are we really alone?
Halloween activities continue at the Mantorville Art Guild. Again this year there will be pumpkin painting on Saturday from 1p.m. until 4p.m. or until they run out of pumpkins. There is no charge for the craft project, so bring your imagination. The Art Guild supplies all the paint, the brushes, the glitter and the pumpkins. Scary, very scary!
Four o'clock-the witching hour of the weekend. The Haunted House opens its doors just for you. For $2 and a donation to the Dodge County Food Shelf you will be treated to the spookiness of the Restoration House basement and the Cooper's Log House. Hours on Saturday are from 4 to 7p.m. and on Sunday from 4 until 6p.m. No need to abandon hope as you enter here, this is a fun and family friendly haunted house.
For those of you who prefer your frights a little more entertaining, don't forget the Mantorville Theater Company's All Hallow's Feast. Saturday at 7p.m. and Sunday at 1p.m. the heroes and villains of Mantorville's resident acting troupe will present Murder at Rutherford House accompanied by a four course dinner. Advance sale tickets only. Call 635-5420 or go to www.mantorvillain.com
This weekend event is sponsored by the Mantorville Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber's members urge you to support local and independent businesses. See you Saturday and Sunday.