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Halloween Happenings This Weekend

Last updated on Friday, October 26, 2012

(UNDATED) - Trick-or-Treaters can hit the streets in Shoals tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Paoli.

Residents wanting visits from ghosts and goblins are asked to turn on their porch lights.

Shawswick School PTO Teach and Treat

Shawswick School PTO will have a Teach and Treat event on Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for elementary and middle school families.

Teachers will be handing out treats in the hallways.

The PTO will have a chili supper in the cafeteria. Volunteers will sell chili, hot dogs, chips, desserts and drinks.

Hayride tickets can also be purchased.

Costumes are welcome, but please, no scary ones.

Paynetown SRA hosts Ghostly Gathering

Monroe Lake will present its Ghostly Gathering on Oct. 27 and 28 at Paynetown State Recreation Area.

Programming will begin the afternoon of Oct. 27 with ghost, goblin and ghoul crafts, followed by an all-ages costume contest. A campground decorating contest and trick-or-treating will take place in the early evening. The night will conclude with a family-friendly Halloween party at the activity center.

On Oct. 28, there will be a ghost hunt on the property trails, and a mini-mummy keychain craft activity during the afternoon.

Details are on Monroe Lake's October program schedule at dnr.IN.gov/parklake/2954.htm and by calling the Paynetown Activity Center at 812-837-9967 or emailing jvance@dnr.IN.gov.

The standard entrance fee of $5 per in-state vehicle and $7 per out-of-state vehicle applies.

Paynetown is at 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington.

Pekin Boo Saturday

The Washington County Artisans & Farmers' Market will host the first ever Pekin Boo this Saturday at the Pekin Park from 5 to 8 p.m.

There will be treats for children from the vendors, face painting, holiday shopping, games and much more. The Pierce-Polk Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand, there will be concessions available and free popcorn and cotton candy.

The market will also be open Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Vendors are still selling produce, along with Amish baskets, jewelry, wood products, homemade soaps, honey, crafts and many more.

Saturday, anyone who would like to bring a book to the market to exchange for another may do so. Books will also be available for purchase.

The market is planning many events for the winter months. In November, the market moves from the park to the Pierce-Polk firehouse and the bingo hall in Salem.

Oktoberfest at Beck's Mill Saturday

If you enjoy campfire beans and cornbread, music and an afternoon of fun in the country, the place to be Saturday, Oct. 27, is Beck's Mill, the historic restored grist mill south of Salem.

Beck's Mill is observing Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy open kettle apple butter, crafters, demonstrators and an artisans farmers market.

All ages can take part in a decorated pumpkin contest with prizes given in four divisions: ages 1 to 11, 12 to 16, adults 16 and older and groups.

Trails will be open for hiking and the mill will be grinding corn throughout the afternoon.

For additional information, call 883-5147 or visit becksmill.org

Saturday at the John Hay Center

A magician, activities and treats are in store for children who visit the Pioneer Village at the John Hay Center from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. The village will be decorated for Halloween.

There will be cookies, trick or treat bags, hot chocolate and a "spookier" area for older children. A magician, sponsored by the library, will perform at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Kathy or Dawn at The Stevens Museum, 883-6495; Denise Newkirk at parks and rec, 883-2895 or Donna Hurst at the library, 883-5600.

The event is sponsored by the center, Salem Public Library, Salem Parks and Recreation, Salem Police and Fire departments, the Pollock family, Bedford Office Supply, Salem Rotary, Tri Kappa, WSLM, Prevent Child Abuse Council, Kirk Elliott and the Boy Scouts.

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