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Happy Halloween!

Get ready for tricks and treats, crazy costumes and jesting Jack-o’-lanterns as the Alexandria area gets set for Halloween.

Here’s a look at several area Halloween happenings:

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HAUNTED THEATRE October 25-26, 30-31, 7 to 10 p.m.

Reaper MadnessReaper Madness infects the Alexandria Area Arts Association (AAAA) during the 8th annual Haunted Theatre at the AAAA Theatre.

For years, the vengeful spirit of Halloween has jealously watched the other holidays gain popularity and the time is now for revenge. The reaper has begun to distort other holiday icons, slowly turning them evil.

Guests will wander through the Winter Wonderlands of Christmas, the lair of the leprechaun, the domain of cupid, as well as other holidays, eventually ending up in Halloween, the realm of the vindictive Reaper.

The event is self-guided. Admission is $5 at the door. This event is not recommended for children younger than 10 or the faint of heart.

This is a fundraiser for the AAAA and features a cast of regional actors. For more information, call (320) 762-8300.

YMCA FAMILY HALLOWEEN PARTY Saturday, October 26, 5 to 8 p.m.

The Alexandria Area YMCA invites the community to attend the YMCA Family Halloween Night.

Parents and children, ages 2 to 12, are invited to take part in games, crafts and treats. Costumes preferred but not required.

The event is free to YMCA members and $15 for non-members. Pre-register online at or by calling (320) 834-9622. Tickets also available at the door.

FRIGHTMARE FARM Fridays and Saturdays

October 25-26; November 1-2

7 to 11 p.m.

Frightmare Farm is hosting a haunted barn “guaranteed to scare the ‘yell’ out of you.” Admission is $10. A portion of proceeds are donated to a charity.

The haunted barn is located at 5448 Prairie Road Northeast, Carlos. (See story above for more information.)

FALL FESTIVAL Sunday, October 27, 12 to 5 p.m.

The Last Fall Festival, hosted by, will take place at Erickson’s Petting Zoo, 11890 Hope Road, Osakis.

The festival will include pumpkin carving and coloring, large corn maze, playgrounds and hayrides.

Attendees will also be introduced to a variety of animals including pygmy goats, sheep, pheasants, llamas, potbelly pigs, rabbits, cats, chickens, ducks, geese, doves, peacocks, pigeons and miniature horses.

The cost is $20 per family. For more information, call (320) 298-1726.

MAGIC SHOW Tuesday, October 29, 7 p.m.

Brian RichardsBrian Richards (pictured below) will put on a magic show that is “spooky, not scary” at the Discovery Middle School auditorium in Alexandria.

It will include a mummy wrapping, a vanishing Frankenstein head, a skull that is the finish to a card trick and other assorted spiders, snakes and creepy crawlies.

General admission tickets are $5 and are available through Community Education at 1410 South McKay Avenue, Suite 201, Alexandria or by calling (320) 762-3310.


Thursday, October 31, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

There will be a community Halloween party at the National Guard Armory in Alexandria. Admission is free. Children through age 12 or 6th grade are welcome with a parent or guardian.


Thursday, October 31, 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) invites the public to attend Halloween Fun at the Woodland Elementary School gym in Alexandria. One family member needs to be younger than 5. The cost is $5 per family.


Thursday, October 31, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

First Lutheran Church in Alexandria will host its 10th annual Halloween Trunk or Treat in its parking lot at 9th and Douglas Streets in Alexandria. All children are welcome. Families are asked to bring a canned good to help fill a trunk for the local food shelf. For more information, call (320) 762-2196.