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Halloween begins this weekend

Though the actual day is still a week away, Halloween festivities will be in full swing this weekend in Detroit Lakes.

Vampires, mummies, werewolves, and possibly even a ghost or two will populate the stage of the Historic Holmes Theatre on Thursday and Friday nights, as two performances of the Victorian-esque spoof "The Mystery of Irma Vepp" will be presented.

Both performances start at 7:30 p.m., and will feature Christopher Damlo and Doug Schultz portraying multiple roles. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and may be purchased online at, by phone at 218-844-7469, or at the Holmes Theatre Box Office, located at 806 Summit Ave., Detroit Lakes.

On Friday and Saturday, the Holiday Inn Beach Bar & Grill will be the setting for a "Boo Bash" and Costume Contest. Friday night's entertainment will be provided by Rock Star Productions, and the band 8th Hour will perform Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Costume contests will take place on both nights as well. The Holiday Inn is located at 1155 Highway 10 East; call 218-847-2121 for more information.

On Saturday, the Washington Square Mall will host its annual "Halloween Hoot" from noon to 3 p.m., with a Parade of Costumes at 2 p.m.

Ecumen-Detroit Lakes (formerly Emmanuel Community) will host its annual Trick-or-Treating event from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Kids can come to the nursing home in costume and visit the residents, who will have a variety of Halloween goodies on hand.

Of course, there is a variety of spooky fun to be found outside the confines of Detroit Lakes as well.

At the Second Time Around Shop, located on Highway 59 between Ogema and Waubun, a haunted farm and woods will be open from dusk until 11 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Cost is $10 per person.

Richwood Winery, located at 27799 County Highway 34, Callaway, will host a Halloween Bash on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. Door prizes will be given away every hour, on the hour from 3 to 6 p.m., and there will be a prize for the best costume awarded at 5:30 p.m. Call 218-844-5990 or visit for details.

The Pine Point School will host a Haunted House on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $5 a person, and all proceeds benefit the Pine Point Powwow Committee.

The city of Moorhead will also be filled with ghoulish happenings throughout the weekend. The Haunted Corn Maze, located at 12747 3rd St. S. in rural Moorhead, will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person.

The Haunted Farm, located at 1947 130th Ave., Moorhead, is open the same hours and days as the haunted corn maze. Tickets are $15 per person.

Extreme Scream, located five miles east of Moorhead on Highway 10, is also open for the same hours and days as the haunted farm and corn maze. Cost is $16 per person. All ages are allowed, but Extreme Scream offers less intense and less scary tours if parents or children feel the tour is going to be too scary for them.

A special $33 ticket purchased at the Haunted Corn Maze will also gets you into the Haunted Farm and Extreme Scream. For more info, call 218-585-4529 or visit

At Minnesota State University Moorhead, the Planetarium and Society of Physics students will treat the public to some spooky science tricks. Science demonstrations are free and run from 6 to 8 p.m. in Bridges Hall 164; while the planetarium will present "The Scary Sky" at 7 and 8 p.m., exploring historical and modern sky frights. General admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 children, students and seniors. Call 218-477-2920 for more information.

Two popular hangouts for kids will also host Halloween events this weekend in Fargo. The Children's Museum at Yunker Farm will offer its "Not So Scary Haunted House" on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 701-232-6102 for more information.

The Red River Zoo will also hold its "Boo at the Zoo" on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with trick-or-treating throughout the zoo, creepy crawly critter cart, cockroach races, a costume contest with prizes for each age group, Critter Station stamp, photos and pumpkin carving. Regular admission rates apply; free for zoo members. Call 701-277-9240 for more information.

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Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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