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Although it’s just the second week in October, several Halloween activities have already been announced.
Nightmare on Madison Street
Nightmare on Madison Street will return for a second year.
The haunted house attraction is located at 103 W. Madison Street in Mount Ayr on the second floor of the Timby Building.
This year the Nightmare will be open Friday and Saturday nights, October 18-19 and October 25-26 from 7-10:45 p.m. each night.
The final performance will be held Halloween night, Thursday, October 31, from 7-10 p.m.
All participants must sign a waiver before entering.
Children under age 10 must have an adult accompany them, and anyone under 18 must have a parent’s or guardian’s signature to enter.
Tickets are available at the door for $10.
Maximum group size is four people.
Ringgold County Conservation and the Ringgold Conservation Foundation are again hosting a Haunted Halloween Hike at the Dragoon Trace Nature Center at Poe Hollow Park (east of Mount Ayr on State Hwy 2) on Saturday, October 19.
A less scary version of the hike for younger participants will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the regular hike starting at 7:00 p.m.
Registration for the hike will be at the Dragoon Trace Nature Center and a guide will lead participants to the beginning of the trail.
Groups (no more than 10) will leave every 10 minutes from the nature center and travel through Poe Hollow to the Ringgold Trailway and come back on the east trail into Poe Hollow and end at Hawkins Hideaway Shelter (enclosed shelter) where they will receive a hayride back to the nature center.
Many activities will be offered to those waiting for their hike at the nature center. These include a fortune teller, movies, tattoos and more.
Cocoa, cookies, games and a bounce house will greet returning hikers at the shelter house at the end of their hike.
Entry Fees for this event are adults – $10.00 and students – $5.00.
The Lighthouse Christian Center west of Mount Ayr on Highway 2 will host their Hallelujah-ween Party Wednesday, October 23 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Attractions include a Haunted Barn and a not-so-spooky Fun Barn for the younger kids, a costume party, hay ride, games, food and lots of fun.
Tingley Fun Night
Tingley will hold their 73rd Halloween Fun Night on Saturday, October 26.
A pumpkin decorating challenge is the first activity underway. Pumpkins are available free at the Tingley Community Building after October 18. No one is too old or too young to participate. Be as creative as you dare, just do not carve. Everyone gets a prize.
Decorated pumpkins need to be brought to the Tingley Community Building by Friday, October 25 by 9:00 a.m. to be judged.
Entries will be displayed in post office window until after Halloween parade. You will need to arrange pick-up by October 29.
Any questions? Contact Nancy Jarred at 772-4974.
The Tingley Lions Halloween soup supper will be held in the Community Building from 4:30-6:30 p.m. This year’s menu includes oyster, cheesy potato and chili soup; hot dogs; desserts and a beverage all for a free will offering.
“Court and Treat” is planned for Saturday evening before the parade from 5-6 p.m. at the Tingley tennis court. Businesses and individuals are wanted to set-up and give away candy to kids 15 and under. Questions should be directed to Jerica Bolinger 515-238-4391.
Trick or Treat
The city of Mount Ayr has set its official trick or treat night for Wednesday, October 30 from 5-7 p.m.
The city of Diagonal traditionally observes Trick or Treat night on Halloween night, Thursday, October 31.