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It’s about time for the annual visit from ghosts and goblins around Ringgold County, as local groups and communities have announced their plans for the Halloween season.
Nightmare on Madison Street
The popular Nightmare on Madison Street haunted house attraction returns this year.
Located in the Timby Building above Still Smokin’ BBQ on the northeast corner of the Mount Ayr square, Nightmare on Madison Street will be open for the next two weekends – Fridays October 22 and 29 and Saturdays October 23 and 30 – from 7-11 p.m. each night.
Admission is $10.
Join Ringgold County Conservation and the Ringgold Conservation Foundation for 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 23.
A less scary version of the hike for younger participants will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the regular hike starting at 7:00 p.m.
Entry fees for this event are: Adults – $10.00 and Students – $5.00.
Registration for the hike will be at the Dragoon Trace Nature Center and a guide will lead you 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 hikers will receive a hayride back to the nature center.
Many activities will be offered during the hike including: scary movies, cookies, carnival games, popcorn and more!! The Snack Barn food truck will be available at the end of your hike from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Come out for a scare and enjoy some amazing food!
Please contact Ringgold County Conservation at 641-464-2787 or Ringgoldccb@ringgoldcounty.us for any questions.
The Diagonal HotSpots robotics team is sponsoring a Halloween movie night this Saturday, October 23.
The movie “Coco” will be shown in at the shelter house located by the archery trail in Fogle Park beginning at 6 p.m.
Admission is $5 with all proceeds going to the HotSpots STEM Camp.
Soda, candy, and free popcorn will be available.
Costumes are encouraged.
The event is sponsored by Diagonal Building Products, Salon Blush, Just Power and Repair, Mobley Angus, and Excel Engineering.
The Tingley community traditionally goes all-out to celebrate Halloween, and this year is even more special.
The annual celebration Saturday, October 30 marks the 75th anniversary of the event sponsored by the Tingley Lions Club.
The day’s events get underway with an on-going scavenger hunt. Entry forms may be picked up at the Community Building Saturday afternoon and returned before 6:00 p.m. at Court ‘n Treat.
Court ‘n Treat for the kids will take place at the tennis court from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
The Tingley Lion’s will hold a soup supper at the Community Building from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The meal will consist of oyster, chili, potato soup, sandwich, bars and water for a free will donation. You will be able to dine in or take out your food. They will also be selling raffle tickets for a fund raiser.
A parade down Main Street will begin at 7:00 p.m. Parade line-up will take place at the ball field. Parade entries must be at the ball field by 6:30 p.m. to be judged.
Parade categories have changed some this year. Categories this year include
• children up to third grade singles;
• children fourth grade up to twelfth singles;
• adult, singles;
• groups of five or fewer;
• groups of more than five;
• small motorized vehicles, floats and tractors.
Parade winners and drawing winners will be announced following the parade in front of post office.
Any parade entries needing directions should contact Lywanda Case at 641-344-3333.
The Mount Ayr Community Junior High and High School Band plans to march in the parade.
Following announcement of parade winners and drawing winners, the Tingley Fire Department will be serving a pulled pork supper at the fire station. Their meal consists of pulled pork, baked beans, bars and water for a free will donation with proceeds going to the fire department.
John McCudden and the Waymore’s Blues Band will be present at the fire station to play for your dancing or listening enjoyment.
There will also be bingo at the Community Building following the parade.
Blockton will hold its community celebration also on Saturday, October 30.
Town-wide trick or treating will begin at 4 p.m. followed by a wiener roasts at the City Shop beginning at 5 p.m.
A kids’ carnival will be held in the Community Hall from 6-7 p.m.
Those who are ill are urged not to attend the celebration.
UCD ‘Trunk or Treat’
The United Church of Diagonal is sponsoring its annual Trunk or Treat Halloween activity.
Trunk or Treat will be held in the parking lot at the church. Anyone in the community interested in participating is welcome to park your vehicle on Halloween, Sunday, October 31, and pass out candy to youngsters from 5 to 7 p.m. from the trunk of your car.
All are encouraged to decorate their trunks, or entire vehicle, and to wear costumes as you pass out Halloween treats, but that is not required. You can come as you are and pass out treats if you wish.
At 7 p.m. everyone is invited to migrate to the fire station for the annual Halloween wiener roast.
All the little goblins can hit their favorite haunts around the community and swing by the church lot where people that do not live in town get to treat them as well, in a safe environment.
Trick or treat nights
Other communities have announced their trick or treat nights:
Kellerton – Friday, October 29 – 6-8 p.m..
Mount Ayr – Sunday, October 31 – 5-7 p.m.
Diagonal – Sunday, October 31 – no set time