Halloween seems to get bigger every year. This year, with the holiday falling on a Friday, there seems to be plenty to do, whether for young children or the scare-proof seen-it-alls. Here are just some of contests, concerts and family activities in store.
Apache Mall will hold its annual mall-wide trick-or-treat event from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Children of all ages are welcome. For safety reasons, masks are only allowed on children ages 12 or younger.
Charter House, 2111 Second Street N.W., Rochester, will be handing out candy and other goodies from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Each child will have his or her picture taken with the Queen of Pumpkins. Doughnuts holes and punch will also be served.
Calvary Baptist, 5905 Silas Dent Road N.W., Rochester, will hold its annual Trunk and Treats starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. There will be face painting, Halloween games, safe family events and, of course, candy.
There will be a Halloween Festival and Haunted Maze at The Place, 1026 E. Center St., Rochester. The festival runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday. Kids and families are invited for free indoor trick-or-treating, family fun, games, prizes, Mayo Brainwaves, and a haunted maze. Free will donations will be accepted for costs of building the haunted maze.
You can sing your favorite Halloween song on Friday night at American Legion Post 92, 315 First Ave. N.W., Rochester. Typically on Friday nights, the Legion brings in a band, but this week, the bar will open up its stage for scary karaoke. Along with singing, there will also be prizes given away for best costume and most creative costume.
Top Shots, 310 S. Broadway, Rochester, will be giving out cash prizes, gift certificates and Double D’s Designated Driver rides to customers who wear the best costume on Friday night. Judging will take place at midnight. There will also be drink specials throughout the night.
Charlie’s Pub and Eatery, 1408 Second St. S.W., Rochester, will hold a Halloween karaoke party starting at 9 p.m. on Friday night. Along with the singing, there will be witch’s brew, drawings and pumpkins.
Lost Highway will play its hit songs, “Truck, Beer, Girl, Party,” “Hillbilly Business,” “Tubin,'” “More Than A Song” and others at 8 p.m. Friday at the Wicked Moose Bar and Grill, 1201 Eastgate Dr. S.E., Rochester. Tickets are $10 and available at www.wickedmoosebarandgrill.com.
The Chubs will play classic hits on Friday night at the VFW Club 1215, 16 Sixth St. S.W., Rochester. The concert starts at 8 p.m., and there is no cover charge. At 6 p.m., there will be a fright night raffle with prizes ranging from $50 to $500. There will also be a costume contest with prizes.
The Evergreen Grass Band will play Kathy’s Pub, 307 S. Broadway, Rochester, at 8 p.m. on Friday. The Evergreen Grass Band is a Wisconsin-based four-piece (guitar, bass, banjo and mandolin) group, who has been playing an aggressive blend of bluegrass, punk, rock and roll, jam and country. There is no cover charge.
Ponderosa Bar and Grill, 40240 Wabasha County Road 90, Mazeppa, will hold a Halloween party with Dave Lampert and the Motivators on the stage at 8:30 p.m. Prizes will be handed for best costume.
Glynner’s, 1643 N Broadway, Rochester, will hold a costume contest between music by Royal-T, who plays rock and roll, country and the oldies. The music starts at 8 p.m.
Blue Moon Ballroom, 2030 U.S. 14 East, Rochester, will host a Halloween Dance from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday. Although there will be some creepy tunes, there will also be plenty of swing, blues, pop, country, rock, Latin, ballroom and tango music. There will be a costume contest and refreshments. Dance lessons are offered at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company will recreate the famous War of the Worlds radio show at 9 p.m. Friday at 14 Fourth St. S.W., Rochester. The skit recreates the well-known radio play about an alien invasion of Earth. Originally performed on Halloween 1938, its news bulletin broadcast style and dramatic delivery by Orson Wells created a show that some at the time interpreted as a factual broadcast of breaking news. Tickets are $5 at the door.
A haunted house, at 1010 11th St. S.E., Rochester, is open from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween night. The house has three areas, ranging from child-friendly to teen thriller.
Monster Bash Haunted House at Harmony Community Center, located at 225 Third Ave. S.E. in Harmony. Open from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The cost is $8 per person; children 4 and under are free.