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Trick or treat

Halloween activities carry on in spite of pandemic

Halloween is here and Hamilton County communities are gearing up to offer trick-or-treaters as normal an experience as possible in these challenging days.

Here are a few of the Halloween events planned for Hamilton County this year.

Ellsworth — Trick-or-treating hours in Ellsworth are 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31

Jewell — Main Street businesses will host trick-or-treating beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31; Free hot dogs will be served at the Fire Station beginning at 6 p.m.; Residential trick-or-treating will continue until 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Kamrar — Saturday, Oct. 31, trick or treaters will be out and about from 5 to 7 p.m. in Kamrar.

Stanhope — The City of Stanhope has established Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. as the official trick-or-treating times.

Stratford — Trick-or-treating in Stratford is set for Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Williams — Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. has been set for trick-or-treating in Williams. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will also provide goodies for children for 5 – 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at the church. In conjunction with the holiday, the Williams Lions Club will host a drive-by meal at the Williams Fire Station from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Halloween.

Webster City — Friday, Oct. 30, a Spooktacular Halloween event at Southfield Wellness Community, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Children can dress in costume and parade outside the care center and assisted living parking lot. Those attending are asked to wear masks and follow posted COVID guidelines.

Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation has decided not to participate in trick or treating this year due to COVID-19, according to a post on their Facebook page. But the center did ask families and staff members to email photos of children in costumes to crestviewactivities@yahoo.com to show the residents.

Ready for a good scare? Webster City will have its very own haunted attraction this Halloween. The Haunted Barn opens to the public Friday and Saturday from 7-10 p.m. It is located five miles East of town on old highway 20 at the Dave and Shelly Bergeson acreage. The Bergesons and their adult scream team actors invite you to come out to this fundraiser to support our area youth. A $6 suggested free will donation per person will be taken at the door with all profits going to Webster City Boy Scout Troop 17. Masks and hand sanitizer are required upon entry, with groups of no more than ten taken thru at a time. Groups will wait in their vehicles until it’s time to enter. Not recommended for children under the age of 5.

Residential trick-or-treating will take place Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. There is no Merchant Trick-or-treating this year in Webster City.

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