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Halloween will be a scream in Afton

Afton Area Business Association’s Trick or Treat Trail will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Submitted photo)

Afton will be the place to be for Halloween frights and fun, with two separate events.

“It’s the perfect Halloween town with the old buildings,” said Deb Larson of the Afton Area Business Association (AABA).

The AABA will once against host the Trick or Treat Trail .

The trail will open Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Trick or Treat Trail, now in its third year, has children “trick or treat” to Afton businesses along St. Croix Trail South.

Children are encouraged to wear their costumes, Larson said.

In addition to free treats, several stops along the trail include crafts and activities including cookie decorating, bracelet making, “ghostly games” and face painting.

The Trick or Treat Trail has a total of 18 stops along the four-block stretch.

A few of the more unique stops, Larson said, will be Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour, the Old School Art Studio and the Afton Historical Museum.

At Selma’s, children will be able to play a few “ghostly games,” Larson said, but the big draw will be the screaming contest.

“The kids will literally be screaming for ice cream,” she said.

The screaming contest will be held at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Over at Old School Art Studio, children will be able to venture into a “haunted art studio.”

The Afton Historical Museum will offer complimentary pumpkin decorating.

The museum has a limited supply of pumpkins though, so come early, museum director Stan Ross said.

“Kids get to use candy to decorate the pumpkins,” he said.

Larson said last year’s Trick or Treat Trail drew about 250 visitors and she is hoping for as many, if not more, for this year.

“It’s a perfect little Halloween street,” she said. “It’s another chance to trick or treat and wear your costume.”

Frights for adults

For those who like “tricks” more than “treats,” the Afton Historical Museum has you covered.

On Halloween night, Oct. 31, the museum will host its third annual haunted house from 6-7:30 p.m.

This year’s theme is “”Dungeon of Doom.”

“It’s going to be very scary, very dark,” Ross said.

Ross said this year’s haunted house will be held in the museum’s basement, which will be set up like a torture chamber and dungeon. 

“We’re going to try and make it as spooky and scary as possible,” he said.

The haunted house, which is free, is reserved for teenagers and adults however, Ross said.

“This is not for little kids,” he said. “A few years ago we had some little kids come in and they left crying.”

Ross said he hopes this year’s haunted house proves to be as successful as those from previous years.

“We go out of our way to make it spooky,” he said, “So, there’s a lot of screaming going on, which is kind of fun.”

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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