Fall is upon us, and that means Halloween is approaching fast. Candy and costumes are the focus for most on Oct. 31, but if you’re looking to find activities to share with family and friends throughout the month leading up to the holiday, Cottage Grove has many things to offer this year.
Zywiec’s Garden Center on Highway 61 will be rolling out a host of options. For those who wish to keep things light, family-friendly, and non-spooky, starting Oct. 8 in the afternoons Zywiec’s will be offering hayrides, sand art, coloring, a goat petting and feeding zoo, and a “no-scare, lights-on” haunted house.
If you want to go to the dark side, Zywiec’s Haunting Experience is running Oct. 7-31 on Friday and Saturday nights from 7-11 p.m., with extra dates added in the final week of the month. For urday nights from 7-11 p.m., with extra dates added in the final week of the month. For 36 years, their long-standing Haunted Hayride has raised goosebumps on attendees. Add a trip through their terrifying Haunted House if you are feeling lucky. This is where to go for a scare. Tickets are available at www.HauntingExperience. com. For a fun, family-oriented outing, check out the Skating Spooktacular, held at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena on Oct. 26, at both 5-6 p.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m. The arena will be festooned with lights, fog, and music for a unique Halloween experience on skates. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www. CottageGroveMN.gov/ TicketSales.
Next up, the Strawberry Fest Committee is hosting its annual Monster Bash Parade on Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. The parade route will be on East Point Douglas Road South. All are welcome, so feel free to dress up and mingle with all the other local monsters who turn out for the event. Costumes will be judged for an award, but in order to be considered you must register in advance to be entered at www.Cottage-GroveStrawberryFest. com.
Also on Oct. 29, residents can head over to Shepard Farm for their Halloween Extravaganza from 12-4 p.m. There will be music, creatures, treats, and science-oriented skits. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10, or $8 with advance purchase pricing at www.DodgeNatureCenter. org/Event/Halloween- Extravaganza. Once the holiday is over and you find yourself with a collection of pumpkins that need a new forever home, Peter Thompson Park will host the second annual Cottage Grove Recreation Pumpkin Chuck on Nov. 3 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Come chuck your pumpkins in a safe and clean manner and say goodbye to Halloween in style.