6 not-so-spooky, local events on or around Halloween


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For those looking for a way to keep their candy-fueled kids busy this weekend, here's a selection of family-friendly events in the South-West Review area. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments, or send us an email at southwest@lillienews.com.

West St. Paul Halloween Bonfire

The city of West St. Paul is offering a free Halloween Bonfire, open to the public at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the West St. Paul Sports Complex, 1650 Oakdale Ave. It includes a huge bonfire, free hotdogs (while supplies last) and an outdoor showing of classic Halloween movies. 

The city's inviting kids of all ages to enjoy a safe, easy and fun-filled Halloween night.

In previous years, it's been held at Harmon Park. Due to park renovations and construction, the location this year has been changed. The city says there's plenty of parking and space for everyone to enjoy the festivities.

Bonfire in Mendota

Get ready for a big blaze. The 2014 Halloween Bonfire is 7-9 p.m. Oct. 31 at Mendota Plaza, 750 Hwy. 110. The community event includes free hotdogs and soda, compliments of the Mendota Heights Fire Department. Paster Enterprises and Mendota Plaza merchants will be handing out free goodie bags.

The firefighters will build a large bonfire out of brush donated by community residents.

Residents will be allowed to deposit brush in the designated area between the Mendota Plaza Shopping Mall and South Plaza Drive 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 25 through Oct. 30, until the site is full. Brush must be less than four inches in diameter. Grass clippings leaves, construction debris or other materials will not be accepted. 

The Halloween Bonfire is a complimentary event that is open to the public. More information about the event can be found at www.mendota-heights.com.

South St. Paul's Halloween Get-Together

South St. Paul's 13th Annual Great Halloween Get-together is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31 on Marie Avenue.

Trick-or-treat your way down the transformed Marie Avenue starting at 7th Avenue to the 4th Avenue and back. The city and area business and organizations are hoping to offer a safe and fun community-wide halloween celebration in South St. Paul. Last year, close to 2,500 youth and adults participated, the city says.

For more information, contact Deb Griffith, community affairs liaison, at 651-554-3230 or deb.griffith@southstpaul.org

Witch storytime in Inver Grove Heights

Inver Glen Library in Inver Grove Heights will be hosting a Storytime with Willicent Witch on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 8098 Blaine Ave. E.

Wear your costume and join Willicent Witch for a special not-so-scary Halloween storytime. Get a balloon animal and your face painted. All ages are welcome. 

For more information, call the Dakota County Inver Glen Library at 651-554-6840, or visit the website at www.dakotacounty.us/library.

LeDuc offers special tours

Even though the guided tour season at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion St., Hastings, has closed, Candlelight Tours are available on Oct. 30 and 31, 6-9 p.m.  These are family-friendly tours and regular tour rates apply.

There will be a guided tour at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. If yours is a group larger than 5, call for a reservation at 651-437-7055. There will be a bit of the macabre (but not scary) and children are invited to wear Halloween costumes. Some very special treats will be offered, and these evening openings will be an opportunity for guests to enter the LeDuc house through the doors of this Gothic Revival house.

The LeDuc Historic Estate is owned by the City of Hastings and managed by Dakota County Historical Society. For further information, visit www.dakotahistory.org. 

Recycle your pumpkin in South St. Paul, West St. Paul

Recycle your pumpkin — the South St. Paul Mayor's Youth Task Force way 1-3 p.m. Nov. 1 (the day after Halloween) at the South St. Paul High School Football Practice Field. The task force has secured a catapult to toss your pumpkin to see how far it will fly. Those who hit the targets witll have a chance to win a gift certificate. Over $100 in prizes will be awarded. Non-perishable food items or monetary donations to Neighbors, Inc. will be accepted to catapult your pumpkin. 

Just want to recycle your pumpkin? Pumpkins will be free to recycle. Don't have a pumpkin? A limited number of pumpkins will be available to purchase with funds going to Neighbors, Inc. For additional information, contact Deb Griffith, community affairs liaison at deb.griffith@southstpaul.org or 651 554-3230.  

There will also be pumpkin recycling offered at West St. Paul City Hall, 1616 Humbolt Ave., West St. Paul 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 1. Pumpkins will be used for animal feed. All candle wax must be removed. Painted pumpkins will not be accepted. The recycling is partially funded by the Dakota County Board of Commissioners and sponsored by Dick's Sanitation, Inc., the city of West St. Paul and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. 

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