BOO! The Halloween season is here! You’ve raked the leaves and ordered one too many pumpkin spice lattes, it’s time to get out there and enjoy all the fall / Halloween activities that are taking place in the Sioux Falls area! Here is a list of Halloween events happening through Oct. 31. Happy Halloween, you sassy goblins!
Siouxland Heritage Museum has already begun hosting its Haunted Sioux Falls Tours. Tours begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, 23 and 30. There also will be a tour at 4 p.m. Oct. 28. Tickets are $10, and tours take off from the Old Courthouse Museum. Call 367-4210 for ticket information.
The spooktacular Sioux Falls Jaycees Haunted House is located inside the Fine Arts Building at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds. The spooks begin Thursday, Oct. 18 and continue through Oct. 31. Doors open at 6:30 p.m, and the fun starts at 7, and tickets are $8 or $ 6 with a canned good. FYI, pregnant women are not allowed inside the haunted house ( ! whaaaaaaa ?! Are they worried about spooking mamas into labor? Good gracious.) Here is a complete time schedule:
Oct. 18, 22-25 and 29-30: 6:30-10 p.m.
Oct. 19-20 and 26-27: 6:30 p.m. to midnight
Oct. 28 (Kids Day): 1-3 p.m.
Oct. 31: 6:30-11 p.m.
Siouxland Heritage Museum’s Ghosts and Graves Tour will be held Oct. 18-20. The lantern-lit tour meets at Woodlawn Cemetery and tells eerie stories of local family history. Eeek! The tours start at 6:30, 6:50, 7:10, 7:30 and 7:50 p.m. Additional tours will begin at 8:10 p.m. on Oct. 19 and 20. Tickets are $10 and need to be bought and picked up at the Old Courthouse Museum before going on the tour. Tours are obviously held outside, so bundle up, and they will last about an hour. No kiddos younger than 12 years old are recommended. Call 367-4210 for more ticket information.
The Washington Pavilion will host Spooky Science Night inside the Kirby Science Discovery Center Oct. 19-20. The fun, family-friendly weekend is an annual event, and the theme this year is “A Stroll Through Storyland,” featuring magical worlds from classic books like “Winnie the Pooh” or “Harry Potter.” Spooky Science Night also will include edible bugs, the Slime-a-Tron, candy and hands-on activities and experiments, and costumes are encouraged, of course. Hours are 5-8:30 p.m. on both that Friday and Sat. night, and tickets are $9 and $6 for Pavilion members. Ages 2 and younger are free.
The Zoo Boo at the Great Plains Zoo will be held 5:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 3:30-7 p.m. Oct. 27-28. Kids in costume can enjoy treat tents, surprises, hand-carved Jack-O-Lanterns and a pumpkin patch, and the entire event is held outside, so wear a warm costume!
DANCE Ballroom & Studio will host a Halloween Costume Party and Dance at 8 p.m. Oct. 26. The annual event begins with a swing dance lesson and also includes Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the Time Warp. There’ll be prizes for the best costume, and all singles, groups of friends and couples are welcomes. Tickets are $10 at the door.
If you’re brave enough, don’t miss the sixth annual Spooky Trail in Garretson. The half-mile “horror hike” will take place in Split Rock Park and will be open from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27. Tickets are $5, and ages 10 and younger must have an adult present. The trail is sponsored by the Garretson Jesse James Players.
Join the fourth annual Trick or Treat Trail Run beginning at 10 a.m. Oct. 27! Runners can participate in a 5K or 10K, and the course will have chip timing. Register early at www.allsportcentral.com (if you register by Oct. 21, you’ll get a free long-sleeve T-shirt!), and meet at Pasley Park on Oct. 27 for the run. Don’t forget to wear a costume, of course! Halloween costumes are highly encouraged, and prizes will be given out for scariest, best male/female, best couple, best group and best kids costume. After the race, enjoy music by a live DJ! Prizes will be awarded for the top three male and female finishers for each race.
Along with Sioux Falls’ annual Zombie Walk, downtown is adding a parade to the Halloween mix this year! On Saturday, Oct. 27, anyone in costume is welcome to precede the zombies in a "Boo Falls" Halloween Parade taking place down Phillips Avenue. So the zombies will walk during the parade, and the streets will be closed off for the event! FUN. After the parade, Skelly’s and Vishnu Bunny will host live music throughout the night. Here is a complete schedule:
11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Register for the parade
1-4:30 p.m.: “Get dead” (put your makeup on) at Skelly’s or Vishnu Bunny Tattoo
5-6 p.m.: First-ever Boo Falls Halloween Parade and Zombie Walk
6:15 p.m.: Costume winners announced
7 p.m.: Live music begins at Skelly’s and Vishnu Bunny Tattoo
The Old Courthouse Museum will host its annual Halloween Party from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Kiddos can enjoy trick-or-treating through the galleries, a costume contest and crafts throughout the night, and the event is free.
The Heartland Country Corn Maze off Highway 11 near Harrisburg has been open all season! The 11-acre corn maze is in the shape of two owls this year, and there are maze maps to follow while finding hidden checkpoints. You can visit 5-9 p.m. Fridays, noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays or noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. If you’re up for a scare, you can also visit during the Haunted Maze, featuring spooks, chain saws and ghosts! Hours for the special scary maze are 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27. Admission anytime is $7 adults, $5 for children and free for ages 4 and younger.
You also can visit the corn maze at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Campground from 5-9 p.m. Fridays, noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. The maze covers 7 acres and is fun for all ages. Bring a flashlight or just let the moonlight be your guide! Don’t forget to enjoy the massive jumping pillow at Yogi Bear, too!
Happy Halloween, my fellow ghouls!