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Local haunts

Haunted Hawthorne

This 10-minute walk-through maze at 827 Hawthorne St. in Cloquet returns for another year.

There’s candy at the end and you can buy a $5 raffle ticket to win a T-shirt. It’s free, and donations are accepted. Do the haunt 7-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through the end of the month.

Carlton mazes

The Haunted Shack and Haunted Ridge are open their final three nights Oct. 28-30. Hours are 7-9 p.m. Thursday, and 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets: $15 per person, cash or check only. Save $2 off the admission price with a nonperishable food item donation. Save $5 with the donation of a coat for the coat drive.

The Ru-Ridge Corn Maze, at 1781 County Road 1 in Carlton, is open Thursday-Sunday. It offers an 8-acre corn maze, straw bale maze, a petting zoo, games, hayrides, horse rides, corn pits and more. Tickets are $8 to get in; hayrides are $3 and horse rides are $5. Admission with a family pack, for groups of four or more, is $10 per person and includes everything except horse rides.

Dress for the weather.

Go to hauntedshack.com for details and visit hauntedshack.com/hauntedRidge for other activities or visit the Facebook pages for Haunted Shack, Ru-Ridge Corn Maze and Haunted Ridge.

Halloween Spooktacular

The County Seat’s Halloween Spooktacular will take place Friday and Saturday in the back parking lot of the Cloquet theater. It’s a two-part offering: The night begins with a drive-thru haunt down Spooktacular Alley beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Spectators will view entertaining and spooky scenes from the safety of their cars while listening to recorded ghost stories told by actors on a car radio frequency. Once parked, audience members can partake in a number of events in the back lot, including concessions, goodie bags for kids, free hot chocolate, a silent movie and various Halloween activities.

The evening will conclude with a 25-minute Halloween variety show on the outdoor stage beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 per car. Call the box office at 218-878-0071 to reserve your spot.

Downtown treats

Carlton’s downtown businesses welcome trick-or-treaters 1-3 p.m. on Halloween. Look for scarecrows throughout the district as well.


Children in sixth grade and younger are invited to Chilloween at the Cromwell Park Pavilion 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, and must come with an adult. Festivities for those in seventh grade and above will run 8-10 p.m. The evening will include snacks, music, dancing, games, costume contests and face painting. Bring already-carved pumpkins to enter a contest.

Barnum party

Barnum Community Education will host a free Halloween party for children at the Barnum Fire Hall 5-7 p.m. Sunday.

Trunk or treat

Grace Church Trunk-or-Treat 4-6 p.m. Sunday, 601 14th St., Cloquet. Open to children and teens in the community and their parents/guardians.

Trunk-or-treat 5-6 p.m. Sunday at the Jim Erickson Football Field courtesy of Carlton High School students. Please park in the school parking lot and walk to the football field.