Best Bets: A spooky fun Halloween weekend

Published 10:47 am Thursday, October 27, 2016

Austin is in the holiday spirit as several Halloween events are planned to get the young ghouls and goblins out around town.

1. Mower County 4-H Ambassadors Haunted House

7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the 4-H Building, Mower County Fairgrounds.

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This annual haunted returns and is open to the public for ages 8 and older. Cost is $5 per person or $20 for a family of four. Enjoy a cup of cider and a cookie while you wait. Activities are available for younger attendees. For more information, call 507-437-9552.

2. Exploring Abstract Art with Watercolor and Acrylics

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Austin ArtWorks Center

This class by James Wegner is available for ages 18 and up for $150, which includes supplies. For more information, call 507-434-0934.

3. 2016 Austin Police Department Public Auction

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Packer Arena

The Austin Police Department holds its annual auction to sell off unclaimed items, including vehicles, bikes and more. For more information, go to or

4. Fourth annual Fun Fest

10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday around downtown Austin

The annual event featuring a costume contest, Halloween crafts and fun, trick or treating and more returns to downtown Austin. The event is sponsored by Vision 2020’s Downtown Committee.

5. Music @ the Bank: Part Time Ex’s

7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Austin ArtWorks Center.

Austin High School grad Jon Stowell & Part Time Ex’s make their southern Minnesota debut. Stowell will perform a short solo acoustic set followed by a full band performance with Part Time Ex’s (also featuring other Austin High School grads). Cost is $5 at the door with a cash bar available. For more information, call 507-434-0934.

6. Scandinavian Dinner

11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church.

As part of the church’s sesquicentennial activities for 2017, St. Olaf tradition of a Scandinavian dinner will return. Enjoy a meal of hand-rolled Scandinavian meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, glazed carrots, coleslaw, cranberry relish, lefse, dinner rolls, and Scandinavian pastries. Three seatings will be at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. For more information, call 507-438-5812 or 507-433-9112.

7. Haunted Hallways

1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Pacelli Elementary School

Children of all ages can trick or treat through the halls of Pacelli Elementary School as PTCA volunteers provided a fun and safe event with trick or treating, games and activities, and a spooky floor for the older kids.

8. Austin Symphony Orchestra: Heroes

2 p.m. Sunday in Knowlton Auditorium, Austin High School

Austin Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2016-17 season. The first show of the 60th anniversary season will feature an afternoon of movie favorites and musical classics with assistance from the Matchbox Children’s Theatre. Season tickets available as are senior and college student rates. For more, go to

9. Halloween Dinner

Noon Monday at the Mower County Senior Center

Everyone welcome! Costumes optional, with a prize for the best one. Fun meal – spider salad, bloody meatloaf feet, potato brains, decaying candied carrots, and a bloody eyeball for dessert – photo ops, and fun! Cost is $7.50 for members, $8.50 for non-members. For more information or to sign up, stop by the Senior Center front desk or call 507-433-2370.

10. Trick or treating at St. Mark’s

4-5 p.m. Monday in the St. Mark’s Chapel

St. Mark’s will welcome trick-or-treaters on Halloween. It’s also accepting candy donations from local businesses to sponsor the event. If a business donates candy we will advertise their business at the event.