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Halloween is coming up next week, but many local events here in West St. Paul are happening this weekend. Here’s a rundown of some of the upcoming Halloween fun in West St. Paul:
- Oct. 26: There’s a Wild Imagination Harvest Party from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Early Learning and Family Resource Center. This free event for young kids includes games and crafts.
- Oct. 26: All Cub grocery stores are having a family-friendly Halloween event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be trick or treating, costume prizes, and pumpkin decorating. The first 100 kids get a free trick or treat bag.
- Oct. 26: Legacy American Martial Arts is hosting a free trunk or treat event from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The fun includes a cider stand and five-minute Nerf wars.
- Oct. 26: The Halloween Hoopla at Dodge Nature Center is from 2 to 5 p.m. Look for trick or treating, hay rides, games, bonfire, dancing, spooky science skits, and more.
- Oct. 26: For some more adult-oriented fun, local band Hot Brockoli returns to Dunham’s for their Halloween barn burner starting at 8 p.m. There will be costume prizes and they’re raising money to pay off school lunch tabs.
- Oct. 27: Avoid messing up your kitchen and head to Amore Coffee for their annual Pumpkin Dissection from 2 to 5 p.m. Bring your own pumpkin.
- Oct. 31: The city’s free Halloween Extravaganza is from 6 to 8 pm. Come for free hot dogs (while they last), trick or treating, costume contest, photo booth, bonfire, and more. The event is free, but a donation of non-perishable food items are encouraged.
- Nov. 1: The fifth annual Halloween Re-Do Epilepsy Fundraising event is at Evolve Workplace at 7 p.m. When 13-year-old West Sider Eli Pearson had a seizure in 2015 and missed Halloween, his family and friends organized a re-do. The event raised money for the Minnesota Epilepsy Foundation. Pearson had brain surgery last month and is recovering. This year’s donations will go to Pearson’s medical expenses, with any excess going to the Minnesota Epilepsy Foundation.
- Nov. 2: Recycle those jack-o-lanterns before they get too shriveled. Head to Wakota Federal Credit Union in South St. Paul from 1 to 3 p.m. for free pumpkin composting.
(Did we miss any local events? Let us know.)
And if you really want to see something scary, check out our critical wastewater infrastructure that’s more than 50 years old. Nothing more frightening than sewage. Earlier this week, city council members took state officials on a tour of one of our lift stations in desperate need of repair, hoping to get some state dollars during the next session.
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