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Mitchell Halloween fans have many options

There's a litany of Halloween celebrations occurring in Mitchell this weekend, ranging from sweet to scary. Here's a rundown of what's going on: Downtown trick-or-treat For days, there has been a scary buzz creeping across Mitchell's Main Street....

Skeletons, goblins and ghouls will greet the visitors of Woelfel Jewelry this week. The staff has turned the shop in to a spooky haunted house for the fourth year in a row and welcomes trick-or-treaters during the downtown event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. (Sheila Slater / Republic )
Skeletons, goblins and ghouls will greet the visitors of Woelfel Jewelry this week. The staff has turned the shop in to a spooky haunted house for the fourth year in a row and welcomes trick-or-treaters during the downtown event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. (Sheila Slater / Republic )

There's a litany of Halloween celebrations occurring in Mitchell this weekend, ranging from sweet to scary. Here's a rundown of what's going on:

Downtown trick-or-treat

For days, there has been a scary buzz creeping across Mitchell's Main Street.

Retailers have been busy preparing for Halloween weekend, unpacking scary clowns, witches, skeletons, ghouls and goblins, prepping and decorating for celebrations around Halloween.

All ages are welcome for this trick-or-treat tradition on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m., and all 25 participating downtown stores have posted flyers in their windows.

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Woelfel Haunted House

Running at the same time as the downtown trick-or-treating, the employees at Woelfel Jewelry in Mitchell put a lot of effort into morphing their store into a haunted house. The first thing the passersby will see is an eerie doll swinging from the trees at Uptown Park in front of a mock graveyard with faux stones.

Inside Woelfel's store, countless talking heads, creepy baby-dolls, clowns, and famed paper-mache creatures await the stronghearted.

In its fourth year, the Woelfel staff looks forward to presenting its chilling friends to kids young and old rewarding them with plenty of candy on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Trunk or Treat

For the 19th year in a row, one of the most popular trick-or-treating events in the city will be Saturday at the Mitchell Middle School parking lot. The Trunk or Treat event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. and is for children from preschool age to second grade. Participants and organization volunteers are encouraged to dress up, while promoting a safe place to have fun and give out candy.

Businesses are suggested to be in the parking lot by 3:30 p.m., and encouraged to decorate their vehicle for the event. Businesses and non-profits interested in helping out can bring candy or make donations to the Mitchell Middle School to help the cause.

Haunted Trail

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At the Reclamation-Ranch, five miles south of Mitchell at 40787 259th Street, owner Crystal Young and designer Amber Hiles created a haunted trail that's not intended for the fainthearted.

The gates of the quarter-mile outdoor trail will open for two days starting Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, Oct 27, from 7 to 11 p.m. promising a gory experience. Thirty creepy volunteers from the ranch and sister organization Helping with Horsepower will be on hand to haunt their visitors. The Back 40 Taphouse and Grill has set up a shuttle bus to the trail, departing Friday evening at 7 and 8 p.m.

"People are encouraged to dress warm and bring a flashlight; cell phones will not be allowed on the trail," Hiles said.

The nighttime trail hours are not recommended for children and anyone under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Online tickets are $5; gate tickets are $7; and there is a group rate of eight tickets for $30.

All proceeds of the event will benefit the Helping with Horsepower Therapeutic Riding Program at the Reclamation-Ranch, a program designed to assist individuals with special needs.

Woelfel's Jewlery Store has morphed in to a spooky place displaying creepy dolls, including the famed Slender Man. The Woelfel team is excited to welcome trick-or-treaters to its Haunted House on Saturday, Oct. 27, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (Sheila Slater / Republic )
Woelfel's Jewlery Store has morphed in to a spooky place displaying creepy dolls, including the famed Slender Man. The Woelfel team is excited to welcome trick-or-treaters to its Haunted House on Saturday, Oct. 27, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (Sheila Slater / Republic )

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