The Hiawatha Parks and Recreation is gearing up for a ghoulish Halloween celebration with a variety of events planned.
While HP&R is bringing back some favorites — such as Glow on the Go, Pumpkin Palooza To Go, The Great Pumpkin Relay and Trunk or Treat — there are a few new Halloween scares up the sleeve of HP&R Director Stacy Jasper.
Festival of Frights: Kicking off the Hiawatha Halloween Frolic with a twist on the Terror on the Trail from the past few years is the Festival of Frights at the Fisher Center. Participants are invited to join HP&R for a haunting experience of thrills and chills as they wind their way through the Fisher Center — if they dare! This event is set for 7:30-10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26 and again Thursday, Oct. 28. There is a gate admission.
Glow on the Go: This fun Halloween activity is set for 8:45 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Hiawatha City Lake. Participants are invited to join in a family and pet friendly neon fun walk. The route will follow the gravel paths around the lake, starting and finishing at the 4-H shelter on the south side. there will be designated parking. There is a cost per person that includes glow sticks. There will be music, a photo booth and lots of glow. Neon costumes are encouraged. Deadline to register is Wednesday, Sept. 29. Call Stacy and Maryann at 742-7176 to register.
Monster Maze: Stop by the Fisher Center between 5-7 p.m. Oct. 18-21 for a family friendly Monster Maze. There is a small cost for these event and participants are encouraged to enjoy the maze of Halloween inflatables and spooky fun!
Pumpkin Palooza To Go!: This event is set for 3:30-4:30 p.m. pick-up time on Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Fisher Center. Sign-up now for a Pumpkin Palooza To-Go kit full of crafts, pumpkin decorations and pre-packaged treats. There is a cost per kit and anyone wanting one needs to register by Monday, Oct. 11 by 5 p.m. Call Stacy and Maryann at 742-7176 to reserve your kit.
The Great Pumpkin Mile Relay & Fun Run: This event will be at 4 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the Hiawatha Middle School track. What better way to start your Halloween week than with a fun, family friendly race. there will be two races this year — a mile fun run and a mile team fun run of 2-4 people. The Mile Fun Run consists of carrying an HP&R pumpkin for four laps around the track. The Mile Team Relays consist of either two people running a total of two laps each of four people running one lap each. There is a cost and everyone will receive a pumpkin to take home, a finisher medal and lots of treats. Fun for all ages. Individual and team costumes encouraged. Relay pumpkins provided by HP&R. Call Stacy or Maryann at 742-7176 to register or stop by the Fisher Center by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20.
HP&R Trunk or Treat: The HP&R is planning a Halloween Day Trunk-or-Treat from 3-5 p.m. at the Fisher Center parking lot on Oct. 31. Families are invited to come out for a fun, safe afternoon of trick-or-treating at each of the creative and spooky trunks in the lot at 201 E. Iowa Street. Trunks are needed for this event — register by calling 742-7176 to secure a parking spot. Event information will be emailed to decorators, prizes awarded to the spookiest, most creative and crowd favorite. Register by Oct. 25.
Witches’ Night Out: The Hiawatha Parks and Recreation is joining forces with the Hiawatha Chamber and Visitors Bureau for a fun ladies night out on Halloween night from 6-8 p.m. Dig out your favorite witches costume for the occasion and leave your handsome ghouls and little goblins at home and join for some wicked fun at the Fisher Center. More details to come!
Contact the HP&R at 742-7176 or stop by the Fisher Center during regular business hours for information on any of these programs or other questions.