Halloween — and Dia de los Muertos — are big deals in Muscatine! We love celebrating these holidays and want to invite you to celebrate them with us this year, so we’ve compiled a list of ways you can do that throughout the month of October. If you’re plan on coming to one (or more!) of these events let us know in the comments!
1) Second Saturday
It’s the last Second Saturday of the 2016 season and we’re going all out to make this event a proper send off for what a fantastic inaugural season it’s been! In addition to our usual fare of numerous arts vendors, food vendors and the open doors of downtown businesses, we’ll be hosting a costume contest on the Oct. 8th Second Saturday. Just wearing a costume will get you entered into a drawing to win prizes! The event starts at 5 p.m. and there will be other fall fun during it as well.
The Muscatine Journal and Monsanto are also presenting a Kids Costume Parade as part of this Second Saturday! Plus there will be trick or treating at participating downtown businesses!
2) Spooktacular Concerts
Enjoy the eeries sounds of the Muscatine High School (MHS) Orchestra’s Spooktacular concert at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 10 at MHS, 2705 Cedar St., followed by the MHS Band’s Spooktacular concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11!
Tickets for the orchestra’s concert are $3 and tickets to the band’s concert are$4 for adults, $2 for students, children 5 and under free, and family group tickets for $10.
3) 28th Annual Halloween Hike
The Muscatine County Conservation Board is holding their 28th Annual Halloween Hike on Friday, Oct. 14! This family-friendly hike introduces hikers to some animals and plants who are “Nature’s Helpers.” The hike takes place at Discovery Park, 3300 Cedar St. The first hike starts at 6:30 p.m. with new hikes starting every 10 minutes until 8 p.m.
Tickets are required and go on sale October 1 at the Environmental Learning Center at Discovery Park.
4) Blithe Spirit
Seances and ghosts abound in these Pearl City Players performances of Noël Coward’s play! Enjoy this spooky story at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15 or at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16 at Central Middle School, 901 Cedar St.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door.
5) Dia de los Muertos
Learn about the Day of the Dead and paint a la Calavera at the Muscatine Art Center! The event takes place from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Art Center, 1314 Mulberry Ave.
The fee is $5 for non-friends and $4.50 for friends.
6) Halloween at the Y
Bring your kids trick or treating at the Muscatine Community Y! This safe, indoor event lets kids enjoy wearing their costumes while playing all kinds of games. This year the event is retro themed.
It’s open to the public for all children 12 and under. A limited number of tickets are available for this event, and they can be purchased at the Y’s Business Desk. Tickets go on sale October 1st and are $1 each.
This year, the event will be held at MCSA, 312 Iowa Ave. from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. You won’t want to miss this opportunity for safe Halloween fun!
7) Trick or Treat at the Market
Visit the Muscatine Area Farmers Market for trick-or-treating, live music, crafts and more on Saturday, Oct. 29! The market opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 11:30 a.m.
Bring the whole family for some Halloween fun and enjoy the produce, handcrafted items, and much, much more that the market always has to share!
8) Downtown Muscatine Pub Crawl
Follow your farmers market visit with this downtown event! The crawl starts at Jody’s Bar, 226 Walnut St., at 2 p.m. Travel to each participating bar to get a stamp on your map, then turn the map in for a prize drawing to win Budweiser prizes and gift certificates from area businesses!
Costumes are welcome though not required unless you want to enter their costume contest!
Click here for more information!
9) Horror Ball with Tony Tone
Join DJ Tony Tone for the Missipi Brew’s annual Horror Ball at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, October 29 at the Brew’s downtown location, 107 Iowa Ave.
The Horror Ball will include a costume contest, food and drink specials for attendees in costume and cash prizes, Brew Bucks, concert tickets more freebies!
10) Trick or Treating
We can’t forget to mention citywide trick or treating! Trick or treating will be held in Muscatine on Monday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Have fun and be safe!
11) In the county…
West Liberty Parks and Recreation is hosting its 2nd Annual Trick or Treat Trail on Monday, Oct. 31 from 5-6 p.m. Pizza will be passed out at the end of the trail at Railroad Park!
The trail starts at West Liberty High School and ends at the Train Depot. All are invited!
(Thanks for reading! Visit our calendar to see more events coming up in Muscatine County!)