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Halloween Party features magician

Area hours for Trick or Treat

By Angie Landsverk

The Waupaca Parks and Recreation Department will present its fifth annual Halloween Party from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at the Waupaca Recreation Center.

The center will be closed until 3 p.m. that day so staff may prepare for the event, said Andrew Whitman, the city’s recreation programmer.

An addition to this year’s party will be Pinkerton Xyloma.

He is a juggler, magician and fire eater who also leads a vaudeville troupe out of Milwaukee.

“He will be walking around doing magic tricks. At 4 p.m., he will do a show on the stage,” Whitman said. “He’ll be here the whole time, doing tricks, magic. It will be a complete event.”

Whitman said those involved in the planning of the party wanted to have “something new and interesting this year.”

The Halloween Party is a free community event.

It will also include an apple tasting event, face painting, Dizzy D. Balloons, games and crafts.

The apple tasting, another addition to the party, will take place throughout the whole two hours, Whitman said.

“We’re trying to get the community involved,” he said.

Farm to School and NuAct will set up the apple tasting booth at the Halloween Party.

Families will get to taste-test three different kinds of apples from Christensen’s Orchard and vote on their favorite one, learn about the different varieties and go home with a bag of their favorite kind.

The Waupaca Community Health Action Team donated $300 to purchase the apples.

There will also be apple cider to sample from Christensen’s, in addition to other apple recipes to take home.

Waupaca’s Parks and Recreation Department will again have a coloring contest for youngsters.

Whitman said the coloring sheets will be handed out at school, or parents may print the sheets for the rec department’s website.

“There will be prizes for the top three in each age group,” he said. “Color and return them to the rec center. We will have them all on display.”

Past attendance at the department’s Halloween Party has been around 300.

“It’s a really neat community event. It’s just a safe place for kids to come and celebrate Halloween,” Whitman said. “That’s why we do it. Watch some fire eating, get some balloons, taste some apples, play some games. What’s not to like.”

Trick or Treat hours

• Iola: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.
• Scandinavia: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.
• Fremont: 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.
• Weyauwega: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30.
• Manawa: 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
• Ogdensburg: 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
• Waupaca: 5-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.

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