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Sussex turns into Halloween wonderland this weekend

Spooky Sussex, Eagles Ridge treats this weekend

Oct. 23, 2012

Village of Sussex - Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of trick-or-treaters of all ages are going to be entertained this weekend at two large Halloween events in the village.

Spooky Sussex is a village-sponsored family friendly event geared to youngsters 12 and under that will take place between 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Village Park on Main Street.

The next evening, Saturday Oct. 27, the long-standing tradition of trick-or-treat at the Eagle's Ridge subdivision that includes hundreds of youngsters and adults is from 6 to 8 p.m., the designated trick-or-treat hours for the village.

Scores of youngsters, many of them in elaborate costumes, walk the neighborhood seeking trick-or-treat goodies from their neighbors.

Parents stand along the streets, on sidewalks, or in driveways, some with barbeques grills and portable fire pits, watching over the youngsters and chatting with neighbors while sharing brats, potato chips, and other tailgate delicacies including Wisconsin's favorite beverage.

The event began about 15 years ago when trick-or-treat hours in the village were observed during daylight hours because of concerns for the safety of the children, according to former Village President Tony Lipinski, a resident of the subdivision.

A group of mothers in the then newly developed subdivision asked village officials if children in the subdivision could observe trick-or-treat during early evening hours. Village officials said OK on the condition there would be an adult stationed on every corner of Clover Drive. Thus began the traditional of Halloween on Clover Drive, the main street in the subdivision that extends from Highway 164 east to Maple Avenue.

Spooky Sussex is being observed for a second year as a result of the success of last year's event.

"Last year, we had about 200 people sign up for it in advance and about 350 showed up. This year we already have about 400 people signed up," explained Village Administrator Jeremy Smith.

Adults and youngsters need to register in advance if they want to participate in the pumpkin carving and enjoy the Halloween treats of hot dogs and soft drinks that go along with the pumpkin carving event that includes a $5 fee.

The event will also include a costume contest for kids. In addition, there will be wagon rides and a lighted haunted trail. There will be a $1 fee for the wagon rides.

The event will be held rain or shine so visitors are advised to dress for the weather.

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Lake Country Players present “The Diary of Anne Frank”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. $13 - $18 (262) 367-4697, www.lakecountryplayhouse.net.

Cottonwood Wayside Nature and Education Center Grand Opening: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 4, Cottonwood Wayside Nature and Education Center, 901 Cottonwood Ave., Hartland. Features the new chimney which will be home to more than 1,000 displaced chimney swift birds. Event also includes face painting, nature scavenger hunt, games and more. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be available for purchase.

Indian Summer: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5, Ashippun Town Hall, Highway P and Highway O, Ashippun. Buckskinner encampment, tepee tours,wigwams, Native American drummers and dancers, Highlanders Voyageur Camp plus Revolutionary, Civil and Spanish-American War camps. Free admission. (920) 474-4619 http://www.ashipppun.com.

Dark Carnival: 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31, Enterprise Building, 212 Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Formerly Haunted High, exhibit features more than 70 volunteers creating 50 specters and zombies plus special effects, lighting and sounds. $15, $23 fast pass. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 for kids 5-12 ($5) with lighted displays and treats along the way.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

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