Spirits might rise from the grave on All Hallow's Eve, but treats greet the persistent (and tricks, the unwary) who join the masquerade. Venture out to dine with ghosts, hike corpse-strewn trails and shop for seasonal treasures.

The Chetek Alert reminds drivers and trick-or-treaters to exercise caution between 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31, trick-or-treating hours in the City of Chetek.

Haunted hangouts

Get your ghost on at these spooky sites:

* Betty's Café, Cameron-A deceased former employee is rumored to inhabit the back of the house and linger near the fryers.

* CTH M, Chetek-Legend has it that a phantom woman almost leans into the cars of late-night passers-by between Chetek and Lake Holcombe.

* Dinner with a ghost, Chippewa Falls-Dine with the Chippewa Valley Paranormal Investigators at the haunted James Sheeley House in downtown Chippewa Falls at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 or 31. Cost is $40. Visit www.chippewavpi.com/Halloween.html for details.

* Unexplained Conference, Eau Claire-Chetek ghosts, Bloomer UFOs and Chippewa Valley werewolves are on the agenda at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Plaza Hotel in Eau Claire. Cost is $9, $5 for children. Not recommended for youths under 10. Call 834-3181 for information.

Crypts and cadavers

Trek through these terror-filled forests and haunted hallows:

* Haunted Warehouse, Rice Lake-Sponsored by the Barron County Cruisers, the spooks fly Oct. 24-25, 30-31 and Nov. 1 from 6-11 p.m. at 313 Knapp St. in Rice Lake. Call 651-7099 to learn more.

* Triple HHH Equestrian Center, Hillsdale-A riding trail is trimmed with ghouls, goblins and assorted beasts for the annual Haunted Trails event from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 24-25 and Oct. 31 through Nov. 1. Cost is $6. Admission to a children's haunted house is $3. Call 458-4107 for information.

* The Nightmare, Marshfield-A bus leaves from The Garage in Chetek at 3 p.m. Saturday to visit The Nightmare, a graphic maze for teens illustrating the negative consequences of drug use, drunk driving, gang violence and suicide. Ages 13 and over only. Cost is $13.

Jack-o'-lantern fodder

Need a pumpkin? Buy one-or get one free-at these places:

* Mommsen's Produce Patch, Rice Lake-Squash, gourds and pumpkins galore dot the landscape of this activity-filled farm off CTH SS between Cameron and Rice Lake. Pumpkins are catapulted every hour Oct. 25-26.

* Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad, Spooner-The Great Pumpkin Train runs the last two weekends of October and includes a train ride, kiddie carnival and free pumpkin. Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children.

* The Court Yard, Chetek-Snag pumpkins and squash from area growers outdoors and seasonal gifts indoors.

Costume competitions

Vie for prizes at these locations:

* Halloween party, Chetek-The annual Lions Club/Chetek Chamber of Commerce party for elementary students begins at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Chetek High School gymnasium. Competition is at 7 p.m.

* Gilligans, Chetek-Costume-clad adults try for gift certificates and other prizes. Competition begins at 10:30 p.m. Oct. 31. A scavenger hunt is 11 a.m. Nov. 1.

* Chetek Bowling & Billiards, Chetek-A Halloween party with costume contest commences at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Includes a performance by The Twerps. Cost is $2.

* Dog Expo, Eau Claire-Perk up your pooch for dog costume and best-dressed dog contests at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Arena from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26. Cost is $3 per person.

Wicked fun

Witches, murder and magic debut at these performances:

* Magic show, Rice Lake- Cliff the Magic Man performs from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Rice Lake Moose Lodge. Cost is $6.

* Clue-The Musical, Rice Lake-Northern Star Theatre Company brings murder to life at 104 S. Main St. Thursday through Sunday. Showtimes are 7 p.m. or 2 p.m. Sundays. Cost is $16.

* The Crucible, Shell Lake- Theatre in the Woods performs Arthur Miller's drama on the Salem witchcraft trials Oct. 24-26 and Oct. 31 through Nov. 2. Showtimes are 7 p.m. or 2 p.m. Sundays. Cost is $10 or $8 matinees for students/seniors. Shows are at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre.

Hip haunts

Dredge up deals at these hot spots:

* Pumpkin Fest, Sand Creek-The Old School Building becomes a seasonal gift shop from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, 2-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

* Mommsen's Produce Patch, Rice Lake-The Stone Barn features seasonal gifts, decorations and locally grown foods.