Halloween happenings in FL area

Abby Nadeau
Community Editor


10/18/06 - Forest Lake Times

With Halloween coming soon, now is the time to get those pumpkins carved and ghost tours scheduled.

Listed below are just a few ideas of where to get those items to make every kid’s Halloween the scariest.

Pumpkins, Activities

Halloween is not complete without carving pumpkins. There are several farms and fields in the Forest Lake area that offer great deals on picked pumpkins as well as U-pick pumpkins.

Tom’s Pumpkin farm in Lindstrom offers several pumpkins of various sizes in their 15-acre field. Along with pumpkins, the farm has special activities like a corn maze and Moonlight Madness, among other items. For information about the farm’s hours and daily events call 651-433-2905 or visit www.tomspumpkinfarm.com.

The Waldoch Farm, Roadside Stand in Lino Lakes offers pumpkins and many other types of fall produce. For more information about the farm and their produce call 651-780-1207.

Gilbertson farms in Scandia not only has pumpkins, corn mazes and roasted corn, but the farm features many activities for children and adults of all ages. For area residents who are looking to add a little fall color to their home, or a special gift, the Gilbertson gift shop has unique gifts for everyone.

Lakeview Farm in Hugo presents “A Frightful Night,” from Friday, Oct. 27 through Tuesday, Oct. 31. The evenings include walking through the “Haunted Woods” and “Haunted Hall.” Chris Carr from K102 will be present Friday, Oct. 27.

For more information about Lakeview Farm, costs and donations call 651-275-6162.

Lendt’s Pumpkin Patch in Wyoming not only has pumpkins but Indian corn, gourds, squash and corn stalks to enjoy. They also offer group hayrides seven days a week. To learn more about the patch call 651-462-1516 for details.

Ghost Tours

Although there are no reported cases of haunted buildings in Forest Lake, there are several cities in the surrounding area where creepy and “unexplained” happenings are going on.

In Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk’s new book “The Minnesota Road Guide to Haunted Locations,” cities like Anoka, Stillwater and Taylors Falls are home to some of Minnesota’s most haunted places to see.

The Water Street Inn in Stillwater is one place to see according to Lewis and Fisk.

The “ghost lore” in the book states that the Inn used to house several businesses and a saloon. Over the years it has added “a ghost or two.”

Some of the haunted facts include “A military man passed away after a drunken stupor on the second floor. His body odor can still be detected today. Many visitors report seeing strange ghostly sights while at the Inn.”

With each place Lewis and Fisk cite, the readers are given an address, directions, the ghost lore, history of the building or place, and a report of the investigation they did themselves.

The book also features Cal’s Corner Restaurant, Billy’s Bar and Grill and the Durkin’s Irish Pub in Anoka.

Taylors Falls’ Old Jail Bed and Breakfast also made the list.

The book reports several stories from people who have stayed at the bed and breakfast and what they have experienced.

“One woman awoke at 4 a.m. and went down the steps to use the rest room. While on the stairs, the woman saw a glowing light. Not sure if she was imagining it, she continued on to the bathroom.

“She was a bit surprised to see that the glow continued to follow her. She then stopped and looked at the glow, which was now an old woman and little boy staring intently at her. She tried to scream by no sound came out of her mouth. She then heard the ghost of the little boy say ‘miss, don’t be afraid, we are here to watch over you.’”

For more information about “The Minnesota Road Guide to Haunted Locations” visit www.unexplainedresearch.com.

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