Halloween in the Black Hills isn’t just about horrific costumes and candy.

In addition to haunted houses and scary storytelling sessions, this Halloween’s events include opportunities for running and hiking, as well as a trip through space and a costume contest for Fido.

Haunting of Keystone

The Haunting of Keystone will be from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. today through Sunday, Oct. 23, and Friday through Sunday, Oct. 30, and includes three haunted attractions: the School from Hell (Keystone Victorian School Museum), Wicked Little Miners (Big Thunder Gold Mine) and Keystone Haunted Cemetery Ride (Keystone Cemetery). Admission to each attraction costs $6.50, or all three for $15. Each setting promotes historical spirits of Keystone. The event also includes a masquerade ball from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the community center in Keystone. For more information, call 666-4847 or go to www.haunted keystone.com/haunting.

‘Alien Galaxies’

Final Frontier Friday will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at The Journey Museum. The “Alien Galaxies” program will include a film, then audience members will select places they’d like to see through the museum’s UniView software, driven by a museum staffer. Other family-friendly activities will relate to alien galaxies. Admission is $5 plus tax for adults; and $3 plus tax for students 17 and younger. For more information, call education director Diane Melvin at 394-2535 or education@journey museum.org.

Night hike

The 14th annual Custer State Park Halloween Hike will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29, at the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center in Custer State Park. The hike is a two-mile guided walk on a paved trail near the Game Lodge in Custer State Park.  This year’s “Cat in the Hat” theme emphasizes the importance of habitat and protecting the environment.

Along the path, hikers will encounter characters such as Horton Hears a Who, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and the Grinch that stole habitat. The trail will be lit by jack-o’-lanterns and tiki torches as visitors hike from the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center to the Game Lodge Campground and back. The event is suitable for all ages and is designed to be a non-scary event. Each hike is led by a guide and will last approximately 60 minutes. Hikes depart from the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center every 15 minutes, with the last hike at 8:30 p.m. each night. Reservations are required; call 255-4464. There is no fee for the hike, but a park entrance license is required.

Scare on the Square

Scare on the Square will be from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, on Main Street Square, 626 Main St., Rapid City. Events include pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, the Zombie Walk, a blood drive and films at the Elks Theatre. For a full schedule, go to www.mainstreetsquarerc.com.


Deadwood’s Deadweird festivities begin Friday, Oct. 28, with costume crawl registration from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Deadwood Mountain Grand. The costume crawl will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a costume crawl party at 9 p.m. at Deadwood Mountain Grand. Activities on Saturday, Oct. 29, include a costume contest, with judging from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Franklin Hotel. Winners will be announced at 9:30 p.m. at the Franklin Hotel.

Trunk or treat

South Canyon Lutheran Church will hold its Trunk or Treat for children fifth grade and younger from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in the church’s upper parking lot. Participating cars will be decorated and treats will be handed out from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.  A creepy organ music concert will start at 5 p.m., and chili and hot dogs will be served from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the church.

Fall festival

Canyon Lake Church of God, 1829 Hillsview Drive, will hold a fall festival and trick-or-trunk festival from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. The event will include games, hay rides, bouncy house, a balloon man, and food and drinks. For more information, call 343-3208 or go to www.canyonlakecog.com.

Photo contest

Miss South Dakota Anna Simpson will hold a photo contest for children 12 and younger in their Halloween costumes as a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network. Entry forms are available at www.giveback sd.org, and all entries will appear on the Miss South Dakota 2011 Facebook page. The entry fee is $10, and winners will be selected for most creative, scariest and most adorable costumes. Winners will receive $50 gift cards. Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 25. For more information, call Val Simpson at 939-4946.

‘Dragon’ night

Dragon Night at the Mall, featuring a screening of “How to Train Your Dragon,” will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Hills of Grace Fellowship in Rushmore Mall. The event for youths ages 13 to 20 will include a costume contest, prizes and food. For more information, call 341-4706.

Citywide carnival

The Citywide Safe Halloween Carnival will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. For more information, call Sandi Moss at 431-6897.

Pet costume contest

Patsy’s Pawloween Costume Contest will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Historic Adams House, 22 Van Buren Ave. in Deadwood. Pet owners may bring dogs and cats in costume to the contest, which is a benefit for the Twin City Animal Shelter. Prizes will be awarded in six categories. A doggie and people bake sale will be held during the event as well. The entry fee is $5. In case of inclement weather, the contest will be moved to the Adams Museum at 54 Sherman St.

Fort Fear

Fort Fear, the haunted house attraction at the Flying T Chuckwagon, 8971 S. Highway 16, in Rapid City, will be open from 7 p.m. to midnight today and Saturday, Oct. 22; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27; 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29; and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Oct. 30 and 31. Admission is $13, or $12 with a donation of canned food. Express lane admission is $20. The haunted house is not recommended for children younger than 12; children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult older than 18. For more information, call 342-1905 or go to www.fortfear.com.

Terror in the Dark

The 14th annual Terror in the Dark Haunted House and Halls of Mayhem Extreme Maze will be open through Monday, Oct. 31, at the Central States Fairgrounds. Hours are 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cost is $9 per person, or $8 with a canned food donation. A dual pass is $13. Call 545-0117, or go to www.terr orinthedark.net.

Elks Lodge party

The Rapid City Elks Lodge will hold a Halloween party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Admission is $7 per person, or $20 per family, which includes dinner. The event will include a haunted house, games with prizes, Mr. Funny Man the Clown, brains and eyeballs buffet (spaghetti and meatballs), a costume contest for three age groups (10 and younger, 11 to 17 and 18 and older) and trick-or-treat candy.

Costume rentals

Black Hills Community Theatre’s Costume Shop hours have changed for the Halloween season. The shop will be open by appointment only from noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Oct. 29. Contact costume manager Christine Lee at 394-6091 for an appointment. The shop has a variety of period costumes from ancient Greece to the 1970s.

Workshop house

The Black Hills Workshop will have its annual haunted house from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29, at the workshop, 3603 Range Road. The haunted house is not recommended for children younger than 8. Admission is one nonperishable food item, which will be donated to the food bank.

Paranormal activity

“The Adams Legacy: A Paranormal Investigation of the Adams Museum & House,” will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center. Earlier this year, Black Hills Paranormal Investigations investigated the Adams Museum and Historic Adams House for paranormal activity using night-vision cameras, full-spectrum cameras, digital audio recorders and EMF meters. After analyzing the results, the investigators believe they’ve uncovered evidence of possible paranormal phenomena, according to a new release. Admission is by donation.

Museum stories

The Black Hills Storytellers will tell ghoulish tales at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Adams Museum 54 Sherman St., Deadwood. The event is recommended for mature audiences. Seating is limited, and reservations are required; call 578-1928. Doors will be locked promptly at 7 p.m.

Fun run

The Halloween Sock Hop 1K and 5K fun run will be Sunday, Oct. 30, at the stone fireplace shelter at Canyon Lake Park. Race-day registration will be at noon. The free kids 1K will start at 12:30 p.m., and the 5K race will start at 1 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults, and $10 for Black Hills Runners Club members and youths ages 12 to 18. Kids younger than 12 can run for free. Prizes for costumes will be awarded. Pre-register at Active.com.

Night at museum

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology’s Museum of Geology and Paleo Club will host trick-or-treating at the Museum of Geology. Trick-or-treaters will have the opportunity to gather not only candy from costumed museum staff, but also educational information. The event, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, is free for children. Donations are accepted.


The 10th annual Kidweird will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, at the Deadwood Pavilion, 767 Main St. in Deadwood.  Admission is a canned food donation. The event will feature a trick-or-treat lane, games with prizes and a haunted house. A costume contest will be at 6 p.m., with the following age categories: 4 and younger, 5 and 6 years old, 7 and 8 years old, and 9 through 12 years old.

Hallelujah Bash

First Christian Church, 730 Quincy St., will hold its annual Hallelujah Bash from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26. A free supper will be served until 6:30 p.m. The event includes carnival games, inflatables and activities throughout the church. Children age 2 through the fifth grade may attend with an adult.  Costumes should be appropriate for a religious event.

Other events:

Fridy, Oct. 21

* The Chamber’s Crypt Haunted House, 1053 Main St., Sturgis, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 22

* Movies Under the Stars: “Monsters Inc.,” Main Street Square, downtown Rapid City, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Megan Karbowski at 716-7979 or go to www.mainstreet squarerc.com.

* The Chamber’s Crypt Haunted House, 1053 Main St., Sturgis, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 25

*Halloween costume parade, Rapid City Public Library downtown, 9:30 a.m. After story times, families of small children can walk from station to station and receive treats from library desks.

Thursday, Oct. 27

*Rapid City Public Library downtown, 6:30 p.m. “Night of the Living Dead” will be screened in the Helen Hoyt room. Popcorn and refreshments will be served for the free event, and people are encouraged to dress like a zombie.

*Halloween costume parade, Rapid City Public Library downtown, 9:30 a.m. After story times, families of small children can walk from station to station and receive treats from library desks.

Friday, Oct. 28

* Peanut Free Trick or Treat at Golden Living Black Hills, 1620 N. Seventh St., 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Senior residents of the center will give peanut-free candy to children.

*Hill City Merchants Trick or Treat night, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Kids can trick-or-treat from merchant to merchant.

* Hill City Boys & Girls Club Halloween carnival, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

* Halloween party, Rapid City Public Library downtown, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The party in the youth services area will include costume prizes, food and games.

*The Sturgis Center for the Arts will host the Black Hills Storytellers at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, for Halloween storytelling at 1016 Main St., Sturgis. The program is for teenagers and adults only.

Saturday, Oct. 29

* Book Fright – “What Book Scares You?” at Sturgis Public Library, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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