Spooky (and less spooky) fun descends this October

October brings a ton of Halloween fun to town, including a variety of public events. And with this year including a Friday the 13th, who knows what’s going to happen.

Delve into the fact and fiction of ghost hunting with Television and the Truth: the Reality Between Paranormal Investigating at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, at the North Liberty Community Library.

The second annual free Halloween Moonlight Walk starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13. Park at the Community Center and take the Ranshaw Way (Highway 965) underpass to Liberty Centre, where the path will be lit with friendly ghosts, with a scavenger hunt, candy, hot chocolate and prizes. This event has been canceled due to weather.

For kids up to 12 years old, the recreation department is offering Pumpkin Painting & Carving on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Community Center. Snag a pumpkin and everything you need to make it a killer Jack-O-Lantern for $8.

Learn the real history of the Salem Witch Trials, when more 200 were accused of witchcraft — and 20 were executed — in Colonial America at Devil Has My Consent on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the North Liberty Community Library.

The always-popular Haunted Happenings is scheduled on Thursday, Oct. 26, and Friday, Oct. 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each day. The annual event features games, fun, snacks and more. Admission is $2 per child, 9 and younger, at the door either night. Don’t worry about a camera, photos will be taken free of charge by Sandi Spurrell Photography and posted to her website just days later.

The city hosts its annual Trunk or Treat on Friday, Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Center parking lot.

Trick or Treating takes place citywide on Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. Don’t be the chump out asking for candy without a costume. Consider participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project by offering non-food treats for kids with allergies or otherwise unable to take food. The North Liberty Fire Department will host trick-or-treating at the station, 25 W. Cherry St., for kids of all ages.

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