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Pioneer Village to host annual Halloween event on Saturday

Members of Worthington High School's NHS and FCCLA carve pumpkins for Saturday night's Halloween celebration at Pioneer Village.

WORTHINGTON -- Ghosts, goblins and other assorted ghouls who brave the Halloween Trail on Saturday night should be well rewarded for donning their costumes a bit early this year.

The Halloween Trail, for children in third grade and younger accompanied by an adult, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Village, adjacent to the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington.

The trick-or-treaters can visit eight stations, from which candy and other treats will be dispersed, along the trail that winds through the historical village.

The event is hosted by the Nobles County Historical Society with help from a number of business and community organization sponsors.

Members of the Worthington High School Honor Society and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) group carve pumpkins to light the trail and direct the trick-or-treaters, and then dress up themselves to lend a hand during the event.

"A new group that contacted us is New Dawn Inc.," said Jacoba Nagel, president of the NCHS. "They are going to be handing out bags at the gate and will be in the big barn, where they will have popcorn and cotton candy."

Pioneer Village Director Roy Reimer has been busy preparing the village grounds for the annual festival, aided by a crew from Nobles County Community Corrections.

"It does involve putting a lot more stuff away from the summer season and setting up the stations for the trail," explained Reimer, who also solicits donations of candy, cookies, cider and apples from event sponsors. "We try to create an effect that is generic spooky," with muted lighting and effects that are eerie, but not too scary for the youngsters.

Costumes are encouraged for all who attend the festivities, and while admission is free, donations will be accepted.

It may not be the height of the visitor season at Pioneer Village, but Reimer and Nagel appreciate the opportunity to showcase the historical site.

"It has nothing to do with the history of Nobles County," said Reimer about the Halloween Trail, "but it's something for the public good."

Beth Rickers

Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  

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