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Plenty to do locally for Halloween

by Western News
| October 29, 2009 12:00 AM

Halloween lands on a Saturday this year, allowing kids and adults to soak up the holiday with a full weekend of ghoulish pleasure.

Kick off with a trip to the Hell House on Friday, a dwelling so haunted that organizers give it a PG-13 rating. Located at 803 Mineral Ave. in Libby, Hell House runs Friday and Saturday from 7-10 p.m. and costs $4 or $3 with a donation to the Libby Food Pantry or Pregnancy Care Center.

For something a little more theatrical, spend an intense evening with Edgar Allan Poe on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Center in Libby. The Poe Project, put on by the Montana Repertory Theatre, is a 50-minute production that takes a look into the historic writer’s macabre world as he struggles to invent the detective story.

You can also catch the show at the Troy High School auditorium on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

There’s more for the kids than trick-or-treating on Saturday evening. Various churches in Libby are offering free games and prizes for kids of all ages. See below for locations and times. Rosauers is also throwing a Halloween party for kids 12 and under from 6-8 p.m., complete with contests and prizes.

A Halloween Carnival in Troy, sponsored by the New Horizons after-school program and Powder Hounds school ski club, will offer  games, a haunted house, costume contests and refreshments.

For the adults, various bars and casinos in Troy and Libby will have music, broomstick pool and costume contests. Prizes vary from a $100 drink tab to a 2-night stay in Las Vegas. See below for location and times.

Note: All events on Halloween night, unless otherwise noted.

For Family

Libby

• Hell House (803 Mineral Ave.): rated PG-13, this haunted house runs 7-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the City of Eagles Healing Room. $4 per person or $3 with donation to the Libby Food Pantry or pregnancy care center.

• Libby Assembly of God (1108 Utah Ave.): Harvest Festival, 6-9 p.m., free carnival games and prizes.

• Libby Baptist Church (105 E. Cedar St.): Harvest Festival, 6:30-8 p.m., free games, prizes and puppet show.

• Libby Care Center: Trick-or-treaters 10 and under invited from 2-4 p.m.

• The Carousel Roller Rink: 7-11 p.m., costume prizes, $10 includes entrance and skate rental.

• Libby Christian Church (100 Kootenai River Road): Fall Festival, 6-8 p.m., free carnival games, prizes and costume contest. Dinner by donation begins at 5:30 p.m.

• The Poe Project (Memorial Center): Friday at 7 p.m., $10 early or $15 at the door for adults, $5 early or $8 at the door for youth, and under 6 free with donation to Libby Food Pantry.

• Rosauers: 6-8 p.m., free games, costume contest and prizes for children 12 and under.

Troy

• First National Bank of Montana (600 E. Missoula Ave.): costume party, 5-8 p.m., free hot dogs, chili, hot chocolate and cake.

• The Poe Project (Troy High School Auditorium): Tuesday at 7 p.m., $5 adults, $3 students, and under 6 free.

• W.F. Morrison Elementary School gym: Halloween Carnival, 6-9 p.m., games, a haunted house, costume contests and refreshments. Proceeds go toward student weekend ski trips.

For Adults

Libby

• Elks Lodge: karaoke, finger foods, drink specials, 9 p.m. costume contest.

• Gold Pan Casino: 8 p.m.- midnight, finger food, drawings, 10 p.m. costume contest.

• Mint: broomstick pool at 7 p.m., costume contest (time TBD).

• Past Time Bar: live music, costume contest at midnight.

Troy

• Home Bar: costume contest at midnight, free champagne at midnight.

• Stateline House: costume party (time TBD).