Halloween happenings in Hamilton are for all ages and start on Friday.
At 4:30 p.m. is the Halloween “Parade” is designed for children in costumes, their friends and families. The plan is to meet by the Post Office and walk east down the center of Main Street for all to see the creativity. After the parade is the Hamilton Downtown Association Block Party where the children are encouraged to trick or treat downtown businesses. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends when the businesses run out of candy.
In recent years City Hall was open for restroom use but this year it is undergoing some remodeling due to flooding, so will not be open.
Saturday begins with a free activity for children from 10 a.m. to noon at the Ravalli County Museum called The Great Pumpkin. Join the fun comparing pumpkins of all sizes, making pumpkin cut outs and gluing them into a pumpkin patch. The event is family friendly at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford St. in Hamilton, 406-363-3338.
It is too late to enter but there is still time for all ages to vote on their favorite pumpkin decorated as book characters in the Literary Pumpkin Contest. Vote by 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Bitterroot Public Library, 306 State Street, is open 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Winners will be announced the day after Halloween.
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The library is also hosting “A Nightmare on Main Street” which is a spooky literary walk around Hamilton. Packets can be picked up at the library and must be returned by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.
The “Witches Brigade,” where community members dressed as witches ride their bikes through Hamilton and cackle, is from 6 – 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Some of the riders will meet at River Park, 401 S 9th St., Hamilton, but last year, due to COVID, riders were encouraged not to meet at the park. Various groups are meeting randomly around town, so watch for riders.
On Halloween, the Daly Mansion is hosting a trunk or treat event from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is free and children can wear costumes to trick or treat from the trunks of cars. To participate with the trunk of your vehicle and pass out candy contact the Daly Mansion at 406-363-6004.
The Ravalli Fairgrounds are hosting two different events on Oct. 31. The Haunted Happenings Craft and Vendor Market will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Commercial building. The Community Harvest Party, a free community event open to the public, with games, bounce houses, food, candy, prizes and fun will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in the First Interstate Building.
The Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department, 179 S. 3rd St., will be giving away candy beginning 5 p.m. on Halloween. Monetary donations are always welcome, but they are not soliciting donations for the new fire hall at this event.