The Hunt for Halloween Fun

Halloween and Harvest Events

-TJ Wierenga

With Halloween just around the corner, we checked our sources to find the scoop on where families can enjoy everything from haunted houses to hay rides… trick or treating to tricycle tracks. While not every organization is completely finished with Halloween plans quite yet, below is a fairly inclusive list of everything upcoming.

Halloween Party: Billings Health & Rehabilitation, 2115 Central Avenue in Billings - Saturday, October 24 from 2PM to 4PM. Fish pond, piñata, bowling with pumpkins, toilet bowl toss, balloon darts, haunted house, creepy cauldron, scary hair painting, mystery event, and of course, candy! Bring your own bag. No charge for admission. Costumes welcome (including adults) but not required. All ages welcome. Call Zaida at 656-6500 FMI.

Haunted Sunday School:   First English Lutheran Church at 1243 North 31st Street in Billings – Wednesday 0ct 29 from 6PM to 7PM, Halloween Party put on by the United Campus Ministry from MSU Billings. Haunted Sunday School rooms, games, and a Fair with different stations like bobbing for apples, etc. Costumes encouraged, with costume contest. No admission. Appropriate for ages 4 and up, with grade school age being target audience. 1243 N. 31st Street. Call 245-4933, Aldin Barnes FMI.


Downtown Trick or Treating: On October 31 from noon to 5PM, many downtown businesses will open their doors to costumed trick-or-treaters. Begin at the Downtown Billings Office at 2815 Second Avenue North, picking up a bag for candy, a treat, and a map of participating businesses.


Safe, Fun, Healthy Halloween at the Billings YMCA: 402 N. 32nd Street from 4PM to 5PM for members and open to the public from 5PM to 7PM.  Put your family in their costumes and come and enjoy a haunted house, carnival games, face painting, prizes and more!

Atonement Lutheran Church at 407 Wicks Lane in Billings will have a Trunk n’ Treat on October 31 from 6:30 to 7:45PM in the parking lot of the church. Games, snacks, “trunk or treating” from car to car, kids are invited to wear costumes, the candy is donated by the church, and the public is welcome! Call 245-7004 for more information.

Sartorie Farms at 1916 Hawthorne Lane will celebrate their annual Fall Festival every weekend night from 1PM to 5PM in October. Hay wagons leave the farm every half hour, beginning at 1PM, to the pumpkin patch to pick pumpkins. There will be a petting zoo, “Straw Mountain”, a straw maize and climbing area on straw for little ones, a John Deere tricycle track for kids under 5, a “hillbilly golf course” miniature golf course, pumpkin weight guessing contest, pumpkin slingshot, a Halloween costume contest and more! Price is $4/person over age 12, $2.50 ages 2-12, and under age 2 is free with an adult. Pumpkins are priced per pound. For more information, there will be a recording starting 9/23 with weekend information at 245-9599.

The annual, amazing Corn Maize (www.cornfieldmaize.com) is at 58th Street West between Grand and Rimrock, from August 29 through November 1st. Hours are Wednesday and Thursdays from 6-9PM, Fridays from 6-10PM, Saturdays from 10AM to 10PM, and closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesdays. On Halloween it will be open from 6-10PM. Maize and attractions $8/adults, $6 for kids ages 5-11, and under age 4 is free with an adult. Field of Screams, Maize and all attractions Friday and Saturday evenings in October are $10/adults, $8/children ages 5-11, and under age 4 is free with an adult.

Mystery at the M oss: Moss Mansion, 914 Division Street in Billings, presents “The Case of the Wild & Bully Murder Mystery”on October 30th  from 6:30PM to 8:30PM, October 31st from 5PM to 10PM, and November 1st from 5PM to 10PM Cost is $12 adults, 6 for kids. They promise that while it is not scary or gory, it is probably more appropriate for older kids who can appreciate solving a mystery. Times are 6 to 10PM, and no reservations are required. Hot apple cider and treats will be served. For more information, call 256-5100.

Local Ghost Tours: Fun Adventure Tours invites the public to join them in a trip into the Twilight Zone. Tours depart from the Dude Rancher Lodge on October 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 and November 1st. Tours begin at 7, 8 and 9PM and cost $20 for all seats, being best suited for ages 12 and over. Call 254-7180 or email tours@montanafunadventures.com to purchase tickets or for more information.

Rimrock Mall is allowing children to come trick or treat on Halloween night, with individual store participation, beginning at 6:30PM.

“Boo at the Zoo” - ZooMontana at 2100 S. Shiloh Road in Billings. From 3-6:30PM on October 31, Montana Zoo will host scavenger hunts, face painting, haunted houses, cookie contests, candy, many booths with various vendors, different picture booths, and more. Even bigger than last year! Admission is $6 for ages 16 and older, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for ages 3-15, and free for children in costume when with family, for children under the age of 3, and for Zoo members. For more information, log on to their website at www.ZooMontana.org, or call 652-8100.