Cedar Rapids, IA – Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Department is offering several special Halloween events during the month of October that will appeal to a wide range of ages and interests. Events include Safe Halloween for Kids, Harvest Hayrack Night, Spooky Swim and the annual Special Populations Halloween Dance.
Two more “Harvest Hayrack Nights” will be held on Wednesday, October 18 and October 25. Families will enjoy fall fun including hayrack rides, drinking hot cocoa around a bonfire, and making crafts. An earlier program called “Sunset Pumpkins” will be offered from 5:00-6:30 p.m. for families with young children with early bedtimes (older children are welcome, too). The later session, “Night Owls,” will be offered from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The fee per evening for each program is $6/child (2-12 years), $9/adult and free admission for those under age 2.
The popular “Safe Halloween for Kids” will also be held at Ushers Ferry on Sunday, October 22 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. This old-fashioned Halloween event includes trick-or-treating, games and costume contests. Admission is $7 per trick-or-treater. Advance registration is encouraged, but not required.
Swimmers, ages 5-14, may want to celebrate Halloween with a splash at the annual “Spooky Swim” at Bender Pool on Friday, October 27 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. In addition to enjoying fun games and swimming, participants will receive a bag of treats as they leave. Admission is $6 per participant at the door. Swim passes are not accepted.
The 26th annual “Special Populations Halloween Dance” co-sponsored with the ARC of East Central Iowa will be held Friday, October 27 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Northwest Recreation Center, 1340 11th Street NW. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to attend and wear a costume. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Admission is $5 per person at the door.
Call Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation, 319-286-5566, or go to www.crrec.org for more information about these programs.