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You never know who — or what — will show up at MainStreet of Fremont’s Halloween Hysteria.


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Halloween Hysteria set for downtown Fremont

Downtown Fremont will soon be filled with costumed characters and all kinds of spooky creatures.

They all will be taking part in Halloween Hysteria, an annual tradition for many families which is presented by MainStreet of Fremont.

This year’s event will take place from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19.

Little ghosts and goblins are invited to go trick-or-treating at participating businesses in downtown Fremont. The addition of the pop-up-park/green space at Fifth Street and Park Avenue will add a unique feature to the event this year.

“We have invited different groups to participate and be in the green space since the green space is there until the end of October,” said Shannon Mullen, executive director of MainStreet of Fremont. “We wanted to make sure that somebody took advantage of that space, too.

“It’s an opportunity for maybe people who aren’t on the main drag or feel like maybe their businesses aren’t seen (to set up in the green space). We get a lot of requests from different churches and other groups to come and participate, so we’ve allowed those folks to come and participate with us.”

Fremont Creative Collective will be presenting the children’s costume contest.

The costume contest is set for 5:30 p.m. at Milady Coffeehouse inside The May Brothers Building, Sixth Street and Park Avenue, across from Don Peterson & Associates.

Judging for the costume contest will begin at 5:45 p.m.

The children’s costume contest categories are: infant to 1 year, 2-3 years, 4-6 years and 7-10 years. First place will be awarded to one boy and one girl in each age group.

New this year is the addition of a category for families in the costume contest.

“It’s a really great opportunity for families to take advantage of the opportunity of dressing up together,” Mullen said. “I’m really excited about that.”

First National Bank Fremont at Sixth and Main streets will again be transforming its bank into the Haunted Bank for Kids. From 5-7 p.m., families are welcome to make their way through the Haunted Bank which will feature Trolls in the lobby and different Halloween scenes throughout the bank.

The Fremont Area Art Association and Keene Memorial Library will be offering face painting and Halloween story time from 5-7 p.m. at Gallery 92 West, 92 W. Sixth St.

Families will be available to visit VW Photography at 250 N. Main St. to have a free spooky photo taken. VW Photography will be collecting non-perishable food for Care Corps.

All of the activities that are part of Halloween Hysteria are free, and Mullen encourages families to take advantage of the fun evening in downtown Fremont.

“It’s a great atmosphere and a super safe environment,” she said. “We have the Dodge County REACT group down here helping folks cross the street and to make sure the streets are safe. It’s a really great opportunity for people to have a very safe trick-or-treating environment, and a little earlier setting than the normal setting.”

An added bonus to Halloween Hysteria is the exposure it gives to all of the downtown businesses.

“There are a lot of downtown businesses that have either moved, changed, some have left, some have come in, so a lot of new businesses in different areas,” Mullen said. “We’re anxious to have people come down and look at a lot of the different façade improvements, street developments and street changes that are happening and even take advantage of looking at our green space project which is something that is very short-lived for now, but we’re hoping to maybe make it a long-term project in the future.”


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Helpers at Country Traditions hand out candy during Halloween Hysteria.


Tracy Buffington photos, Fremont Tribune  

A threat of rain might have kept these two “tractors” out of the field Thursday, but it couldn’t keep them away from MainStreet of Fremont’s Halloween Hysteria.


Tracy Buffington, Fremont Tribune 

It appears some arcade games — complete with prize tickets — are portable.


 Tony Gray

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Entertainment calendar for Oct. 13-19

Friday

Theater

“Madagascar: A Musical Adventure,” 7 p.m., The Rose Theater, Omaha. Tickets are $20 and are available by phone at 402-345-4849 or online at www.rosetheater.org.

“Creeper of Crestwood,” 7:30 p.m., Eugene T. Kountze Memorial Theater at Mahoney State Park, near Ashland. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids and may be purchased by calling 402-944-2523, Ext. 7122.

Mamma Mia!,” 7:30 p.m., Omaha Community Playhouse. Adult tickets start at $42 and student tickets start at $25. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 402-553-0800 or online at omahaplayhouse.com or www.ticketomaha.com.

Opening of “Stupid F@#%ing Bird,” 7:30 p.m., Omaha Community Playhouse’s Howard Drew Theatre. This “sort-of adaptation” of “The Seagull” by Anton Chekhov tells a story in which an aspiring young director battles against the art created by his mother’s generation, The production, which contains adult language and sexuality, will continue through Nov. 12. Single tickets start at $24 for adults and $18 for students. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 402-553-0800 or online at www.omahaplayhouse.com or www.ticketomaha.com.

“Finding Neverland,” 8 p.m., Orpheum Theater, Omaha. Tickets ($40-$95) are available by phone at 402-345-0606 or online at www.ticketomaha.com.

Events

Dinner, 5:30-7 p.m., Fremont Eagles Club. Chicken enchiladas, catfish, shrimp, chicken tenders, fries, onion rings, baked potatoes and salad will be served. Hissy Fit will be playing from 7-10 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Friday the 13th Night Hike and (Sorta) Scary Movie, 7 p.m., Group Lodge, Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area. Attendees should meet at the Group Lodge for a night hike to see what critters and spooky sounds they can discover. An appropriately spine-tingling movie will follow at about 8 a.m.

Disney on Ice presents: Dream Big, 7 p.m., CenturyLink Center Omaha. The production brings together Disney’s most courageous leading ladies who embark on incredible adventures with faithful friends and realize their dreams. Tickets ($15-$82) are available by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Drink & Draw, 7-10 p.m., Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha. Artists of all skill level ages 21 and older are welcome. The drawing event is free and celebrates Joslyn’s new exhibition, “Marks of Genius.” There will be a cash bar and small plates available for purchase in Joslyn’s Café Durham.

Saturday 

Theater

“Finding Neverland,” 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Orpheum Theater, Omaha. Tickets ($40-$95) are available by phone at 402-345-0606 or online at www.ticketomaha.com.

“Madagascar: A Musical Adventure,” 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., The Rose Theater, Omaha. Tickets are $20 and are available by phone at 402-345-4849 or online at www.rosetheater.org.

Opening of “Boeing Boeing!,” 7 p.m., Lofte Community Theatre, Manley. This fast-paced comedy will continue through Oct. 29. Tickets are $19 each and advance reservations can be made by calling the Lofte box office at 402-234-2553.

“Creeper of Crestwood,” 7:30 p.m., Eugene T. Kountze Memorial Theater at Mahoney State Park, near Ashland. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids and may be purchased by calling 402-944-2523, Ext. 7122.

Mamma Mia!,” 7:30 p.m., Omaha Community Playhouse. Adult tickets start at $42 and student tickets start at $25. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 402-553-0800 or online at omahaplayhouse.com or www.ticketomaha.com.

“Stupid F@#%ing Bird,” 7:30 p.m., Omaha Community Playhouse’s Howard Drew Theatre. Single tickets start at $24 for adults and $18 for students. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 402-553-0800 or online at www.omahaplayhouse.com or www.ticketomaha.com.

Events

4th Annual Fremont Family YMCA Craft & Vendor Fair, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fremont Family YMCA’s indoor tennis courts. The event will feature over 130 vendors. Concessions will be available. Admission is free.

Coffee & Donut Festival, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hotel RL, 3321 S. 72nd St., Omaha. Visitors are invited to enjoy all things coffee and donuts as they venture through themed coffee lounges while sipping their coffee or adult beverage and listening to live music from local bands. There also will be photo ops, kids activities and unique fun like latte art, jelly donut wrestling, a donut eating contest and more. Tickets range from $16 to $36 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.

Arts & Crafts Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Admission is $5 and children 10 and younger are admitted free.

Opening of “Forever Forest” exhibit, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Omaha Children’s Museum. Exploring the realities of forests through play, this exhibit includes a tree top climber, a realistic mini replica of a Union Pacific engine, a kid-sized home kids can help build and more. The exhibit will be on display through April 15. Admission is $12 for adults and kids, $11 for seniors and free for children under age 2.

Photography show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area Group Lodge. To participate, print your best photo taken at Fremont Lakes during 2017. Matting/framing is optional. Label the photo with their name and age group (10 and under, 11-18, adult) and drop it off at the park office. A park entry permit is required.

Last Chance Fishing Clinic, 10 a.m., DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, near Blair. Guests are invited to enjoy one last fishing outing before DeSoto Lake closes for the season on Sunday. Rods and bait will be provided, or bring your own. Kids younger than 16 can fish without a license.

Opening of “Let’s Go to Town for Boys Town” exhibit, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Durham Museum, Omaha. This exhibition, which will be on display through Jan. 21, explores the organization’s history from its beginnings in a rundown mansion at 25th and Dodge streets with only five young boys through the 1930s with a major motion picture production featuring its history, to today, providing assistance to children and families across the nation each year. Admission is $11 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for children 3-12 and free for children age 2 and under.

Opening of “Travels with Brian Floca” exhibit, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha. This retrospective exhibition features the original art from Caldecott Medal-winning artist Brian Floca. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 14. Admission is free.

Disney on Ice presents: Dream Big, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., CenturyLink Center Omaha. The production brings together Disney’s most courageous leading ladies who embark on incredible adventures with faithful friends and realize their dreams. Tickets ($15-$82) are available by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Opening of the Benefit Art Auction Exhibition, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha. The exhibit unites local and national artists with Omaha’s growing community of art patrons. All artwork is available for purchase at “buy it now” prices. The exhibition will be on display through Oct. 27. Admission is free.

Camp Fontanelle Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, 1-7 p.m., Camp Fontanelle. Other activities include a petting barn, zipline rides, laser tag in the maze, hayrack rides, a children’s barrel train and more. Entrance fees are free for 2 and under, $5 for ages 3-11 and $7 for ages 17 and up. There is an additional charge for zipline and laser tag. A full concession stand also is available.

Halloween Bash, 1-4 p.m., Learning Express, 1612 N. Bell St., Fremont. There will be a costume contest from 1-2 p.m. and an opportunity to meet Paw Patrol’s Chase from 2:30-4 p.m. Free treat bags will be given to the first 100 kids.

Skull-Skins-Skeletons, 2 p.m., Group Lodge, Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area. Guests can get ready for trick-or-treating with nature activities with a Halloween tie-in. They also can see the photography show.

Fremont Artisan Market, 3-9 p.m., green space behind The May Brothers Building, Fifth Street and Park Avenue, Fremont. Admission is free.

Halloween Campsite Decorating Contest and Trick-or-Treating, 5-7 p.m., Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area. Everyone who is participating in the contest is asked to bring candy for the kids. First prize is two nights of free camping while second prize is one night of free camping. A part entry permit is required.

Spooktacular, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. There will be ghoulishly fun games, live entertainment, a character meet and greet and more. Attendees are asked to bring their own trick-or-treat bag to fill with candy and other goodies. Advance tickets ($8.95 for members, $9.95 for non-members) may be purchased online at www.omahazoo.com.

Tailgate party, 5:30 p.m., Fremont Eagles Club. Attendees are asked to bring snacks to share. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday 

Concerts

Dave Anderson and Roger Walck, 6 p.m., Salem Lutheran Church, 401 E. Military Ave., Fremont. Their music is a blend of contemporary gospel, hymns and lots of old-time Sunday school songs. During the concert, Anderson will share from his personal experiences from having traveled 4,000,000 miles over the past 35 years of concert ministry. A freewill offering will be received.

Gold City, 7 p.m., Piedmont Park Church, 4801 A St., Lincoln. An offering will be taken.

Theater

“Finding Neverland,” 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Orpheum Theater, Omaha. Tickets ($40-$95) are available by phone at 402-345-0606 or online at www.ticketomaha.com.

“Boeing Boeing!,” 2 p.m., Lofte Community Theatre, Manley. Tickets are $19 each and advance reservations can be made by calling the Lofte box office at 402-234-2553.

Mamma Mia!,” 2 p.m., Omaha Community Playhouse. Adult tickets start at $42 and student tickets start at $25. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 402-553-0800 or online at omahaplayhouse.com or www.ticketomaha.com.

“Madagascar: A Musical Adventure,” 2 p.m., The Rose Theater, Omaha. Tickets are $20 and are available by phone at 402-345-4849 or online at www.rosetheater.org.

“Stupid F@#%ing Bird,” 2 p.m., Omaha Community Playhouse’s Howard Drew Theatre. Single tickets start at $24 for adults and $18 for students. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 402-553-0800 or online at www.omahaplayhouse.com or www.ticketomaha.com.

“Creeper of Crestwood,” 3 p.m., Eugene T. Kountze Memorial Theater at Mahoney State Park, near Ashland. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for kids and may be purchased by calling 402-944-2523, Ext. 7122.

Events

Fremont Rural Fire Department pancake feed, 8 a.m. to noon, Fremont Rural Fire Station, 110 Boulevard St., Fremont. There will be an opportunity to meet the Fremont Rural Firefighters. Freewill donations will be collected.

Arts & Crafts Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Admission is $5 and children 10 and younger are admitted free.

Nebraska Czech’s of York 13th annual Czechfest, York Holthus Convention Center, York. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and kolaches. There will be an accordion jam from 10 a.m. to noon. Vendor booths will open at 10 a.m. and a Czech dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Milligan Czech Brass Band will be playing from 1:30-5 p.m. Admission and all activities, except for the kolaches and Czech dinner, are free of charge.

Camp Fontanelle Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, 1-7 p.m., Camp Fontanelle. Other activities include a petting barn, zipline rides, laser tag in the maze, hayrack rides, a children’s barrel train and more. Entrance fees are free for 2 and under, $5 for ages 3-11 and $7 for ages 17 and up. There is an additional charge for zipline and laser tag. A full concession stand also is available.

Disney on Ice presents: Dream Big, 1 p.m., CenturyLink Center Omaha. The production brings together Disney’s most courageous leading ladies who embark on incredible adventures with faithful friends and realize their dreams. Tickets ($15-$82) are available by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Public tours, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Joslyn Castle, Omaha. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors (60 +), students and military.

Spooktacular, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Advance tickets ($8.95 for members, $9.95 for non-members) may be purchased online at www.omahazoo.com.

Monday 

Concerts

Hoodie Allen, 8 p.m., Slowdown, Omaha. Tickets range from $50 to $100.

Tuesday 

Events

Last day of the 2017 zoo season, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lincoln Children’s Zoo. Everyone is invited to visit the zoo one last time this season. Admission is $9 for ages 13-61, $8.95 for ages 2-12 and 62 and over, and free for children 1 and under.

Healthy Trick or Treat Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Omaha Children’s Museum. Children can collect healthy treats at various stations throughout the museum, get their picture taken with characters and enjoy a safe and fun night of play. Admission is $12 for adults and kids, $11 for seniors and free for children under age 2.

Wednesday 

Events

St. Mary’s Church Annual Soup & Salad Supper, 4:30-7 p.m., Cedar Bluffs Auditorium. Homemade chili, chicken noodle and potato soups will be served along with salads. Takeout orders will be available. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. The event also will include a silent auction, country store and raffle.

Oct. 19

Theater

“Boeing Boeing!,” 7 p.m., Lofte Community Theatre, Manley. Tickets are $19 each and advance reservations can be made by calling the Lofte box office at 402-234-2553.

“Stupid F@#%ing Bird,” 7:30 p.m., Omaha Community Playhouse’s Howard Drew Theatre. Single tickets start at $24 for adults and $18 for students. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 402-553-0800 or online at www.omahaplayhouse.com or www.ticketomaha.com.

Events

Halloween Hysteria, 5-7 p.m., downtown Fremont. Children and their families are invited to trick-or-treat at participating downtown businesses. Judging for the children’s costume contest will begin at 5:45 p.m. at the May Brothers Building, Sixth Street and Park Avenue. There will be face painting and Halloween story time at Gallery 92 West, a Haunted Bank for Kids at First National Bank and free spooky photos at VW Photo. All of the events are free.

Hamburgers and broccoli cheese soup, 5:30-7 p.m., Fremont Eagles Club. A beer tasting party will start at 5:30 p.m. and the cost is $5 per person at the bar.