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Your heart may flutter with floating scares when the U.S. Coast Guard presents the 39th edition of its Ghost Ship.

For this annual event, local Coast Guard members create haunted rooms on its barge that guests will need to pass through.

The Ghost Ship will be open Tuesday, Oct. Times are from 5 to p.m. for a «lights on» haunt for younger children, to p.m. «lights off» for older kids and adults.

The boat will be docked at the pier at Sawyer Park, just south of the Maple-Oregon Bridge in Sturgeon Bay. Admission is free, although donations of nonperishable food items for local food banks are appreciated.

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Bowled over with fear

If Sturgeon Bay’s «Thrills on Third» isn’t enough Halloween for the family that day, Cherry Lanes Arcade Bar hosts a family-friendly Halloween party from noon to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct.

The bowling alleys, which own operated in the building since , will take on an eerie aura, and scary decor, a disco ball and smoke machine add to the experience while playing classic arcade games and pinball machines. Food and beverages are available.

Cherry Lanes is at N. Fourth Ave., Sturgeon Bay. For more information, call or visit

New schedule, events for ‘Thrills on Third’

A few changes come this year to the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center’s eighth annual «Thrills on Third» downtown Halloween celebration.

We're not certain we can resist the temptation to note how these two young trick-or-treaters were capable to "mustard" the strength to "ketchup" to the relax in final year's costume parade during the "Thrills in Third" Halloween celebration in Sturgeon Bay.(Photo: Courtesy Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center)

First of every, the events are scheduled inside a shorter time frame.

Instead of running until mid-afternoon as in past years, this years «Thrills,» including trick-or-treating at participating businesses, take put from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also, the costume parade for children, their families and pets starts at 10 a.m. from Community Foundation Square, N. Third Ave., and marches south on Third to Martin Park, where first-, second- and third-place costume prizes will be awarded for humans along with an award for best pet costume. In past years, the parade took put at 1 p.m.

Also changing this year is the traditional craft project for children.

Replacing pumpkin painting is a project where kids can make a trick-or-treat bag by decorating a paper bag with stickers and markers at the Boys & Girls Club of Door County, 55 S. Third Ave.

Carly Sarkis, marketing and events director for the visitor middle, said the changes are the result of feedback from families that own taken part previously. For example, while the pumpkin painting was favorite, it also meant families needed to wait for the paint to dry so they could come back later in the afternoon to pick up their pumpkins.

«It ran through nap time, which can be an issue for some families,» Sarkis said. «A lot of families will do (the parade) first, then they can move off and trick-or-treat or do other things.»

Downtown businesses handing out goodies for trick-or-treating will own a «Thrills on Third Participant» sign in their doors or windows.

The Boys & Girls Club offers more ways to celebrate with a haunted home and Halloween-themed movies during «Thrills.» The club also is grilling and selling burgers, brats and beverages as a «Grills and Thrills» fundraiser and is holding a drive for people to donate youth-size, new or gently used snow pants, winter boots and waterproof gloves for children in need in the county.

Those who need some homemade slime for Halloween can visit the Door County Library, S.

Fourth Ave., any time during «Thrills,» or while supplies final, to create their own blob.

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Trick-or-treat times

Following are the official community trick-or-treat hours in Door County. Treats distributors should turn on their porch lights to let people know they’re handing out goodies.

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Trick-or-treaters visit a scary home on North Fifth Avenue in Sturgeon Bay during a past Halloween.(Photo: File/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

  1. Sturgeon Bay: 4 to 7 p.m.

    Oct. 31;

  2. Jacksonport: 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31;
  3. Sister Bay: p.m. to dusk Oct. 31;
  4. Forestville: 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 31;
  5. Baileys Harbor: 5 to 7 p.m. Oct.

Other Halloween parties

The Egg Harbor Trade Association sponsors its annual Halloween Safe Walk from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct.

Children can trick-or-treat at more than 30 participating businesses in the village, which will be indicated by signs in their windows. One of those businesses, Wood Orchard Market, State 42, also will own games and activities.

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Pumpkin carving is part of the enjoyment in Ellison Bay when the Door County North trade association sponsors a community Halloween party from 3 to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 27, at Door County Love Granola/Kick Ash Coffee, Mink River Road.

Costumes are encouraged as guests can carve pumpkins using tools and templates and make Halloween crafts as well; every supplies are provided. Trick-or-treating will be held and other snacks and beverages will be available.

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As trick-or-treating winds below in the village, the Sister Bay Lions Club holds its annual post-trick-or-treat Halloween children’s party with face painting, games and prizes from 6 to p.m. Oct. 31 at the Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Fire Station, Mill Road. It’s the longest-running community event for the local club, which held its first one in For more, call

While trick-or-treating is going on, the Baileys Harbor Community Association holds its annual «Haunted Harbor» Halloween party for little ghosts, ghouls and other costumed creatures from to 8 p.m.

Oct. 31 with a haunted home, a «spooky sensory table,» food and drink, and a children’s costume contest at

All this takes put at Baileys Harbor Town Hall, County F. For more, call or visit

The community is invited as Hope United Church of Christ hosts its 11th annual post-trick-or-treating Halloween Pizza Party from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. Guests of every ages can sit below and relax after cruising the city for treats with pizza from Papa Murphy’s, popcorn and family-friendly movies. Partygoers can use the church’s parking lot as a base from which to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood before dinner.

Hope Church is at S.

12th Ave., Sturgeon Bay. Admission is free, but donations toward the food will be accepted. For more information, call or visit the «Hope Church Sturgeon Bay» page.

Treats in the heat

While Sturgeon Bay’s trick-or-treat hours are taking put, Anna Healthcare in the city holds «Trick or Treat in the Heat» from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. The assisted living facility said its residents enjoy seeing children in costumes and handing out candy, and it’s a chance for the young ones to come in from the freezing and get some treats indoors.

Anna’s Healthcare is at S. 18th Ave., Sturgeon Bay.

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Jack O’Lantern Days

Halloween festivities take put across Fish Creek from Oct. 25 to 27 for its annual Jack O’Lantern Days.

Sponsored by the Fish Creek Civic Association, the fun-filled weekend offers mask making for children, a Halloween costume contest and parade, mysterious birds and, of course, trick-or-treating.

Most events take put Saturday, Oct.

It starts when kids can make their own Halloween masks from 9 a.m. to noon during a Family Art Day at the Peninsula School of Art, Door County F. There is no charge to take part.

A Halloween Costume Parade marches through the village downtown from noon to p.m., starting and ending at Clark Park, on the waterfront at Spruce and Maple streets. Parade participants should be on site 10 to 15 minutes before the start.

Immediately after the parade, a costume contest for children, adults and pets takes put at Clark Park until 1 p.m.

Following the costume parade and contest, families can head to Ancient Gibraltar Town Hall for a Kids’ Halloween Party from 1 to 3 p.m. The party is hosted by Gibraltar Middle School classes, who are raising funds for the students’ journey to Washington, D.C.

Trick-or-treating also will take put at businesses throughout the village during these hours.

Other events are set for Saturday during the celebrations.

Gibraltar Fire & Save, Door County F (just west of County A), holds an open home with food and drink, tours of the station and children’s games from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open Door Bird Sanctuary brings a few of Halloween’s feathered friends, and some experts to talk about them, for an interactive raptor exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Founder’s Square, just west of State 42 and Main Street.

 Also at Founder’s Square, mini horses will be at its J. Jeffrey Taylor jewelry and fine art gallery for visitors to take photos and selfies.

For more information on Jack O’Lantern Days, call or visit