Over 500 guests visited the Tri-State Museum and Visitor Center for Belle’s annual Pumpkinfest throughout the day on Saturday, Oct. 21. Area vendors lined the grounds of the museum to kick off the Spooky Season.
In addition to vendors, there were many family friendly activities, including a bouncy castle, train rides, visits to the “Haunted Spaulding Cabin,” ghost crafts, mummy bowling, pumpkin pong, face painting, slime making, and Crazy Witch experiments.
Four children were selected out of 97 entrants to win a free Halloween book. Over 300 treat bags were given out to Pumpkinfest attendees.
A combined 110 guests gathered to watch two performances by the Tri-State Performers of The Ghosts of Minnesela, a short fictional play about ghosts of the cemetery of the real local ghost town cemetery of Minnesela.
Following the play, a kids’ costume contest was held with prizes awarded for funniest, scariest, and most original costumes. “We were delighted with the turnout,” says Museum Director Kristi Thielen, “and have already begun planning for Pumpkinfest 2024!”