Little Tykes Trick-or-Treat

Dress up in your favorite costumes and join Downtown Helena, Inc. and the Helena Business Improvement District for the Little Tykes Trick or Treat on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. throughout Downtown Helena.

Local day care centers, preschools, kindergartens, families and friends are invited to bring their kids, fifth grade and younger, downtown for an exciting afternoon of trick-or-treating along the most historic mile in Montana. Participating Downtown Helena merchants, restaurants and businesses will be displaying the orange trick-or-treat posters in their windows and doorways to signify that they are handing out candy.

For more information contact the Downtown Helena, Inc. office at 447-1535.

Trick or Treat at OGM

The spirits of Former Gov. Sam Stewart and First Lady Stella Stewart, who were the first to live in the Original Governor’s Mansion will be at the mansion to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Of course, they will be in the form of historical re-creators. The Stewarts might invite the trick-or-treaters to help find the cat of the former governor’s children, which some say still lingers at the OGM.

Halloween Fun Fest

The Montana Children’s Trust Fund is promoting a safe, warm, and nurturing environment for children and parents to play and interact by throwing a free Halloween carnival on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Capital City Health Club.

The third annual Halloween Fun Fest will include games and activities, such as a cakewalk, photo booth, beanbag toss, angry birds, and more.

In addition, information will also be provided to help raise awareness and promote the many resources that Helena has to help nurture children, strengthen families and support communities.

The event also includes a costume swap. Jamey Peterson of the CTF encourages interested parents to bring to the event previously used costumes so their children can exchange for a "new’ one."

Costumes can also be dropped off at Capital City Health Club prior to the event.

Last year over 1,200 children and adults attended the Fun Fest, Petersen said.

She said more volunteers are needed. 

If anyone is interested in volunteering they should contact Megan Mullaney at 444-6939 or

More information can also be found on the Children’s Trust Fund Facebook page at

Ghostly Halloween Gathering

Helena’s Queen of Halloween, Ellen Baumler, holds a book signing for her newest book of ghost stories, “Ghosts of the Last Best Place,” 2 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Radisson Colonial Hotel, 2301 Colonial Dr.

The Haunted Montana Halloween History Show also features Image Dancing and local actors. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 406-459-3441 for more information. Or pick up tickets in advance at Caliber Salon and Spa, 1744 N. Montana Ave.

Watch for article about Baumler’s new book in Independent Record on Halloween.

Haunted Helena with Ellen Baumler

Popular ghost story author Ellen Baumler presents her Haunted Helena talk 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Helena College Lecture Hall.

Meet the ghosts of historic Last Chance Gulch and hear spooky but true tales of ghostly accounts.

This free program is at the Helena College campus, 1115 N. Roberts. For more information call 447-6907

ExplorationWorks Nightmare Affair

ExplorationWorks will hold the 9th annual Nightmare Affair on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Helena Great Northern Hotel. Nightmare Affair is an adult-only Halloween costume party featuring live music by Ten Years Gone, entertainment by Image Dancing, live and silent auctions, and costume contests.

Attendees can attend the full event from 6 p.m. to midnight, which includes food, beer and wine, live music and entertainment, as well as live and silent auctions. At 9 p.m., the RIP late night celebration continues with more live music, light hors d’oeurves, and a cash bar.

All-night tickets for this event are $75 per person; and $25 for late night admission, which begins at 9 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets online please visit

Tickets are also available at ExplorationWorks (next to the Carousel in the Great Northern Town Center) or by calling 457-1800 ext. 1.

All proceeds from this event support programs and exhibits at ExplorationWorks. Support bringing STEM education to Helena and surrounding communities by attending this fun-filled event.