Fall in full swing in Nebraska with these weekend events

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Nebraska is showing off all its fall festivities this weekend with Halloween trunk or treats, vendor and craft markets to start your holiday shopping early, plus bonfires and hayrack rides.

» Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m., head to Capital Humane Society for Tails & Treats.

Grab your costume, kids and the pup for a trunk or treat, games for dogs and humans, a bounce house and more, like a puppy costume contest.

Tickets are $5 if you get them Friday and $10 on Saturday.

» Indian Cave State Park in Shubert is hosting its 27th annual Haunted Hollow.

Friday night, guests are invited to a drive-in movie: “Edward Scissorhands.”

On Saturday, the park will host a market, along with a pink pumpkin walk in support of breast cancer awareness and a trunk or treat event with the VW Buskatiers.

» If you’d rather head to Ashland, the Lee G. Simmons Safari is inviting guests in after park hours for some spooky season fun.

You can enjoy a campfire dinner and s’mores, plus hayrack rides and more at the park’s Howl-O-Ween event.

» Also in Ashland, Mahoney State Park is hosting the River Valley Artisan and Craft Market, where 45 vendors from across Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota are gathering to sell their handmade products.

There is no admission fee to the market, but all vehicles entering the park must have a valid state park pass or purchase a day pass.

The market is open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

» Back here in Lincoln, the Made Here Market will run Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. 

Head to 11th and B Streets to check out 32 local creators selling their goods, like prints and paintings, stickers, jewelry and much more.

Spend some time enjoying live music and great food and get a jump on your holiday shopping, all while supporting small businesses in your community.


For more events going on this weekend, check below:


Ghouls & Glow at the Zoo – All weekend, 6:30 to 10 p.m.

This zero frightful and all delightful event is an illuminated spectacle for all ages and like nothing you’ve seen before. Featuring family fun activities, including trick or treating, magic shows and 400 larger-than-life lanterns you can only see at Omaha’s zoo. New this year: You can buy s’mores kits and mini pumpkins to decorate and take home. And for parents, on Friday and Saturday nights, two bars will be available with seasonal alcoholic drinks.

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Dia de los Muertos – Saturday & Sunday

Celebrate Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, through elements from Aztec and Christian traditions. The Day of the Dead remembers departed loved ones through the “ofrenda,” or offering, which includes flowers, candles and special bread called “pan de muertos.” Guided tours are available with advance reservation.

El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St.



ShakesFEAR – Friday and Saturday, 6 to 11 p.m., and Sunday, 6 to 10 p.m.

Enter the strange mind of William Shakespeare.  Go on a harrowing journey to recover one of Shakespeare’s lost plays. To escape a spell cast by the Weird Sisters, you’ll have to confront a murderous king, meddling fairies, ghastly ghosts and a bloody butcher with an appetite for blood.  Join Nebraska Repertory Theatre on this immersive theatrical experience. Can you survive The Haunted Temple?  This production is not recommended for children under 13 or the faint of heart.  Shows run every 15 minutes.  Tickets available here.

Temple Building, 1209 R St.

Haymarket Farmers Market – Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon

This week marks the final farmers market of the year in Lincoln.  Head to the Haymarket on Saturday morning to grab the last of that fresh produce.


Rise N’ Shine Fall Food Truck Battle – Sunday, 9 a.m.

Come support some awesome food trucks and vendors.

5250 Cornhusker Highway

Spellbound on P Street – Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m.

Cosmic Eye, in collaboration with Crystal’s Spiritual Healing and Oddballs & Outkasts, presents the 1st Annual Spellbound on P Street.  There will be oracle, pendulum and rune readers; crystals galore; and crystal jewelry, handmade spooky items, tie dye and so much more. A few local artists and local businesses will have pieces for sale, and there will be a food truck in the lot.

Cosmic Eye Brewing, 6800 P St.



Antique Apple Tasting – Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.

Ready for a unique tasting experience? Arbor Day Farm grows many varieties of apples that you will never see at a grocery store. Enjoy these heirloom apples with a taste test of your own.

Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure, 2611 Arbor Ave.



Jack O’ Lantern World – All weekend, starting at 7 p.m.

Gather friends and family to experience a one-of-a-kind whimsical celebration of art, nature and fall. Take a ¾-mile walk through 17 immersive worlds of thousands of hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns designed by 50 artisans. Along the way, enjoy food and beverages from local food trucks. This is a magical event sure to become a new autumn tradition.

Mahoney State Park, 28500 W. Park Highway


All Hallows’ Eve – Friday & Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.

Begin your evening with a stroll along the treat trail to gather goodies from local organizations and businesses. Beware as you enter Railroad Town. Stop and listen to a ghost story or two, and grab a tasty treat from the Silver Dollar. All Hallows is a family-friendly event, and you’re encouraged to wear a costume and have a good time. Tickets will be available for purchase ($10) at the gate each night.

Stuhr Museum, 3133 W. U.S. Highway 34



The Shining @ The World – Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Catch Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece “The Shining” at The World Theater in Kearney.  Chills and fear await those who choose to view this film on the big screen.

The World Theater, 2318 Central Ave.

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