If you’re looking to get both your Norwegian heritage and Halloween fixes in a single weekend, Destination Stoughton will provide both.
On Friday, Oct. 29, and Oct. 30, the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, along with businesses and organizations, are encouraging patrons to patronize the city’s downtown with Livsreise exhibits and programming, Trick-or-Treating with the Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers, Stoughton Opera House events and a rosemaling holiday bazaar.
Friday, Oct. 29, will feature a performance by Pat Godwin at the Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St. Godwin is an award-winning comedian who has been featured on Howard Stern’s radio and TV shows, and has appeared on Last Comic Standing and the Tonight Show, an event description states. Livsreise will be open Friday for the viewing of its traveling exhibit of paintings from Norwegian immigrant painter Herbjørn Gausta, and downtown businesses will be open for shopping.
On Saturday, Destination Stoughton’s featured event will be the Wisconsin State Rosemaling Association’s holiday bazaar. The bazaar will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stoughton Fire Department training room, 401 E. Main St., and will feature artwork that can be purchased.
Other Saturday events will include two lefse-making lessons offered by the Sons of Norway, and a virtual presentation from 1-2 p.m. about vampires in Nordic folklore that attendees can register for on Livsreise’s website.
Main Street Trick-or-Treat will return to the downtown this year after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers hold the usual Halloween activities, split between the Community Building at 320 North St. and along Main Street. From 1-3 p.m., the Dancers will judge Halloween costumes for children ages 0-12 and perform for them before they parade down to Main Street at 3 p.m. for trick-or-treating.
There are no events scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 31, according to the Chamber’s website.
For more information, visit the Chamber’s website at stoughtonwi.com.