story by GLENDA WINDERS
The Mascot Hall of Fame is the place to go for fun any time of the year, but when Halloween arrives they kick it up a notch with special activities to celebrate the spooky season.
On Oct. 6 and 7 they will be at the Haunted Hayride at the Whiting Lakefront Park from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Hayrides last 20 minutes, and when yours if finished you can still enjoy games and fundraisers held by local nonprofits.
Then on Oct. 13 and 14 they’ll be taking part in Wickedly Whiting, a full-on Halloween festival in downtown Whiting where you’ll be able to play games, enjoy the entertainment and visit the vendors. Watch out for Whihala the Witch, the event’s official mascot who terrorizes everyone who attends.
If investigations into the paranormal strike fear and delight in your Halloween heart, be sure to come to the Mascot Hall of Fame on Oct. 13 and 14, when you’ll learn about serious investigations conducted by Northwest Indiana Paranormal.
The good times just get better with Christmas on the horizon. Dec. 1 the Mascot Hall of Fame will be at the Whiting Illuminated Holiday Parade at 7 p.m. Enjoy the brightly lit floats and welcome Santa as he rides into town.
Also that day and the next as well as the 8th and 9th the Mascot Hall of Fame will be at the Kris Kringle Market in downtown Whiting. Check out items made by local artisans as well as yummy food and drinks.
A Wonderfur Life comes to the Mascot Hall of Fame on Dec. 9. Enjoy performances by Those Funny Little People, life-size puppets that sing and dance, as well as Clifford the Big Red Dog reading holiday books. Kids will have the chance to make crafts, and the Whiting High School Orchestra and Chorus will perform Christmas music. A very special mascot will also make an appearance.
Dec. 30 will mark Reggy’s Birthday Bash. A balloon drop at noon will say goodbye to 2023.
For more information visit: www.mascothalloffame.com.