'Bell' Josephine (3) & 'Batgirl' Lilian Ellingworth were ready to compete in the 16th Annual Woodville Halloween Costume Contest. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
'Bell' Josephine (3) & 'Batgirl' Lilian Ellingworth were ready to compete in the 16th Annual Woodville Halloween Costume Contest. Photo by Paul J. Seeling

By Paul J. Seeling, Gateway News, with Diane Gedatus, St. Croix Volunteer League

WOODVILLE, WI – Despite the cold weather, families from all around the area came to celebrate at the St Croix Area Volunteer League’s 16th Annual Woodville Halloween Festival to the delight of young and old alike. The fun all took place in the cozy United Fire and Rescue – Woodville Station, which is a perfect place for this event. The St. Croix Volunteer League is the same hard-working group of dedicated folks that hosts Santa’s Workshop in Woodville and the annual Woodville Easter Egg Hunt for the area’s kids.

Dianne Gedatus of the St. Croix Volunteer League, the group that always does a fantastic job of putting this grand event together for the area children reported that there were 400 in attendance at the free (a donation to the Woodville Area Food Pantry was accepted) annual Halloween Party and Costume Contest.

The children enjoyed face painting, playing Pumpkin Putt, Pick an Apple, Plinko, Pumpkin Punch Out, Pumpkin Toss, Mummy Bowling and the popular Spooky Cookie Walk.  They won several trinkets and treats.  They also had two crafts to put together, stickers, coloring sheets and 300 yummy sugar cookies from the Spring Valley Bakery to decorate; they even ran out of sprinkles this year – a first! There was also a contest for the kids to guess the weight of a big pumpkin with a nice prize to the winner.

And a tasty hot dog lunch with chips and apple juice was provided to the children and their parents.

In addition to the face-painting and games, kids could have a photo taken with the friendly Scarecrow (Suzy Helgeson), and many children competed in the ever-popular costume contest. 

The cold and snowy weather moved the contest inside this year (as it has occasionally in the past) with 92 children who entered in one of the four age groups and the Group contest that included kids and parents; cash prizes were given to the winners in each category as well as coupons for a treat at McDonalds for all of the children who entered the costume contest.

Here are the contest specifics as reported by Gedatus: Ages 0 – 2 years, 10 entered, 1st – Lucy Brock – Duck, 17 months, Woodville, 2nd – Bennett Hawley – 4 Weeks, Packer football, from Iowa visiting Grandparent in Baldwin. 3rd – Penelope Tuerk, 22 months, Woodville, Little Dorothy. Ages: 3 - 4 years, 20 entered, 1st – Anthony Contento, Wilson, 3, Skid steer operator      

2nd – Joshua Anderson, Baldwin, 4, Hansel, 3rd – Kali Edgemon, Elmwood, 4, Old Cat Lady.

Ages 5 – 7 years, 27 entered, 1st – Gracie Bowell, Baldwin, Scarecrow, 2nd – Kaylee Jo Eggen, Woodville, Scarecrow, 3rd - Avayah Anderson, Baldwin, Cotton Candy Witch. Ages 8 and up years, 35 entered, 1st – Bella Wynveen, Woodville, Betsy Ross, 10, 2nd – Cater Larsen, Prescott, 9, T-Rex, 3rd – Adriana Anderson, Baldwin, 9, Gretel. Costume Group, 4 entered, 1st – Adam, Jessica, Eric and Kaitlyn, Baldwin, Characters from the Candyland Game Board, 2nd – Haley Gedatus, Woodville and Gracie Bowell, Baldwin, Dorothy and the scarecrow, 3rd – Adriana, Avayah and Joshua Anderson, Baldwin, Hansel and Gretel with the candy witch.

Once again dedicated volunteers Suzette Hudson, Karen Swanson, and Margaret Ann Bossman had the difficult task of judging costumes. The judges were most impressed by creative costumes that were homemade over store-bought ones.

“We really appreciate all of the challenging work and creativity of the kids with their homemade costumes,” emphasized Judge Swanson.

There was 140 pounds of food was donated to the Woodville Area Food Pantry based at Zion Lutheran Church that was generously donated by the guest to the 16th Annual Woodville Halloween Festival.

The Guess the Pumpkin Weight was a healthy 22 pounds and 9 ounces.

Gedatus of the St. Croix Volunteer League, said, “We would like to thank the following organizations and businesses for their monetary donations to the Halloween and Easter parties - Village of Woodville, Woodville Women’s Club, Woodville Lion’s Club, Woodville Café, Woodville BP, Woodville Auxiliary Unit #301, Village Pharmacy, Trient Technology, Striker’s Lanes, Spring Valley Bakery, Sons Tool, Inc, Soderberg Eye Care, Park View Community Campus, OEM Fabricators, O’Connell’s Funeral Home, Nilssen’s Foods, McDonald’s, Gregerson’s Ace Hardware, Exact Manufacturing, Dairy Queen, CW Garage Door, Citizens State Bank, Blackhawk Nutrients LLC, Blackhawk Garage Door, Baldwin Machine, Baldwin Lightstream, Albrightson Excavating and the Woodville Leader/Gateway Publishing.

She also stated, “Thank you to all of our marvelous volunteers without you our parties would not be the enormous success that they are for our kids.

We look forward to seeing you at the Woodville Lion’s Club Santa’s Workshop at the Woodville Community Center (the Lion’s Den) on December 9, 2017 from 10:00 – 1:00.”

If anyone is interested in helping at one of these St. Croix Volunteer League events (that our kids love), please call Letty at (715) 698-3516.