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Businesses to hand out candy during Halloween event downtown

The Middleton Business Association will host its fifth Halloween trick-or-treating event Friday with businesses and restaurants handing out candy to kids dressed in their costumes, according to a release.

Downtown Middleton will be decorated with corn stocks and scarecrows near the participating businesses, organizers said. Businesses will have orange pumpkin faces on their front doors to indicate they will be participating in the Halloween event. If a business is listed, but there isn’t a pumpkin face, that means they ran out of goodies.

The trick-or-treating event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participating businesses:

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31

Downtown Middleton Trick-Or-Treat Event

The Downtown Middleton Business Association (DMBA) will host their 5th Annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat Event on Friday, October 31st, 11am - 3pm... Read More

Middleton emergency crews host family safety day

Middleton fire, police and EMS crews are teaming up with West Bend Mutual Insurance for a family safety day on Saturday.

Parents can help their children stay safe by signing up for safe assured ID kits, learning what to look for when choosing a babysitter, and understanding the appropriate way to respond to common medical emergencies, organizers said.

More than 20 local organizations will be on hand with information for parents. There will also be fun, educational activities for kids, organizers said. Children will have a chance to see fire extinguisher demonstrations, and be able to climb into and explore a Middleton fire engine.

The event, in its seventh year, will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Middleton Fire Station. Family Safety Day is free, and will be held rain or shine.

Middleton unveils mobile visitor center, the Know-N-Go

Middleton unveils mobile visitor center, the Know-N-Go

The city of Middleton unveiled the first mobile visitor center in Dane County Thursday.

The Know-N-Go will be staffed by Patty Bois, a Middleton know-it-all, who will travel around the county encouraging people to visit Middleton and give suggestions for great places to eat, attractions to see and fun things to do, officials said.

“I look forward to spreading the word about all the wonderful things there are to experience in Middleton,” Bois said. “When people visit our city, stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores, they help our small businesses thrive. In return, the families of Middleton thrive.”

Middleton rolls out first mobile visitor center in county

Middleton rolls out first mobile visitor center in county

The city of Middleton will be unveiling the first mobile visitor center in Dane County next week, according to a release.

The Know-N-Go will be staffed by a Middleton know-it-all who will travel around the county encouraging people to visit Middleton, and giving suggestions for great places to eat, attractions to see and fun things to do, officials said.

The mobile visitor center will be completely funded by hotel room tax, according to the release.

Middleton is a small community of 18,000 people, but it has hotel occupancy rates consistently above 80 percent and brings in more than $1.5 million in room tax annually, officials said. Middleton’s tourism success is in part thanks to the city’s forward-thinking tourism commission, which is constantly working to find innovative ways to market Middleton to potential visitors, including a mobile travel planning app, a trolley and now the mobile visitor center.

Good Neighbor Festival parade scheduled Sun.

This weekend the annual Good Neighbor Festival returns to Middleton with a variety of food, entertainment and the parade.

Events begin Friday at 5 p.m. with a kiddie parade at 5:30 p.m. beginning from the high school. The carnival at the Good Neighbor Festival grounds, Firemans Park, is open from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Live music will play on multiple stages throughout the weekend.

A 5K run and walk will start from Firemans Park at 9 a.m. A craft fair, dunk tank and coin dig will also take place at the park Saturday.

The main parade begins Sunday at noon on University Avenue. News 3's Charlotte Deleste was named the 2014 Good Neighbor parade marshal for her contribution to the community through Gio's Garden, a non-profit respite center on Parmenter Street.

Live entertainment continues at Firemans Park in the VFW and food tents after the parade.