Ghouls Night Out set for Oct. 17

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A couple of costumed characters greeted customers at Esser’s Clothing at last year’s event. The ninth annual Ghouls Night Out is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17, from 4-7 p.m. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

By Caroline Rosacker

Gather your ghoul-friends and make plans to slink around town and attend Guttenberg's Ghouls Night Out. The ninth annual event is scheduled for Thursday,  Oct.17, from 4 - 7 p.m.

Participating local retailers Picket Fence Cafe, Blooming Branches, Esser's Clothing, Sodes Green Acre Country Market and Cafe, Roots, The Creativity Center, Divine Current Massage, The Guttenberg Motel, Kuempel Hardware, Juanita's Folly and Kaffee 1858 will stay open late and offer spooktacular savings and promise shoppers a hauntingly good time. 

New this year

Participating retail businesses will be distributing playing cards to customers. The ghoul with the best five-card poker hand will receive a prize basket from local retailers.  

Ghouls are encouraged to dress in costume and participate in the traditional costume contest. The individual costume winner will receive $25 in Guttenberg Bucks.  The winners of the group (two or more people) contest will receive $50 in Guttenberg Bucks.  

The winner of the local merchant gift basket and costume contest winners will be announced after 7 p.m. at Kaffee 1858.

The following Press advertisers will offer special savings that evening.

Blooming Branches 

The frightful staff at Blooming Branches will once again be serving samples of their devilishly delectable dips, desserts, and drinks. 

Fall and Halloween items will be marked down to  a hair-raising 50 percent off. Costumed ghouls will receive 20 percent off Blooming Branches' regularly-priced items. 

Stop in and sample some of their tasty treats and sign up for a door prize. 

Esser's Clothing

The fun-loving warlock and his staff of wonderful witches dare shoppers to enter their haunted retail destination. 

Esser's will offer 50 percent off women’s apparel and shoes from 4-7 p.m.

Esser's carries a wide selection of women's and men's apparel, accessories and footwear. A free tote will be given away with any purchase (excluding pink tees).

Guttenberg Motel

The Guttenberg Motel will celebrate its four-year anniversary with a fall open house in conjunction with Ghouls Night Out. Ghouls are encouraged to stop in and take a tour of the motel, pick up a poker card and receive a free Scratch Cupcakery cupcake. Stick around and enjoy a performance by the Guttenberg Karate Club at 5:30 p.m. 

Tickets for the upcoming Hunter Fuerste Orchestra will be available and participants are eligible to sign up for a four ticket give-away for the event. 

Scratch Cupcakery's Curbside will be at the motel from 3-6 p.m. with cupcakes available for purchase.  

Kuempel Hardware

Kuempel Hardware will be open for business on Ghouls Night Out. Stop in and check out their many gift items for the home and garden.  

The hardware store carries an assortment of kitchen appliances and accessories. Appliances are showcased in cabinet surrounds to help you visualize your upcoming kitchen remodel 

Thinking about redecorating and painting a room this fall? Kuempel's friendly, helpful staff will help you choose the paint color that will best suit your style. Their full line of painting supplies can turn anyone into an expert. 

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For additional information about Ghouls Night Out, call the Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce at 252-2323 or visit

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