Halloween is not just for kids. Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Legionnaires at Owatonna’s Post 77 held several Halloween-themed events at the end of October.

On October 31, 1970, the Legion hosted a “Big Halloween Smorgasbord.” Country Folk, a local band, serenaded the diners. 

The smorgasbord was evidently a success because the post held another dinner in 1971. For $1.50, guests could feast on Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, salads, tarts, coffee, and rolls. A Halloween dance followed dinner, with music by Carol & Mel.

Toward the end of the decade in 1979, the Legion held a costume contest. More dinner dances occurred in 1980, 1981, and 1983.

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