Halloween fun in the lakes area

Pumpkin Family Fun Night in Pequot Lakes BREEZY POINT--Pequot Lakes Early Childhood will host the annual Pumpkin Family Fun Night from 6-7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at Eagle View Elementary School in Breezy Point. The event includes food, crafts ...

Drawing by Kenden Smit of Mrs. Meyer's third-grade class at Harrison Elementary School.

Pumpkin Family Fun Night in Pequot Lakes

BREEZY POINT-Pequot Lakes Early Childhood will host the annual Pumpkin Family Fun Night from 6-7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at Eagle View Elementary School in Breezy Point.

The event includes food, crafts and games designed for ages birth to 5. There is a free will donation at the door.

Halloween events planned in New York Mills

NEW YORK MILLS-Halloween events are scheduled the weekend before Halloween in New York Mills.


The Cultural Center is hosting its annual free kids Halloween party 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Impressions by Sarah Photography will take free Halloween photos of children 3-4 p.m. on the second floor of the center. Games, snacks and art activities tailored for children 10 and younger are available for the full two hours. Pumpkin and cookie decorating will be offered while supplies last. Costumes are encouraged, but not required. Children younger than age 8 must be with an adult. The event is sponsored by the New York Mills Civic and Commerce Association.

From 5-9 p.m. Saturday, school-age children from kindergarten up through 12th grade can receive discounted bowling at Mills Lanes and Lucky Strike Grill for $2 games with free shoe rentals.

The local VFW Post 3289 will offer haunted trail rides 7-11 p.m. Friday through Sunday at their location off Highway 10. All ages are welcome to partake for a $10 fee, with proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Veterans Memorial Maintenance Fund. Hot chocolate will be served during the family-friendly rides.

For more information, go to the center's website at at 218-385-3339 or call 218-385-3691.

Students seek to curb Halloween hunger

Various Brainerd High School clubs teamed together to scare up donations for a local food shelter this Halloween.

Students will be going to various spots in Brainerd and Baxter on Halloween to collect canned goods to donate to a food shelter for those in need. The event, We Scare Hunger, takes place on Halloween.

Students will hang plastic bags on front doors in the neighborhoods of Gregory Park, Knollwood Drive, Memorywood Drive and Southdale Park Oct. 23 in an effort to collect non-perishable food items. Students will return and collect the bags of food on Halloween.


Last year, the food drive brought in more than 2,000 pounds of food for the Warrior Warehouse at BHS and a local food shelf.

The key club, interact club, student council and FFA from BHS are teaming up for this event.

Howl-O-Ween dog costume contest

A Halloween costume contest for pooches is set for 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Kiwanis Park.

All proceeds go to the American Kennel Club Humane Fund, Women's Shelters Grant.

There will be three top prizes: 24-inch ribbons and cash prizes. Categories are best overall costume, most creative and funniest concept. Cost is $10 cash per entry.

Little Falls area chamber to host trick-or-treating

LITTLE FALLS-The Little Falls Area Chamber of Commerce invites preschool and elementary-aged school children to come trick-or-treating 3:30-5 p.m. on Halloween.


Participating businesses will display a pumpkin on their door or window. Visit for a complete list of participating businesses. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

CRMC hosts trick-or-treating at Care Center

CROSBY-All tiny goblins, superheroes and ghouls are invited to trick or treat along the spooktacular hallways 6-7 p.m. on Halloween of the Care Center at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby.

Residents will be handing out a variety of treats. All children ages 10 and younger are welcome. Those attending are asked to use the main entrance of the Care Center on Highway 210.

The Care Center is seeking candy donations to help support the event. Items may be left at the center at any time before Halloween.

For more information, contact Maureen Haines at or 218-546-4102.

Backus American Legion hosts Halloween events

BACKUS-The Halloween season is underway at the Backus American Legion with events scheduled for both children and adults.

The annual complimentary party for children ages 12 and younger will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 pm Saturday at the Legion clubrooms, highways 371 and 87 West.

The kids' party features a style show, pumpkin decorating, a fish pond, ring toss, bean bag throw and prizes for each event. And there's a complimentary lunch.

The adult party, also Saturday, includes attractive costume contest prizes, potluck hors d'oeuvres, free cash and customer drawings and the announcement of the winner of the Great Pumpkin weight judging contest.

Activities get underway with potluck hors d'oeuvres from 8 p.m. until gone. That's followed at 9 p.m. by a free drawing for customer-of-the-week and cash prizes and the awarding of a $20 club certificate for the winner of the weight guessing contest. The two pumpkins being judged are on display in the Legion foyer. The winner need not be present.

The costume contest follows with a first place prize of $100 in cash. Second place will receive a $50 club bar/food certificate and third place a $25 club certificate.

Those attending are asked to consider a donation to area food shelves and bring a snack dish, but it is not required.

Information on this and other Backus Legion events is available at and on Facebook.

Spooktacular Fun Run set Monday

LITTLE FALLS-Join spooks of every age Monday at the Little Falls High School track to kick off the annual Spooktacular Fun Run/Walk.

Meet at 3:30 p.m. in front of the concession stand for a spooky warm up with Autumn Pechan from Curves of Little Falls before heading off to the spooky trail. The "spook loop" is about 2 miles long, starting at the track and winding across 11th Street into the wooded trails across from the Exchange Arena and finishing back at the track.

Adults and law enforcement will be present along the route for safety. Young children must be accompanied by an adult. All participants and volunteers are encouraged to wear costumes. The event is free and open to the community. Light snacks and beverages will be available following the run until 4:30 p.m. To register for the event sign up online at: or complete a registration form sent through the classrooms of elementary schools (includes Mary of Lourdes Elementary) in Little Falls. To volunteer, contact Kate Bjorge at 320-631-5675. For questions about the fun run, contact Kristin Haugo-Jones at 320-616-3214. Spooktacular Fun Run 2017 is a collaboration of Lindbergh Elementary School Physical Education, Live Better Live Longer and the Stand Up 4 U Coalition/Drug Free Communities.

Culver's offers $1 kid's meals for costumed youths

BAXTER-Culver's restaurant in Baxter is offering $1 kid's meals to children in costume (under 12) from 4-8 p.m. on Halloween.

There will also be candy, coloring, and games for the whole family.

Halloween safety event set for kids

Children may trick or treat safely for free at the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, Brainerd Police Department and the Brainerd Fire Department from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Halloween at 202 Laurel St.

Trick or treat at Good Samaritan Society-Woodland

Good Samaritan Society-Woodland, 100 Buffalo Hills Lane, Brainerd, invites families to put on their costumes and trick or treat on Halloween.

Residents and staff will be passing out treats from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Plan to enter the 100 Building entrance and exit at the 200 Building.

Westgate Mall hosts trick-or-treat event Oct. 31

The Westgate Mall in Brainerd and Baxter is hosting a trick-or-treat event from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Halloween.

The event will include trick-or-treating, parade, games, photos and more. The Brainerd Dispatch isn't hosting an event at the newspaper on James Street this year, but will be participating at the Westgate Mall event.

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