Calendar: Oct. 27-31, 2021, events in the Brainerd lakes area listed

Find out what's going on in the northern Brainerd lakes area, including Halloween weekend events

A pair of jack-o'-lanterns is a common sight during Halloween. Contributed / David Menidrey via


  • 27: Children’s program by author/illustrator/musician Douglas Wood, 10 a.m., Crosslake Area Library
  • 28: Children’s program by author/illustrator/musician Douglas Wood, 6 p.m., Pequot Lakes Community Library
  • 28-30: Central Lakes Community Performing Arts: “Wait Until Dark,” 7 p.m., Chalberg Theatre, Central Lakes College, Brainerd
  • 28-31: The Haunted Bungalows, 7-9 p.m., Bobbertown Bungalows, Pequot Lakes
  • 29: Children’s program by author/illustrator/musician Douglas Wood, 9 a.m., Pine River-Backus Elementary School
  • 29-30: Dungeon of Doom haunted house, 7-10 p.m., ages 14 and older, Nisswa American Legion
  • 29-30: Haunted Hidden Hollows corn maze and haunted house, 7-10 p.m., Paul Bunyan Land
  • 30: Community Action of Pequot Lakes Halloween trick or treat event, 10 a.m.-noon, downtown Pequot Lakes
  • 30: Drive-thru trunk or treat, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, Pequot Lakes
  • 30: Kids Halloween party, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Backus American Legion
  • 30: Low Scare Trail & Trunk or Treat, 4-6 p.m., Northland Arboretum, Brainerd
  • 30: Nisswa Fire Department Haunted Barn and Hay Rides, 5-7 p.m. not so scary, 7-9 p.m. scary, 8089 Gardenview Road, Nisswa
  • 31: Children’s Halloween Party for ages 10 and younger, 1-3 p.m., drive-thru at Nisswa American Legion
  • 31: Nisswa Lions Club Halloween trick or treat, ages 0-12, 2-4 p.m., Schaefer’s Foods parking lot
  • 31: Trunk or treat, 3-4:30 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Cross parking lot, Nisswa
  • 31: Trunk or treat, 3-5 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church front parking lot, Pequot Lakes
  • 31: Trunk or treat, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Pequot Lakes
  • 31: Trunk or treat, 4-6 p.m., Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Backus
  • 31: Trunk n' treat, 5 p.m., Crosslake Lutheran Church parking lot (games inside)
  • 31: Good Samaritan Society Halloween party, 3-5 p.m., Pine River
Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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