A health pandemic may derail decades-old Halloween traditions for kids - such as neighborhood trick-or-treating and indoor food, fun and games at establishments - but holiday fun for those little ghosts and goblins will go on, albeit in a more socially distant and safe manner.
It seems more and more churches and other organizations have hosted trunk-or-treat events in recent years, and parents have taken their children to other organized events in lieu of sending them out into neighborhoods to ring doorbells for candy - though some neighborhoods do remain popular for this tradition.
Following is a list of organized Halloween events for kids scheduled to take place Saturday, Oct. 31, unless otherwise noted. The list is not all-inclusive, but are events the Echo Journal was made aware of.
Community Action of Pequot Lakes and Pequot Lakes businesses will sponsor a trick or treat event from 10 a.m. to noon.
Participating businesses will have a candy corn sign in their window or door to let families know they will hand out candy. Miss Pequot Lakes royalty will host a bonfire with s'mores and juice in Trailside Park.
Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes will host its fourth annual Halloween event featuring a Drive-thru Trunk or Treat event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church just south of downtown Pequot Lakes on Patriot Avenue.
Community children and their families are invited. With fun and safety in mind, people will stay in their vehicles as they drive along a path to view decorated trunks and be greeted by happy, friendly people in costumes. Each child will receive a bag of Halloween treats.
The Good Samaritan Society will host a Halloween Parade from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, where residents can watch costumes being marched past their windows. Those in the parade will receive treat bags.
The Warehouse will host Trunk or Treat from 5-7:30 p.m.
The Dock Guys at Wilson Junction outside of Pine River will host Trunk or Treat from 5 p.m. until they are out of candy. Those who wish to hand out candy are invited to come, open their trunks and hand out treats.
Tara Kreller’s day care will offer hot cocoa, candy, glow in the dark tattoos, glow sticks and a haunted porch attraction in addition to a bounce house, weather pending, all on Park Avenue starting at 4 p.m.
Crosslake Lutheran Church will host a Trunk 'N' Treat event from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the outdoor site, 14019 Daggett Pine Road.
Events will include a carved pumpkin contest, guess the jelly beans contest and a costume contest.
Everyone is welcome. Masks are required and social distancing rules will apply.
The Nisswa American Legion will host its annual Halloween Party for Children from 1-3 p.m. in the Legion parking lot.
Children ages 11 and under will receive a Halloween treat bag. Because of COVID-19 and resulting protocol, there won't be games.
The Nisswa Lions Club will host a Halloween Trick or Treat event from 2-4 p.m. in the Schaefer's Foods parking lot. Kids up to age 12 will receive a free hot dog and candy. A freewill donation is sought for those 13 and older to receive a hot dog.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church will host a Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat from 4-6 p.m.
Backus Nazarene Church will host Trunk or Treat from 4-6 p.m.