Halloween festivities for area kids to enjoy abound

Photo from the 2018 annual Halloween Party held at the Crosslake community center.

Following are just some of the area Halloween festivities taking place for children:

Downtown Pequot Lakes

Children are invited to trick-or-treat in costume at participating downtown Pequot Lakes businesses from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26.

Visit the Kids Haunty House at Faith Boost on Front Street. Miss Pequot Lakes royalty will host a bonfire at Trailside Park with s’mores and juice.

The event is hosted by Community Action of Pequot Lakes and Pequot Lakes businesses.


Backus American Legion

The Backus American Legion’s annual complimentary party for children ages 12 and under will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Legion clubrooms at 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, along with a complimentary lunch.

Haunted Barn

The Nisswa Fire Department will host its 22nd annual Haunted Barn & Hay Rides on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8089 Gardenview Road in Nisswa (follow the signs).

A not-so-scary event with no live spooks will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The scary event will run from 7-9 p.m. There will be a bonfire, games and concessions.

Free will donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Nisswa Fire Department, Branden’s Cancer Crusaders and the North Star 4-H Club and Eagles 4-H Club, both in Pequot Lakes.

Cass County


The Cass County Sheriff's Office will host its trick-or-treat event from 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in the sheriff's office east parking lot or in the lobby if it rains. Visit with Sheriff Tom Burch and his staff and receive trick-or-treat bags with coloring books, safety tips and treats.

Trunk or Treat

Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Pequot Lakes will host a trunk or treat event for the community from 5 p.m. until the treats are gone (around 6:30 p.m.) Thursday, Oct. 31, at the church.

Community members are invited to open their car trunk and dole out Halloween treats to children, and community children are invited to participate.

Trunk ‘N’ Treat

Crosslake Lutheran Church will host a trunk ‘n’ treat event at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at the church, where there will be decorated cars in the church parking lot and games in the Fellowship Hall. Supper will be available inside.

Trunk or Treat

Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes invites families to the church's parking lot for a safe gathering for children of all ages from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.


This free Trunk or Treat event will include candy and Halloween fun. Come in costumes and trick-or-treat.

In the event of extreme weather the event will continue indoors. For more information, visit

Autumn Carnival

Mildred Bible Chapel, four miles north of Pine River, will host its annual Autumn Carnival from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

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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