It's another season that the Whitefish Chain does well: the spooky season of Halloween. The colorful leaves blowing across the roads in the wind, the chill in the air and the skeletal trees all give Minnesota's Whitefish Chain of Lakes a picturesque Halloween vibe. This year the spooky holiday falls on a Thursday, which means that events are stretched over the weekend before as well as the day of Halloween.
If you've got kids to entertain this year, you've got lots of options for safe trick-or-treating in the area. Trick or treat from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 26 in Downtown Pequot Lakes, where local businesses will be handing out candy. The Cass County Sheriff's Office will host a safe, free event from 4:30-7 p.m. on Halloween, where kids can get goodie bags with coloring books, safety tips and treats.
Several churches are also hosting "trunk or treat" events: Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa will hold its event from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27; Our Savior's Lutheran Church will hold theirs on Halloween night from 5-8 p.m.; and Crosslake Lutheran will host its event at 5:30 p.m. on Halloween, which will include trick-or-treating in the parking lot and games in the fellowship hall.
Parties abound for both adults and Children. The Nisswa American Legion will host its Halloween bash on Saturday night, Oct. 25, followed by the children's Halloween party the next day from 1-3 p.m. The children's party is a perennial favorite.
The Babinski Foundation, an animal shelter west of Pequotl Lakes, will host Barktoberfest from 4-6 p.m. on Halloween. Come in costume- and bring your pet in costume too!- to compete in the costume contest (voting will be on Facebook). There will also be cider and candy. The event is billed as a great way to kick off trick-or-treating! Of course, there will be lots of animals looking for new homes. Perhaps this is the time for you to bring one home!
The Crosslake Community Center will host its annual children's Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 26 from noon to 2 p.m. This event is an annual favorite for toddlers to age nine. Kids can play games and win treats in the Community Center gym.
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You'll find that just about every bar, American Legion and VFW has a Halloween party with prizes and specials. The hardest part will be choosing which one to go to! You'll find live music, costume contests and drink specials all across the area, typically held on Saturday.
Enjoy the holiday and have fun!