Where to find Halloween events in the area
With Halloween on a Tuesday this year, why limit the spooky fun to only one night? Candy, games and costume fests will occur throughout the weekend.
Haunted History Night
5:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27
The Runestone Museum at 206 Broadway St. in Alexandria will host a night of storytelling, a special scavenger hunt, hot apple cider and light snacks. Admission fee is $5-$10 for members and $8-$20 for non-members.
Scary Radio Theater
7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27
Lakes Area Radio Theatre at 2214 Geneva Road, Alexandria will present three spooky acts about a vanished friend, a murder witness, and mobsters trying to communicate with their dead boss. $8.
7-9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27
Entertainment includes some spooky surprises in this theatrical collaboration between the Alexandria Senior Center and the Andria Theatre. Andria Theatre, 618 Broadway St., Alexandria. $10.
Kids Halloween Painting Party
10:30 a.m.-Noon on Saturday, Oct. 28
Kids ages 5-14 can paint a ghost, a jack-o-lantern or a black cat at this party at Art Bar 39 Studio in the Viking Plaza Mall. Milk and cookies will be served. $15.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29
The Runestone Museum will give treats to those who come dressed in their Halloween costume. There will also be a special scavenger hunt. Admission: $8-$20.
Youth Halloween Party
4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29
Costumes are encouraged for this party at Carlos Town Hall, 210 Victoria Ave. in Carlos,
featuring games, a bike drawing, photo station, crafts, face painting, treats and more. Free. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.
Library Halloween Film
10:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 30
Kids ages 2 and up can decorate their own "cars" for a "Drive-In Trunk of Treat" at the Douglas County Library, then watch a short, non-scary Halloween-inspired movie. Costumes are welcome but not required. To register, please 320-762-3013. Free.
Downtown Trick or Treating
3-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31
Costumed trick-or-treaters can head downtown, where the Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association will give out candy.
Halloween Fun for Little Ones
3:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31
Halloween surprises at the Early Education Center, 1410 S. McKay Ave. in Alexandria, include games, story time, music and fall activities. Costumes are optional. Free.
Scaring up Fun in Osakis
5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31
Kids should dress in Halloween costumes for the annual Osakis Halloween party Osakis High School cafeteria, 500 1st Ave. E, geared for children through sixth grade. The event includes hot dogs, chips, cookie and punch, game tables, crafts and prizes. Adults and older kids can eat for a $1 donation.
First Lutheran Trunk or Treat
4:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31
This annual tradition at the corner of Ninth and Douglas streets in Alexandria invites children to trick or treat from car trunk to car trunk. The church asks families to bring a nonperishable food shelf item.
First Presbyterian Trunk or Treat
4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31
First Presbyterian Church at 101 W. Oak St., Osakis says all kids are welcome to this annual trick-or-treat event in the church parking lot.
5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31
Viking Plaza in Alexandria will offer warm, indoor trick or treating for kids.
Candy Buy Back
Candy will be collected:
7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1
7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2 and Friday, Nov. 3
7 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6
Alexandria Smiles will offer its 10th annual Halloween candy buy back. Any child who brings in their unopened candy to the dental office at 1400 Hawthorne St., Suite 3 will receive $1 per pound up to 5 pounds. Candy and other necessities will be sent to troops overseas through Operation Gratitude. Children will be entered into a drawing for a door prize.
For more information, call 320-762-0217 or visit www.OperationGratitude.com.