Welcome all ghouls and goblins to downtown Brainerd for Spooktacular Week.
To ensure a safe event for business owners and the public, this year’s Halloween activities will be spread out over the course of Spooktacular Week, now through Saturday, Oct. 31.
Selfie Station Photo Booth – Get into the Halloween spirit by visiting these selfie stations. Post your photo to the Destination Downtown Facebook page for a chance to win a prize package. Winner will be chosen by online voting.
Bell Creations, 217 S. Seventh St., Suite 17
Bob and Fran’s Furniture, 724 Laurel St.
Brainerd American Legion, 708 Front St.
Bremer Bank (west foyer), 321 S. Seventh St.
Knotty Pine Bakery, 707 Laurel St.
Purple Fern Bath Company, 719 Laurel St.
Rau Graphics & Designs, 814 Front St.
The Gallery, 222 S. Seventh St.
Visit Brainerd, 706 Laurel St.
Bat Bingo Scavenger Hunt – Players can pick up a Bat Bingo (BATGO) card at downtown Brainerd businesses and play for prizes by finding decorated bats throughout downtown.
Trick or treating – Participating downtown businesses will be distributing Halloween candy to children in costume during the week.
Spooktacular Week is presented by Destination Downtown Brainerd Coalition. To learn more about Spooktacular Week or the Destination Downtown Brainerd Coalition, visit us on Facebook.
Minnesota’s Most Haunted Locations virtual event with paranormal investigator Chad Lewis will be 7-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.
Paranormal researcher Chad Lewis is a researcher, author and lecturer on topics of the strange and unusual. His background is in psychology as he did both his bachelor’s and master’s degree work in the field but for the last 20-plus years he has traveled the globe in search of unique and bizarre stories and history.
Sign up here to get the event connection information: https://forms.gle/PDiwuB52iHmm3wsa8. A computer is not needed for this virtual program. A smartphone or tablet will also work.
Participants’ email addresses will be used to send the information to connect to the event a day or two beforehand.
BAXTER — Lord of Life Lutheran, 6190 Fairview Road, Baxter, will have a Halloween Mask Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.
The families of the community are invited to come to the parking lot of Lord of Life and help create a Halloween parade route for the kids. The parade will go through the parking lot and the backyard of the church. Kids are invited to wear their costumes and masks. Adults, wear masks and a costume if you want and cheer on the kids as they show off their costumes and have a little fun. A small bag of goodies will be given to each at the end of this safe Halloween event.
All tiny goblins, superheroes and ghouls age 10 and younger are asked to gather outside at the back of the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Care Center in Crosby beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.
Children will trick or treat for self-serve candy at scary stations that will be set up outside of individual residents windows. All stations will be more than 6 feet apart and candy will be pre-packaged.
Trick-or-treaters must social distance as they move from each spooktacular station to the main entrance collecting their loot. They’ll be able to greet residents through their festively decorated windows. The community will also be able to vote on the residents’ window decorating competition at a station under the Care Center’s main entrance.
BAXTER — Christ Lutheran Church, 13815 Cherrywood Drive, Baxter, will host a Halloween Drive-Thru 4:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1420 S. Sixth St., Brainerd, will host its second annual trunk-or-treat event 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in the church parking lot. Limited treats along with a bag lunch will be given out by approximately 30 cars. It will be a safe family event open to anyone in the community.
BAXTER — Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 6311 Mildred Road, Baxter, will host a drive-thru, touch-free Halloween event 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31. The event will feature fun candy stations, providing sweet treats to children in safe, drive-thru style.
The Outreach Board at Prince of Peace noted each driver will receive a single plastic bag for candy as they enter the church’s parking lot, with all candy going into the driver’s bag. After driving through, the driver can distribute the candy, as appropriate, to the children in attendance. This will help keep the event moving efficiently, touch-free and in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
More information can be found at princeofpeacelutheran.church.
Sponsors of this community event include Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Thrivent Financial, Walmart, Cub Foods, Target, Menards, SuperOne Foods and Costco.
Trunk or treat will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Brainerd Church of the Nazarene, 16549 Johnson Road, Brainerd.
PEQUOT LAKES — Trick or treat at local Pequot Lakes’ businesses 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 31.
Enjoy juice and s’mores at the Bonfire in the Park hosted by the Miss Pequot Lakes Royalty.
PEQUOT LAKES — Children and their families are invited to a drive-thru trunk or treat event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at Grace United Methodist Church, 29318 Patriot Ave., Pequot Lakes.
Guests will be asked to stay in vehicles and will be greeted by people in costumes. Each child will receive a bag of Halloween treats.
Pumpkin decorating will be 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in the lower level of the Northland Arboretum.
Cost is $8/pumpkin for members and $10/pumpkin for non-members. Choose from one of five different styles. Pumpkin and all the supplies are provided.
RSVP the pumpkin you want to decorate.
Child must be accompanied by an adult.
Pre-registration and payment is required at time of registration. Space is limited to 20, so register ASAP. Deadline to register is Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Class fee is non-refundable. COVID-19 precautions will be in place. Face masks required.
Registration and payment for this workshop can be made by contacting the Northland Arboretum at 218-829-8770.
Low Scare Haunted Trail
One day only, Saturday, Oct. 31, from 4-7 p.m., experience haunted thrills featuring The Great Pumpkin, Underwater World, Jurassic Park, The Nightmare Before Christmas and more. This is an outdoor event and cost is $5 per person.
T-shirts and finger flashlights will be for sale.
There will be a trunk or treat at the end of the trail.
Face masks required. COVID-19 precautions implemented.