Halloween events give kids a safe place to wear a costume and get candy

Pounding pumpkins at the Early Childhood Program “unscary Halloween.”

More than 100 families participated in the “unscary Halloween” party at the Central Learning Center on Thursday, Oct. 25.  The event was hosted by the Forest Lake school district’s Early Childhood Program.

Each child left with a book, thanks to Target Corporation.  Frandsen Bank and Rainbow Foods donated money for pumpkins and a healthy snack.

Members of the high school National Honor Society helped with set-up, ran the games and applied face paint, helped decorate pumpkins, served snacks and stayed for clean up.

The volunteers were Katie Lenz, Chandler Boyd, Jade Haseltine, Hayley Waldoch, Austin Riedeman, Bailey Norby, Taylor Shortly, Rachel Rue, Angie Stroeing, Emily Riermann, Jacob Colling and Savannah Meier.

The event drew 158 parents, 184 children and 36 aunts, uncles and grandparents.

“Trunk or treat” participants at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wyoming.

The “trunk or treat” safe Halloween event at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wyoming had 12 cars with open trunks for trick-or-treaters to visit, and “we gave out a boatload of candy,” said Janet Nutter, Director of Children’s Ministries. “It was our first time, and I think it will definitely be an annual event,” she said. “It was great for the little kids, for our confirmation students, and for older participants to see lots of kids and costumes,” she said.

Henry Federer searched for “eyeballs” in the “brains” at the safe Halloween event held at the Scandia fire hall.

Scandia’s annual Halloween party at the fire hall proceeded without Elim Youth Director Amanda Franklin, who resigned in October to get married and start a new life in Duluth. Debbie Krentz, director of children’s education, organized two shifts of student volunteers to manage the games. The Lions served supper, and the fire department supervised the bonfire and hayrides.