Don your costumes and bring your candy bags, Halloween fans — Detroit Lakes will be handing out a full bag of assorted holiday treats this year.

Summit Avenue Block Party

Always a favorite haunt for the masses on the evening of Halloween, the historical Summit Avenue offers the right backdrop for the scary season, with its rows of old-growth trees and some of Detroit Lakes’ biggest and oldest houses.

It has the right feel, with music in the air and lots of activity. The local radio station broadcasts live from Summit every year, and the sidewalks are packed with trick-or-treaters dressed as unicorns, werewolves and everything in-between. Large group shindigs are often part of the party, too, such as church-sponsored tent events.

Many of the homeowners along Summit really get into the spirit, meeting candy-seeking kids at their doorsteps on their front lawns wearing costumes of their own. Some go all out, creating elaborate Halloween displays in their yards, and finding new and creative ways to give people a fright.

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This year, there’ll be a new option for satisfying sweet tooths on Summit. Brad Meverden, of Brad’s Mini Donuts concession stand, happens to live on Summit, just north of Willow Street. Instead of candy, he’ll be giving out free mini donuts this year. His stand will be set up at the end of his driveway.

“Normally at my house I get somewhere between 850 to 1,000 trick-or-treaters every year,” he said. “So we might serve 1,000 to 1,200 people, is what I’m kind of guessing … I don’t think the (doughnut-making) machine will ever shut off.”

He plans to give out about four to six doughnuts per person, depending on how long the line gets, for about four hours during peak trick-or-treating time, roughly 4-8 p.m.

Meverden has owned his food stand for six seasons, he said, bringing it to county fairs and other events around Wisconsin in the summers, and ending the season at the Minnesota State Fair.

He’s wanted to offer mini doughnuts at Halloween for awhile now but knew it would be too much to handle on his own. This year, some local volunteers offered to help him out. The stand will be decorated for Halloween, and he and the rest of the crew will be in costume.

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  • The Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes will be opening their doors to the public for a Halloween Fun House. From 4 to 6 p.m. at the club’s new facility at 150 Richwood Road, there will be games, treats, activities and even a light dinner offered. The event is new this year, and free to everyone, with both members and nonmembers of the club welcome. Children must have an adult with them.
  • From 5 to 7 p.m., Essentia Health-St. Mary’s EMS will be hosting a Trunk-Or-Treat in the parking lot across from the EMS building — within walking distance to the Summit Avenue Block Party, for families who want to do both that night. Community members and businesses join the EMS in decorating their vehicles, wearing uniforms or costumes, and offering candy to kids. The event is designed to be a fun and safe experience for everyone.