Ghosts and ghouls gather to bring Halloween fun

Several Halloween events throughout the lakes area will provide fun for everyone.

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The annual Haunted House at the Becker County Fairgrounds will have a theme theme inspired by cinematic movies.
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DETROIT LAKES — The ghoulish growls and ghastly gasps of Halloween coincide with sweet treats for many people. For Becker County Museum Executive Director Becky Mitchell, she appreciates handing treats to kids dressed for the holiday and joining the effort to scare the bejesus out of people.

Mitchell is one of the about 40 volunteers that create, decorate and host the annual Haunted House at the Becker County Fairgrounds. The event is in its third year.

“We came up with a theme inspired by cinematic movies,” she said. “It will feel familiar from popular (scary) movies, but the props will not be used as expected.”

Mitchell said because of sponsors' support with hard costs, such as renting the space and insurance, they were able to purchase many new props. Then, preparation began on creating a scare-filled night for those who attend.

The tours will be given on Oct. 21-22; 27-29 from 7-9 p.m. and take about 10 minutes, on average. However, groups are able to move at their own pace, Mitchell said, and some people run, while others enjoy the decorations and actors in each scare room.


Groups are limited to five people and there is a $10 cash entry fee. Beware, the event is not intended for young children. Those younger than 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The Haunted House is located at the Becker County Fairgrounds, 1310 Rossman Ave.

Mitchell said the haunted house fundraiser is one of the more popular events the museum hosts. She added the proceeds help fund programming at the museum, such as camps, classes and outreach.

Halloween decorations will be on display at many events planned throughout the lakes area.
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Other Halloween events in the area

Saturday, Oct. 22

The Barn at Dunvilla, 48203 U.S. Highway 59, Pelican Rapids, is hosting a Harry Potter Night from 6-9:30 p.m. The free event invites all to dress in their favorite costume and spend an evening at Hogwarts. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone begins at 6:30 p.m. with butter beer shakes and honeydukes treats to be handed out. Those attending are invited to bring blankets, sleeping bags and chairs.

Otter Berry Farm has a corn maze along with live music, games, food trucks and more from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., as well as a night maze event from 7:30-10 p.m. The corn maze is located at 38132 470th Ave., New York Mills.

Friday, Oct. 28

The Boys and Girls Club of Detroit Lakes, 150 Richwood Rd., is hosting a free Halloween party from 4-6 p.m. Activities, treats and games will be offered during the all-ages event.


Attendees are encouraged to wear a costume. Please note, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Eagles Club of Detroit Lakes, 112 Holmes St. W, is hosting an adult Halloween bash. Starting at 8 p.m., there will be contests for pumpkin carving and costumes. Karaoke will be offered as well.

Saturday, Oct. 29

The Halloween Hoot will be offering a kids' party at the Washington Square Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids should wear their costumes and expect free games to play.

The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will host a Halloween Party for kids 10 and younger, from 12-3 p.m. There will be games, crafts and treats. Costumes are encouraged for this free event.

Sunday, Oct. 30

Team Industries is hosting a Trunk or Treat event at 500 Robin St., Audubon. Kids are encouraged to dress up and stop by between 4-7 p.m. to enjoy trick or treating at several decorated trunks. Games and food will also be provided.

The Four-Corners Lions Club is hosting a Trunk or Treat at Lakes Corner Liquor, 18097 County Highway 29, Detroit Lakes, from 3-6 p.m. In addition to treats being handed out, hot dogs and other fun will be offered. The Four-Corners Lions Club requests those who attend bring a Thanksgiving food item for the food pantry.


Monday, Oct. 31

The Detroit Lakes Public Library, 1000 Washington Ave., will host a Halloween Scavenger hunt starting at 9 a.m. Beloved book characters will be hidden in costumes around the library. Those who find all the characters will win a prize.

The annual Trunk or Treat at Niijii Radio, 607 Main Ave., Callaway, will be held from 4-7 p.m. Trunks will be set up and chili and fry bread will be served along with music for all to enjoy.

In Frazee, a Halloween Boo Bash will be held at the Frazee Event Center. Games and treats will be offered from 4-7 p.m. There will also be a pulled pork sandwich dinner for a free-will offering.

Also in Frazee, the annual Trick or Treat Halloween Parade invites kids to get their costumes on and form a line by the elementary school, which is located on Hickory Ave. W. The line-up begins at 5 p.m., with the parade march starting at 5:30 p.m. The parade route depends on if construction is completed at the Lake Street and Main Avenue intersection.

In Perham, a Trunk or Treat event will be held at United Community Bank, 301 W Main St., from 5:30-7 p.m. The bank is partnering with area businesses to offer plenty of on-site trick-or-treating.

In New York Mills, a Trunk or Treat will be held at the City Center (118 N Main Ave.) from 4:30-6:30 p.m. All are welcome for family fun and treats.

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