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Halloween activities set in Bemidji area

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The following organizations and businesses will host activities during the Halloween weekend:

- Trick or Treating at Bemidji State University, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Oak, Pine, Tamarack, Linden and Birch Halls. The event is free and open to the public. Participants are invited to stop at the front desk of each hall to get a list of rooms that will be handing out candy or individuals can look for the rooms with the orange "Trick or Treat" tags. Birch and Linden hall will host activities for small children and families including games, prizes and snacks.

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- Trick or Treating will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at participating businesses on Third Street, in Bemidji

Children can visit all participating businesses for trick or treating, store specials, a costume contest and register to win an oversized pumpkin from the Pick-a-Pumpkin Patch.

Participating businesses include Cool Threads, EAPC, Harmony Foods, Tutto Bene, TKz Closet, Vacuum and Sew Center, KRKB Music Outlet, Northway Insurance, Buy Line, Glazed and Amused, Woolen Mills, Bad Cat Creations, Explore Chiropractic and Cabin Coffeehouse and Cafe.

For details, call Leslie at Explore Chiropractic at 333-8811.

- Fall Carnival, 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, at Lincoln Elementary School, 1617 Fifth St. N.E., Bemidji. The public is invited for food, games, prizes and fun. Appropriate costumes are welcome and children must be accompanied by an adult.

- Halloween '09 sponsored by the Bemidji Jaycees and Lazy Acres Pick-A-Pumpkin Patch from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31, at Lazy Acres, eight miles south of Bemidji on U.S. Highway 71, one mile west on South Plantagenet Road and south on 229th Avenue.

The cost is $7 per person, with a percentage of the proceeds going to support various charities including the Bemidji Jaycees and their causes. Small children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lazy Acres features a hay ride and corn maze along with other fun on the farm including pumpkin chucking, a bonfire, fresh baked goods and hot apple cider.

For more information visit the Web site pickapumpkinpatch.com.

Halloween activities in Bemidji:

- Bemidji Boo Bash will be held from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in the main building at Diamond Point Park, 1710 Birchmont Dr. N.E., Bemidji. The cost is $3 per person, which includes a pumpkin decorating contest, a craft, treat making and a costume contest. For more information, call Samantha Parker at 333-1857.

- Treat Street sponsored by RP Broadcasting, Pepsi-Nei Bottling, Bemidji Chrysler Center and Paul Bunyan Telephone Cooperative will be held from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Bemidji High School, enter through the Jacks door. Participants are asked to bring a donation for the local food shelf. Participants must be 12 years old and under, accompanied by an adult and have a ticket. For information on where to pick up tickets visit the Web site wbji.com, kkbj.com or wmisfm.com.

- Ninth Annual Boofest will be held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Headwaters Science Center, 418 Beltrami Ave. N.W., Bemidji. The event is free of charge and open to elementary and middle-school aged children. Activities include crafts, games, prizes and costumes as well as free access to the exhibit floor. For more information, call 444-4472.

- Paul Bunyan Mall will host trick or treating from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, 1401 Paul Bunyan Dr. N.W.

- Fall Festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Rd. S.W. Bemidji. Children in preschool through the fifth grade are invited to participate in this event which will include a treat walk and a screening of the VeggieTales movie "Where is God when I'm scared?" Participants are asked to bring a bag of candy or a bag of fruit for admission. For details, call 751-8834.

In surrounding areas:

- Treats for Tots sponsored by Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe will be held from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Northern Lights Casino in Walker, Palace Casino in Cass Lake and Morse Town Hall in Deer River. The event is free and open to the public. Children will not be exposed to casino activity.

- Fall Festival, 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Kelliher School. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a pumpkin carving contest; children's costume contest; prizes; a creepy café featuring a hot dog meal for $3 and a haunted house for $2 per person.

- Halloween Party sponsored by WiltonKids from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Sacred Heart Church in Wilton. The party is free of charge and open to kids 12 years old and under. Parents are invited to stay or drop off their children. There will be games and prizes as well as other Halloween activities. For more information, call 751-1186.

- Community Halloween Party sponsored by Hubbard Mothers Homemakers Club, area townships and local businesses will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, Fern Town Hall, one mile west of Becida. Participants of all ages are welcome to attend. The event is free of charge and will include games, prizes, bingo and free lunch. Costumes are welcome.

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