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Tricks and treats: Halloween events planned for Bemidji area

As the leaves start to get crunchier under our feet and jack-o'-lanterns glow from doorsteps at night, it's a sign that Halloween is on its way. Here's a look at some of the area's spooky festivities.

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A house along Callihan Avenue Northeast is decorated and ready for Halloween on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, in Bemidji.
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BEMIDJI — As the leaves start to get crunchier under our feet and jack-o'-lanterns glow from doorsteps at night, it's a sign that Halloween is on its way.

In the Bemidji area, plenty of events are in store. From participating in a pumpkin scavenger hunt to learning about the history of ouija boards, there are tons of local happenings planned where children, adults, and even dogs can get in on the Halloween fun.

Whether you're hoping to celebrate the holiday by having a tea party with creepy dolls or you're just looking for somewhere to get free candy, here's a look at some of the area's spooky festivities:

Witch hat-making

Watermark Art Center is set to offer witch hat-making classes from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at Watermark.

Participants will begin with a velvet witch hat and add flora, fauna and a brew of other items to complete the hat, a release said.

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Hats and all materials will be provided. The registration fee is $40 for non-members and $38 for members.

For more information and to register, visit watermarkartcenter.org.

Family Halloween dance

The city of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department will host a family Halloween dance from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Hampton Inn and Suites.

The family-friendly event will include dancing, dinner and Halloween crafts. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes, and there will be a costume contest with prizes, a release said.

The cost is $25 per participant, and children younger than 4 years old are free.

To register, visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us.

Creepy doll tea party

The Beltrami County Historical Society will host a creepy doll tea party at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, at the history center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

Harmony Food Co-op will provide tea and cookies at the event.

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Prizes will be awarded to participants who dress up like their doll, and awards will also be given to the creepiest doll and oldest doll.

The cost to attend is $5 per person. To purchase tickets, visit www.beltramihistory.org.

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A house along St. Onge Drive is decorated for Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, in Bemidji.
Madelyn Haasken / Bemidji Pioneer

Halloween scavenger hunt

The city of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Halloween scavenger hunt through Oct. 24.

Pumpkins are located in Bemidji city parks, and each pumpkin has a special clue, riddle or activity for participants to solve, a release said.

Once registered for the program, participants will receive the game card. Families who find all the pumpkins will win a Halloween prize.

Only one family member needs to sign up to gain access to the program. For more information or to register, visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us.

Bark N Boo

The city of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Bark N Boo event from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Nymore Dog Park, 625 Miles Ave. SE.

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Attendees are encouraged to dress up their dogs for the event, which will include games, prizes and treat bags, a release said. A costume contest for dogs will be held at 5:30 p.m.

The cost to participate is $6 per household. To register, visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us.

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EmmaRae Tanem hugs Ice, her Great Dane wearing a doctor costume, while also holding onto Remington, who’s dressed as a “she-ruff,” at the Bark N’ Boo event in 2021 at the Nymore Dog Park.
Jillian Gandsey / Bemidji Pioneer

Halloween activities at BSU and NTC

Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College will host a variety of on-campus Halloween-themed events and activities Oct. 27-31 at BSU and NTC campuses.

Trick-or-Treating at the Residence Halls is back at BSU for the first time since 2019. On Halloween, residents in BSU’s Birch, Linden, Oak and Tamarack halls will be on hand to deliver treats and possibly a few tricks from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, or until costumed visitors have drained participating rooms of candy. Rooms with orange trick-or-treat tags are participating in the event, and visitors can pick up lists of participating rooms at each building’s front desk. For more information, contact BSU’s Office of Housing and Residential Life at (218) 755-3750 or reslife@bemidjistate.edu.

Costume contest and poetry reading is set for Thursday, Oct. 27, hosted by BSU's Milk Tooth student club, which publishes a journal of BSU student writing. There will be a costume contest for BSU students and a spooky-themed open mic night that is open to all. Following the student costume contest, a mic will be open for anyone who has a spooky tale, poem, song or other story to share. Attendees are invited to bring in their favorite ghost stories or to make up their own. For more information, contact Dr. Chad Abushanab, assistant professor of English, at chad.abushanab@bemidjistate.edu.

NTC Halloween Party, coordinated by the college’s Child Care Club, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. Attendees can tour a treat route that encompasses the entire college, visiting NTC faculty and staff and Bemidji-area business sponsors who will also be participating in the event.

Enchanted Halloween Walk

The Apple Blossom Village will host an Enchanted Halloween Walk fundraiser from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, in the yurts in the outdoor space at Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. NW.

"Walk the jack-o'-lantern lit path, experience shadow puppetry, stories and fairytales, stop by the yurts for a taste of homemade applesauce and Halloween fun, and free cider at the campfire," a release said. "Stop by the Autumn Bake Shoppe for treats for $1 to $5 on the way out."

Walks will begin approximately every half hour. The last walk will begin at 8 p.m. Friday evening and 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

As this is a family event, organizers ask that attendees refrain from wearing horror/gory costumes, the release said.

The event is open to the community and geared toward those ages 2 to 10 and their families. The cost is $10 per person or $48 for families of five to eight people, ages 2 and younger are free.

Funds raised will go toward the school's summer camps and nature school.

Tickets are available online at appleblossomvillage.org/yurt-fundraiser-shoppe or at the gate. For more information contact, (218) 766-0640.

Wine and spirit games

The Beltrami County Historical Society will host a wine and spirit games event at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at the history center, 130 Minnesota Ave. SW.

Attendees will enjoy wine and appetizers while learning about the history of spirit games. The event will include mini tarot readings and an opportunity to try out a ouija board, a release said.

Attendees can also purchase spirit games and accessories at the event.

The cost is $15 per non-member and $10 per member. To buy tickets, visit www.beltramihistory.org.

Boo Bash Halloween party

A Boo Bash Halloween party will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at North Country Park.

Costumes are encouraged. At the event, attendees can play Halloween games, listen to spooky stories, search for hidden pumpkins and play mini golf.

Participants will receive tickets for the activities which can be cashed into prizes.

The cost to attend is $20 per family. To register, visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us.

Explorers Halloween Party

As part of its Harmony Co-op Explorers program, an Explorers Halloween Party will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the co-op.

Co-op Explorers will be able to make a Halloween craft at the event. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes, and treats will be provided.

Harmony Co-op Explorers is a free program for children ages 12 and younger. To learn more about becoming a Co-op Explorer or to register for the event, visit harmonyfoods.coop/harmonycoopexplorers.

For more information, contact Andrea at (218) 751-2009 ext. 107, or at education@harmonyfoods.coop.

Boo Dash 5K

The city of Bemidji Parks and Recreation Department is set to hold a Boo Dash 5K on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Bemidji City Park.

Costumes are strongly encouraged. Registration will start at 9 a.m. with the race starting at 10 a.m.

Pre-registration cost is $15, or $20 for day-of registration. To register, visit www.ci.bemidji.mn.us.

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Parks and Rec's annual Boo Dash 5K will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Bemidji City Park.
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Spooky candlelight hike

Lake Bemidji State Park will host a spooky candlelight hike from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the park, 3401 State Park Road NE.

The self-guided hike is family-friendly and will follow along the Paul Bunyan State Trail. A short story will be read at 6 p.m. at the amphitheater.

Costumes are encouraged and there will be games, treats and crafts at the visitor center.

For more information, visit the Lake Bemidji State Park website or call (218) 308-2300. All vehicles entering the park will need a valid Minnesota state park vehicle permit, which costs $7 per day or $35 per year.

Trunk N’ Treat

Bemidji First Assembly of God will host its second annual Shine Light "Trunk N' Treat" event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, in the church parking lot, 1015 Fourth St. SE.

"Trunk N' Treat" is a Halloween alternative where families can receive trinkets and candy. More than 20 cars will be set up in the parking lot, each with a different fun theme, a release said.

The event is free to attend and open to the public. For more information, contact the church at (218) 751-2485.

Shine Carnival

Bemidji Covenant Church will host a Shine Carnival from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31, at the church, 5405 Hart Lane NW.

The family-friendly event will include games, treats, prizes and more. For more information, visit the Shine Carnival Facebook page.

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