Area residents from young to old donned costumes Thursday, Oct. 31, for various Halloween events across the lakes area.
The AmericInn in Pequot Lakes/Jenkins hosted its annual Haunted Hallway, raising $1,280 for the Christmas for Kids organization. Nearly 600 children walked the hallway, entering themed rooms sponsored by area businesses who got into the spirit by dressing up, decorating the rooms and doling out candy.
Those who ventured into rooms voted for their favorites. Winners were A-Maze-N-Pumpkinz’ scary room, first; 4-H Ambassadors’ Harry Potter-themed room, second; and Trout Lake Camp’s Paul Bunyan-themed room, third.
In Nisswa, elementary school students paraded through downtown Nisswa in costume, trick-or-treating along the way and receiving treats from merchants along the route.
Crosslake Community School students also had a Halloween parade, making their way through Crosslake Town Square, down a line of cars for trunk-or-treat, and visiting other nearby Crosslake businesses.
The Pine River-Backus Elementary School also featured a parade of students in costumes which wove through school hallways on their way to a ROAR Rally in the Gym.