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UPDATED: Halloween Happenings In The Brainerd Lakes Area

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If you are looking for some fun this Halloween season, here is a list of a few ideas – from no-scare to low-scare… from high-scare to INSANE-scare… Check out these events as you make your Spooktacular plans!

           2023 HALLOWEEN / HAUNTED 

                   EVENTS IN THE B.L.A

UPDATED:  10/27/23



Light Up The Dam presents Camp Spooktacular Fri.-Sun. Oct. 27-29 at the Crosslake Recreation Area on Co. Rd. 66 in Crosslake.  For $100, guests can rent a campsite, and get one bundle of firewood.  Then, decorate your site and prepare yourself for trick-or-treaters on Sat. Oct. 28 from 3:30-7:00!  Turn out your campsite lights when you run out of candy – or run into town and buy more!  To learn more, call 763-257-9525 or send an email to  More info is also available at

Everyone is invited to The Haunted Bungalows in Pequot Lakes on Fri. & Sat.  Oct. 27 & 28 from 7:00-9:00pm.  The event takes place at Bobbertown Bungalows on Rasmussen Road in Pequot Lakes.  The free-will donation haunted trail will be open for two hours each night and all are welcome.  Visit Facebook and search Bobbertown Bungalows for more information.

Paul Bunyan Land on State Hwy 18 east of Brainerd invites you to its final Haunted Hidden Hollows of the year on Fri. and Sat., Oct. 27 & 28.  Gates open each night at 7:00 and the last tickets are sold at 10:00.  Considered central Minnesota’s largest haunted attraction, the path, maze, and house are redesigned every year and it promises to “scare the YELL” out of you!  The cost runs from $14 to $28, depending on how daring you are!  Concessions will be available for sale (hot chocolate, apple cider, hot dogs, nachos, pop, cotton candy and more).  For info, visit

Kids are invited to put their Halloween costumes on and do some Trick or Treating in Pequot Lakes on Sat. Oct. 28th.  From 10:00-12:00, kids can trick or treat from trunk to trunk in the parking lots of Pequot Lakes Baptist Church/Trailside Center on Rasmussen Road in Pequot Lakes, Grace United Methodist Church and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.  Miss Pequot Lakes Royalty will host a bonfire at Trailside Park with s’mores and juice and local law enforcement and businesses will also hand out candy.  For information and directions, visit Facebook and search Trunk or Treat Trailside Center.

Fleet Farm in Baxter (and ALL Fleet Farm locations) will host a Trick or Treat & Costume Contest event on Sat. Oct. 28th.  Kids can trick or treat for FREE at Fleet Farm from 10:00-12:00 and the costume contest will run from 12:00-12:30.  The winner will receive a Fleet Farm Gift Card!  For more info, visit Facebook and search Fleet Farm Halloween.

The Destination Downtown Brainerd Coalition invites the public to the 2023 Downtown Brainerd Spooktacular event on Sat. Oct. 28th from 11:00-1:00.  The lineup for the Kids Costume Parade will start at 10:15 where the first 10 kids will receive a free s’mores kit.  The parade starts at 10:30 from the Bremer Bank parking lot.  Then, from 11:00-1:00, kids can go trick or treating at participating downtown businesses and there will be a photo scavenger hunt that runs until 4:00.  Enjoy fun photo opportunities, hot apple cider and more!  For info, visit Facebook and search Destination Downtown Brainerd.

Cub Foods in Brainerd and Baxter invite area families to their Cub Kids Halloween Event on Sat. Oct. 28th from 11:00-2:00.  Kids are encouraged to put on their costumes and trick or treat throughout the store.  They’ll have bakery cookie giveaways, pumpkin decorating for kids and coloring sheets!  Theis event will take place at both Cub Foods locations.

Spooktacular Halloween Party will be held at the Crosslake Community Center on Sat. Oct. 28th from 12:00-2:00 and is geared toward children ages toddler to 9 years.  There will be activities, games, treats and fun for all.  Costumes are encouraged.  All ghosts and goblins must be accompanied by an adult.

The Woods (restaurant) north of Brainerd on Co. Rd. 3 will host a FREE Trunk or Treat event on Sat. Oct. 28 from 12:00-2:00.  This free, safe and fun event for kids will net them some candy and they can take the “Haunted Bus Tour” and enjoy some spooky surprises!  It all takes place in the Gather On 3 Event Center parking lot.  Come in costume… bring your pet in costume… free popcorn will be available, too!  For more info, visit Facebook and search The Woods.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd invites the public to its annual Trunk or Treat event on Sat. Oct. 28th from 3:00-5:00. Kids, put on your costume come trick-or-treating from trunk to trunk in the parking lot of the church at 1420 S. 6th Street in Brainerd.  All are welcome!

The Northland Arboretum in Brainerd/Baxter will host a Low-Scare Trail and Trunk or Treat event on Sat. Oct. 28th from 4:00-6:00 at the Arb.  Tickets are $5 and available online in advance at  This is an outdoor event.

The public is invited to the Nisswa Fire Department’s 25th Annual Haunted Barn & Hayride on Sat. Oct. 28th in Nisswa.  Take a stroll through the barn from 5:00-7:00 for the “not-so-scary” haunting (no live spooks)… then from 7:00-9:00, hold on for some serious scares!  There will also be bonfires with s’mores, games and other concessions. Costumes are encouraged! Proceeds will benefit the Nisswa Fire Department.  To learn more (and for the specific address on Garden View Road), visit Facebook and search Nisswa Fire Department.


Get ready for a spooktacular good time at the Halloween Bash at the Northern Pacific Center in Brainerd on Sun. Oct. 29th from 11:00-4:00 for a day filled with thrilling adventures and family fun.  Hay rides, trick-or-treating, blazing bonfires, bouncy houses, the traveling art pub, petting zoo, outdoor market, food trucks and face painting!  The cost is only $5 – kids 3 and under get in free!  Learn more on Facebook by searching Halloween Bash Northern Pacific Center.

The Center in Brainerd will host Scary Bingo on Sun. Oct. 29th starting at 1:00!  It’s just $7 per card for bingo and there will be a meat raffle happening at the same time!  Lunch will be served after Bingo, too!  All are welcome!  Visit Facebook and search The Center Brainerd for more information.


The Ideal Fire Department will host a Trunk or Treat event from 2:00-4:00 on Sun. Oct. 29th at the Ideal Fire Department and Community Center in Pequot Lakes.  All are welcome.

Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa invites the public to its annual Trunk or Treat event on Sun. Oct. 29th from 3:00-4:30 in parking lot of the church.  Stop by in costume and work your way from trunk to trunk gathering goodies from the volunteers!  All are welcome – both sweet treats and non-candy treats will be available!

The Nisswa Lions Club will host a Halloween Trick or Treat event on Sun. Oct. 29th from 3:00-5:00 in the parking lot of American National Bank on Smiley Road in Nisswa.  Free hot dogs and candy will be given out to kids ages 0-12 and there will be a free-will donation for those 13 and up to get a hot dog.  All are invited.  Visit for more information.

Join the Mills Family of Dealerships for a Boo Bash that will take place at all three locations on Halloween, Tues. Oct. 31st!  From 2:00-5:00, stop by at Mills Honda, Mills GMC/Buick and Mills Ford/Lincoln where you will find games, prizes, candy, apples!  At the Ford/Lincoln location, have a cup of apple cider… at GMC/Buick, Lil’ Debbie Halloween treats will be available…and at Mills Honda, chomp down on caramel apples!  Happy Halloween from the Mills family!  They hope to see you there!

Join the Brainerd Police Department and the Brainerd Fire Department for their annual Halloween Safety Event on Halloween Night, Tues. Oct. 31st from 3:30-6:00.  You can trick-or-treat with Safety Pup through multiple treat stations in the garage on the north end of the police department on East River Road…then cross the street and trick-or-treat at the Brainerd Fire Hall on Laurel Street.  All kids are welcome to this free event.  For info, visit Facebook and search Brainerd Police Department.

Join the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office for its Trunk or Treat event on Tues. Oct. 31st from 3:30-6:30 in Brainerd at the corner of Laurel and S. 4th Street in the county’s public parking lot.  Kids can trick or treat while enjoying displays from the county’s recreational division, tactical team, mounted patrol, K9 team, Bomb Team, Drone Team and Squads!  The event is free and open to the public!  Come in Costume and watch for the flashing lights!!!!!

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
 in Pequot Lakes invites kids to its free Trunk or Treat event on Tues. Oct. 31st from 4:00-6:00pm.  Free hot dogs and popcorn will be available, too!  All are invited!

Smiles for Jake invites the community to Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd for a Halloween Party on Tues. Oct. 31 in the parking lot of the hospital.  From 4:00-9:00, stop by in costume and enjoy Music, FULL-SIZE candy, inflatables and fun!  (The event is weather-permitting)  All are welcome and there is no fee to attend!

The 4th Annual Trick or Treat event at the Franklin Arts Center on Kingwood Street in Brainerd will take place on Tues. Oct. 31st from 4:30-6:30 and all ages are welcome!  On the first floor, enjoy a more family-friendly atmosphere, on the 2nd floor, you’ll find the Haunted Hallway along with Virtual Reality.  Please use the south entrance to come into the building.  The event is handicap accessible.

Crosslake Lutheran Church will host another Trunk or Treat in their church parking lot on Tues. Oct. 31st from 5:00-7:00.  There will also be a costume contest, carved pumpkin contest and guessing games!  All events will take place outdoors, so dress for the weather!

Zion Lutheran Church in Brainerd will host a Trunk or Treat event in their parking lot on Tues. Oct. 31st starting at 5:30.  Kids are encouraged to dress up and come get candy while supplies last (or until 7:00, whichever comes first!). All are welcome!

Have a very HAPPY and SAFE HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!