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A guide to Halloween fun in the Parkland

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The creepy, the cute, and heroes will return to Harvest Night in Farmington on Friday.

With Halloween on a Sunday this year, it would seem many are filling October with as many spooky, fun events as possible. Here's an incomplete list of what's happening in the Parkland area. Some events are subject to change due to weather.

October 28:

The Desloge Public Library is hosting a trunk or treat from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Desloge City Park. They are inviting community members to join them for crafts, treats, and a spooktacular evening of fun. They will be set up at pavilion #5 and participating businesses will be set up in the parking lot with the flag pole.

Cedarhurst Senior Living, 200 Maple Valley Dr. in Farmington, is offering a drive-thru Trunk or Treat from 5-7 p.m. Call 573-608-1307 for more information.

CANCELLED: Mineral Area College is inviting the public to its Boo Drive-Throo, a drive-thru trunk or treat experience, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in student parking lot A. Stay in your car, enjoy the costumes and decorated trunks, and get a free treat bag at the end (while supplies last). The event is sponsored by the MAC Classified Staff.

POSTPONED TO NOV. 2: Hayrides by the Farmington Parks Department will be given in Engler Park from 6-8 p.m., meeting at the Knight Pavilion. There will also be chili, hot dogs, s'mores, drinks and campfires. Must have tickets. Sold out.

The Fredericktown Fire Department and JROTC are hosting its annual haunted house and haunted hay ride, Nightmare on Chamber, from 6 to 10 p.m., Oct. 28-31 at the Fredericktown Fire and Police Training Site located at 151 S. Chamber Dr. The cost is $10 per ticket.

October 29:

(Cancelled) Harvest Night/Downtown Farmington Trick or Treating will be 4-5 p.m. Games will be set up behind the Jefferson Street plaza from 4:30-7 p.m. New Era Bank costume contest in Long Hall is at 5:30.

LIFE Center, 725 E. Karsch Blvd. in Farmington, will offer a Trunk or Treat that starts at 5 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. showing of the movie "Hocus Pocus." Movie, hot dogs and popcorn are free, just bring a blanket or lawn chair for the kids. Disabled parking at LIFE Center, abled parking next door at the old China Buffet building.

St. Francois County Health Center WIC will host a drive through Trunk or Treat at First Baptist Church on Harding Street in Desloge for children under 5 from 1-3 p.m. 

The Fredericktown Fire Department and JROTC are hosting its annual haunted house and haunted hay ride, Nightmare on Chamber, from 6 to 10 p.m., Oct. 28-31 at the Fredericktown Fire and Police Training Site located at 151 S. Chamber Dr. The cost is $10 per ticket.

October 30:

St. Francois State Park invites the public to the campground at 5 p.m. Costume contest at the campground playground is 5-6 p.m., trick-or-treating is 6:30-8 p.m., and the best-decorated campsite will be awarded at 8 p.m. For more information about the event, call the park at 573-358-2173.

Freakytown, a free family event with trick-or-treating, games, costume contest and more will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., around court square and main streets of downtown Fredericktown. If inclement weather occurs the event will be cancelled, watch the Madison County Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for updates.

The Fredericktown Fire Department and JROTC are hosting its annual haunted house and haunted hay ride, Nightmare on Chamber, from 6 to 10 p.m., Oct. 28-31 at the Fredericktown Fire and Police Training Site located at 151 S. Chamber Dr. The cost is $10 per ticket.

Bonne Terre/Big River Fire Department will host a Haunted Trail 5-9 p.m in the Dairy Fields near the old depot. In addition to the Haunted Trail, there will be free hot dogs and drinks, a trunk-n-treat, pumpkin carving, costume contest, a movie on the field and a chance to win prizes. For parents with children who have sensory issues – such as epilepsy or autism — a “sensory friendly” hour is scheduled from 5-6 p.m.

The Bismarck School Trunk or Treat is a free event that will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the school parking lot.

The Bismarck High School Student Council will host a Haunted School Event from 7-10 p.m. Cost for entry is $3 per person This includes admission into the haunted school, as well as a short hayride. Light concessions will be available for purchase in the courtyard.

Midwest Real Estate, 202 Karsch Boulevard in Farmington, will host the free Midwest Fear Fest and Haunted Trail beginning at 6 p.m. There will be free hot dogs, chips, hot chocolate and treat bags. 

The Park Hills Senior Center's fundraiser Zombie Cruise will be held 4-9 p.m. on Main Street with cruising, food trucks, vendors and fireworks.

Elvins Baptist Church will host the All Saints' Museum Oct. 30-31 for all ages. It is free. There will be an indoor maze starting at modern Halloween and moving back in time where our traditional celebration began, highlighting important events and people in Christian history. There will be give-aways, food, and candy.

Irondale Hallowen Fun, sponsored by the parks board, will be held 5-9 p.m. on Main Street, with hayrides, music, trunk or treat and chili dogs.

October 31: 

MOVED TO Cobalt Village Community Center at 1013 Marlowe St.: Halloween in the park, a free public event, will be held 4-8 p.m., on Park Drive near Teen Town in Fredericktown. There will be games, music, costume contest, candy, pumpkin painting and more.

Little Caesar's in Fredericktown is hosting a Trunk or Treat 3-6 p.m., at its parking lot. The event is free to the public and free to set up. There will be candy, games, a costume contest, and a vote for your favorite trunk decoration. For more information call Dreama at 573-561-6750.

Park Hills Downtown Association will host their annual Trunk n Treat from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Park Hills municipal parking lot on West Main. 

Solid Rock Family Church in Farmington will host a Drive Up for a Treat 5-7 p.m. (while supplies last).

First Baptist Church of Farmington's "Trunk or Treat" will be held 4-6 p.m. It will include: 50 trunks with candy, popcorn, cotton candy, a juggler show, inflatables, and a meet in greet photo booth area with Elsa, Anna, Spiderman, Captain America, and favorite Star Wars characters, plus a giveaway people can enter to win.

A Trunk or Treat will be held 6-8 p.m. at Leadwood City Park.

The Daily Journal's community calendar is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Anyone who has a meeting, open house or non-commercial event that's open to the public can submit it, free of charge, to https://dailyjournalonline.com/events/

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