Local venues hosting early Halloween events
A church, a park and a research and environmental education center are gearing up for various versions of Halloween activities this weekend.
Light Night Family Party will fill the First Presbyterian Church of Hastings (405 N. M-37 Highway) Friday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Children and their families are invited to this free, fun, safe, non-scary evening. Costumes are encouraged. Activities will include games, pumpkin painting, balloon twisting creations, food treats and candy.
All ages are welcome. Additional information available by calling 269-945-5463.
Historic Charlton Park will host its annual All Hallows Evening from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
This family-oriented event begins with trick-or-treating through the historic village and includes tram rides, apple cider and a maze, along with costume contest and awards.
Admission is $4 per person; free to children 12 and under. The park is at 2545 S. Charlton Park Road, Hastings.
More information can be obtained by calling 269-945-3755 or visiting charltonpark.org.
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute south of Hastings will host Candlelight Trails: Trick-or-Treat on the Trails Saturday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Costumed characters can head to the institute to take in some Halloween fun on candlelit trails.
Visitors can trick-or-treat along a half-mile loop collecting treats at each stop then enjoy an autumn evening outside on a 1 1/2 -mile trail loop weaving through prairies, forests and wetlands.
The visitor center will have for hot chocolate, coffee, snacks and fall-themed activities around a crackling fire.
Admission is $6 for members, $8 for non-members, or $25 for families.
Many other organizations and churches will host activities on Halloween. The Oct. 26 Reminder and Oct. 31 Banner will have additional details.