With less than two weeks left until the 31st, Halloween is just around the corner. There’s been a few holiday events already this month but get ready for festivities to ramp up in the coming week. Be sure to have your costume ready by Friday, Oct. 25 for Halloween festivities all weekend, leading up to the big day on Thursday.

Oct. 25 has Halloween at the YMCA and the VFW Halloween Costume Contest so kids and adults have a chance to show off their costumes that Friday. VFW Halloween Costume Contest kicks off at 5 p.m. at VFW Post 612 and goes until 11:55 p.m. with Octoberfest style food and live music by Jacked Up. Costume contest categories include the best couple, funniest, scariest and best of the night. There’s a $10 cover fee for this event.

Halloween at the YMCA starts at 6 p.m. at the Fergus Falls YMCA and features carnival games, a costume party, prizes, bounce house, door prizes and candy. It’s a great family-friendly event and the YMCA encourages guests to bring a canned food donation for the local food shelf. The party goes until 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26 is the Otter Tail County Historical Society’s Museum Trick or Treat at the OTCHS Museum. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. guests can try the new “Wizard of Oz” themed scavenger hunt, tour the “Cyclone” exhibit looking back at the 1919 Fergus Falls cyclone, take an Oz art collage and get some candy. Costumes are welcome and admission is $5 for adults, $2 for kids.

If you’re not sick of candy yet, the Trunk or Treat with Community Heroes is on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at the VFW Post 612 parking lot. Dress up and trick or treat from veterans, military, firefighters, EMT and law enforcement personnel who will be there with their vehicles to greet kids and hand out candy. It is an outdoor event so be sure to keep an eye on the weather and dress accordingly.

The library is getting in on Halloween fun, too, with their Halloween storytime event on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Ideal for kids up to age 5, there will be stories, games, treats and a costume parade (no scary costumes please). The library will also be open to trick-or-treaters all day, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Grace United Methodist Church in Fergus Falls is also hosting a trunk-or-treat event on Oct. 31 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be hot dogs inside the church and cars in the parking lot handing out candy to costumed kiddos. For the outside trick-or-treating, make sure everyone’s appropriately dressed.

There’s plenty to do for Halloween enthusiasts of all ages so make sure your costumes are ready and your decorations are up in time for the first of the festivities on Friday.

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