Young and old alike don costumes for tricks and treats

Although we at Grinnell College tend to dress in costume on a regular basis, the world outside our bubble generally has one specific holiday to whip out those old eye patches and strange unitards in celebration of all things spooky. The Grinnell community is offering everything from haunted houses to scary stories this weekend in honor of Halloween.

Town Halloween

Ghosts made of pumpkin and plastic spook passerby at a house in Grinnell - Daniel Penny

Galaxy Youth Center Halloween Celebration

On Thursday, Oct. 28 from 6-8 p.m., crafts and costume prizes were offered to those children in attendance. According to their website, the Galaxy Youth Center pledges to “enhance the personal growth and character of Grinnell-area youth by providing innovative programming in a safe and supportive environment and by developing youth-centered community partnerships.” The Halloween Party is one of many events hosted at the Center in the heart of Grinnell that teaches and practices values of honesty, inclusiveness, development and excellence.

Elks Club Halloween Party

The annual Sonora Grange Halloween party took place on Oct. 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Great Elks Club. Located at 708 3rd Avenue, the Elks club is a fraternal charitable organization with chapters nationwide. Activities for older Halloween participants were available, including a cakewalk. The kids in attendance also had great fun with the games, refreshments, cotton candy, and pumpkins that were offered at the event.

Haunted Masonic Temple

The residence of 928 Main Street has been infested with ghosts, goblins and other scary creatures. Visit the Masonic Temple on Friday, Oct. 29 and Saturday , Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. for “gruesome effects.” The entrance fee is $10 and contributes to the Grinnell Masonic Scholarship Fund.

Scary Stories at the Library

Drake Community Library is offering spooky tales to the young ghouls and goblins of Grinnell. Weena the Witch will read to younger children at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 30. Children aged 3 to 8 are encouraged to wear their costumes for the event. Later, after the library closes, children in grades 3 through 6 are invited to the library for games, snacks, and terrifying tales

Grinnell City-Wide Trick or Treat

From 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 31, the townspeople of Grinnell will be traipsing up and down the city streets in all manner of costume and expecting to receive massive amounts of candy for their efforts.