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Places: Halloween Celebrations
Around the Valley
Costume-clad kids and pooches trick-or-treat at a downtown Whitefish business. - File photo by Lido Vizzutti/Flathead Beacon
For those looking for places to don some ghoulish garb and participate in All Hallows Eve festivities, here is a quick rundown of some of the weekend’s events.

Thursday, Oct. 28:
• Flathead Valley Community College will host a free Halloween carnival for kids from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Arts and Technologies Building on campus. The event is open to children four to 8-years-old. Face painting, skeleton ring toss, fishing pond, golf, bouncing eyeballs game, craft table, drop the spider in the pumpkin and other festive activities will be available.

Friday Oct. 29:
• The Mountain Mall in Whitefish hosts a Halloween Kids Carnival with trick or treating, games, prizes and photos by Fairytale Photography starting at 5 p.m.

• Gather the family for Whitefish’s downtown trick or treat and children’s costume contest. Aimed at the younger crowd, wander the downtown businesses from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. to show off costumes and gather candy.

• In Columbia Falls, gather at the Glacier Discovery Square during the Lights on Halloween Carnival from 6 to 8 p.m. for candy, prizes, costume contests, games food and music. All ages are invited although most games are geared for 5th graders and younger.

Sunday Oct. 31:
• For the adults, downtown bars in Whitefish host a lively celebration and costume contest from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ending at the VFW. Register at local watering holes.

• Also in Whitefish, the Stumptown Ice Den hosts its Halloween Late Skate. Public skate with the whole family from 3:30 p.m. to midnight. Anyone wearing a costume gets free skate rentals.

• Grab your candy sack and bring family to downtown Bigfork where trick or treating in the village begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m.

• In Kalispell, head to the third annual Community Halloween Party at the Flathead County Fairgrounds. Activates include a pie eating contest, photo booth and, of course, lots of candy.
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