Little ghosts and goblins will soon be roaming the streets of downtown Minot, during the annual Downtown Halloween Treat Trail being held Thursday, Oct. 31.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon and is for preschool children only or children in daycare, or for people who are taking care of preschool-age children.
The trail goes up and down Main Street, Central Avenue and other streets downtown.
Main Street in downtown Minot, shown in this photo, will be one of the streets with businesses participating in the Downtown Halloween Treat Trail on Oct. 31. Parents are encouraged to bring their preschool-age children to the event, where various businesses will be handing out treats.
Bonny Kemper, executive director of the Minot Downtown Business and Professional Association, said about 30 businesses are participating in the Downtown Halloween Treat Trail. "Main Street is the main grouping," she added, for the places giving away candy, "but we don't want to leave out any other businesses or streets." The trail covers a wide area of downtown, including Central Avenue and places such as Milton Young Towers, Bremer Bank, the Taube Museum of Art, Sweet 'N Flour Patisserie, Val's Cyclery as well as various other establishments.
Places that are giving treats will have an orange pumpkin in their front window.
Mostly candy will be given as treats, Kemper said, but some places have given popcorn balls or other special treats. "We keep it for the little ones because they probably won't go out later in the evening," she added.
Kemper said she expects around 300 kids each year to attend the Downtown Halloween Treat Trail.
"It's a really good outing," she added. "It gets them worn out before they take their naps."
The main reason for having the treat trail downtown each year is for community involvement.
"The goal is to be a destination for families," Kemper said. "This (the Downtown Halloween Treat Trail) is a community service we want to do for the little people in town."