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Family Halloween fun is planned for Friday in Farmington

The annual Halloween Walk will be held at Dodge Middle School from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

Friday night should be pretty spooktacular around town, thanks to Farmington Community Education and the Farmington Parks and Recreation department. 

The city’s annual Halloween Walk will be held at Dodge Middle School this year, followed by a family Halloween Skate event at the Schmitz-Maki Ice Arena.

The Halloween Walk is open from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and offers families a warm, dry and safe place to practice trick-or-treating skills before the big night next week. Farmington businesses and community organizations will hand out candy to kids, and the kids are able to dress up in their costumes for the walk.

Admission is free, though participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the Farmington Food Shelf.

Once the Halloween Walk is done, families are invited to continue the festivities by participating in the Halloween Skate event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the ice arena.

The Halloween Skate started a couple of years ago. It has gained popularity over the years, parks and recreation director Randy Distad said, because more and more families are showing up with their costumes on, ready to have some fun.

“There’s some pretty cool costumes out there,” Distad said. “The kids really seem to have fun with it.”

Prizes, games and a costume contest are planned for the event.

All ages are welcome to participate in the Halloween Skate, he said. Again, admission is free with a donation of a nonperishable food item for the Farmington Food Shelf.

For more information on the Halloween Walk, call community education at 651-460-3200. Information about the Halloween Skate is available by calling the ice arena, 651-280-6960.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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