This weekend will serve as the big lead-in to most children’s second-favorite holiday, Halloween, which this year is Tuesday (Oct. 31).
For adults and children alike, though, Halloween isn’t a one-day event anymore, and this weekend’s calendar is evidence of that.
There are quite a few Halloween-themed events, and a trunkload of trunk-or-treat events. In case you’re not familiar with trunk-or-treats, they’re events sponsored by a church or civic group that allow children to hone their trick-or-treating skills among cars (sometimes decorated for the holidays) offering candy and other treats. It’s considered a safer alternative to visiting homes of strangers.
Here’s the schedule for parents wishing to plan out the next few days:
Trunk-or-treat event, 6:30 p.m. Big River Nursing and Rehab, 6400 The Cedars Court, Cedar Hill. Call Robin, 636-274-1777, ext. 317.
5K SuperHero run-walk, 9 a.m., Arnold City Park. Entry: $25 individual; $60 family. Benefits St. John's Lutheran School and Haven for Hope, transitional housing facility for the homeless. To register: sjlarnold.org.
Trunk-or-treat event, 4-8 p.m., High Ridge VFW, 2220B Gravois Road. Children can wear costumes and trick-or-treat in safe environment. Music, candy, barbecue. Call 314-288-7186.
Zombie Fun Run and Walk, 9 a.m., Seckman High School, 2800 Seckman Road, Imperial. Entry fee: $20. Sponsor: Seckman High School SADD for cancer research. Call Rachel Graczak, 636-282-1485, ext. 5478.
Trunk-or-treat event, 5 p.m., Bethesda General Baptist Church, 910 Craig Drive, Imperial. Hot dogs, s’mores, snacks. Call 636-464-7400 or 314-803-3782.
Saddlebags ‘N’ Treats event, 4-8 p.m., High Ridge VFW Post, 2220B Gravois Road. Sponsors: Amvets Post 1 and VFW Post 6516. Call 314-288-7186.
Great Pumpkin Festival, 10 a.m. to noon, downtown Festus and Crystal City. Merchants with orange pumpkins in window will hand out candy to children accompanied by adult. Costume judging from 10 a.m. to noon for children through age 12 at Metro Office Supply, 102 Main St., Festus. Call 636-937-7757.
Trunk-or-treat event, 5-7 p.m., Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church, 11441 Ware Church Road, Hillsboro. Games, bounce house, face painting. Call 636-944-3281.
Ghost Round Up, 2 p.m., Lost History Museum, 14116 Valles Mines School Road off Hwy. 67 and Hwy. V, south of De Soto. Walking tours of cemetery, bonfire, storytelling. Food, drinks sold. Call 573-631-6875, 573-944-9128 or 314-265-9818,
Trunk-or-treat event, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 6500 Metropolitan Blvd., Barnhart. Free. Games, crafts, free candy, hot dogs, juice. Children asked to wear non-scary costumes. Call 636-464-4114.
Trunk-or-treat event, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Herculaneum Amvets, 690 Joachim Ave. Trick-or-treating, crafts, face painting, games, prizes, music, lunch for children. Call 636-479-4040.
Halloween party, 7 p.m. to midnight, Festus American Legion, 749 American Legion Drive. Free admission. Costume contest; first place $100. Drink specials. Call 636-937-3000.
Trunk-or-treat event, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Festus Church of the Nazarene, 2717 Hwy. P at Hwy. A west of Festus. Call 636-937-9550.
Trunk-or-treat event, 4-6 p.m., Red Door Church, 6439 Hwy. 61-67, Imperial.
Run for the Books, 8 a.m., Arnold City Park track, 1 Bradley Beach Road, Arnold. Registration: $25 for 5K run, $15 for family fun walk. Children under 5 free with registered adult. Register from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at Fleet Feet Sports, 12494 Tesson Ferry Road, or from 7-8 a.m. the day of the race. Medals for best times and prizes for best book-themed costumes in all age categories. Sponsor: Jefferson County Library.
Trunk-or-treat event, 3-4:30 p.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3517 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold. Free. Hayride, bounce house, games, crafts. Call 636-464-0096.
Trunk-or-treat event, 4:30-6 p.m., Good News Community Church, 2793 Hwy. 61, south of Festus. Children should wear costumes. Games, crafts, photo booth. Call 636-937-3933.
Trunk-or-treat event, 4 p.m. to dark, Valley View Baptist Church, 2010 Seckman Road, Imperial. For all ages; children can wear costumes. Free family photos. Call 636-675-8698.
Trunk-or-treat event, 5-7 p.m., Arnold Eagles, 1725 Jeffco Blvd. For all children. Call 636-282-0415.
Herculaneum Halloween celebration, 5:30-8 p.m., Herculaneum City Park, 776 Joachim Ave. Free. Bonfire, glow bracelets and necklaces, drinks, candy, hot dogs, chips. Sponsor: Herculaneum Fire Department. Call 636-475-3080. 636-475-4447 or 314-852-4964.
Trunk-or-treat event, 6-8:30 p.m., De Soto First Free Will Baptist Church, 1401 S. Fifth St. at Vineland Avenue. Trick-or-treaters may stop by church parking lot. Call 636-586-6788.
Trunk-or-treat event, 5:30-7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Festus-Crystal City, 107 N. Truman Blvd., Crystal City. For sixth-graders and younger and families. Call 636-937-3668.