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Night owl walk
Oct. 29: Howard Christensen Nature Center is hosting a night owl walk in celebration of Halloween on Saturday, October 29, from 8-10pm. Walk a two mile guided night hike along a trail lit only by jack-o-lanterns. Listen to nature’s sounds of the night, like the Barn Owl—a nocturnal blood-curdling scream—screeching, possibly a bullfrog, and many other night sounds. This event is family-friendly, bring the whole brew. $5/adults, $4/students, $4/seniors, or $12/family. Located at 16160 Red Pine Drive, Kent City.

Trunk or Treat at Courtland-Oakfield UMC
Oct. 29: Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church is hosting Trunk or Treat on October 29, the Saturday before Halloween, from 6-8 p.m. for members of our community. Costumed children will trick-or-treat from automobile trunks, which will be parked in our front lot, followed by free refreshments of hot dogs, chips and pop served around the bonfire. Bring our lawn chairs, or sit on folding chairs from inside the church. In case of rain, everything gets moved inside (except the fire, of course). Call the church for more info at 866-4298. The church is located at 10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford, just south of 13 Mile Rd.

Harvest party at Cedar Creek Community
Oct. 29: Cedar Creek Community Church, located at 2969 – 14 Mile Rd NE, Sparta, will host a free harvest party on Saturday, October 29, starting at 5:30pm. They will have hayrides (straw-due to allergies), pumpkin painting, dunking for apples, pumpkin bowling, bounce houses, cake walk, games for all ages, face painting, trunk or treat, soup, hot dogs, popcorn, and lots of fun and fellowship. All are welcome to this free and fun event.

Halloween carnival in Sparta
Oct. 29: There will be a Halloween carnival from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, at the Sparta Fire Department, 36 Elmwood, Sparta.

Harvest party at Northside Community, Sparta
Oct. 30: Northside Community Church (next to Family Fare in Sparta) will hold a harvest party on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 6-8 p.m. with magician, balloon artists, bounce house, fire truck, games, crafts, hotdogs and more.

Halloween Spook-tacular
Oct. 31: Businesses in Cedar Springs are sponsoring the annual Main Street Halloween Spook-tacular on Monday, October 31. The fun starts at 5 p.m. with a reading of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Perry’s Place, 90 N. Main, from 5-6 p.m. Kids can then pick up a trick-or-treat map from the Cedar Springs Library, at the corner of Cherry and Second, and trick-or-treat at various businesses from 5:45 to 7 p.m. There are more scary stories at Alpha Omega Coffee and Games, 32 S. Main, from 6-7 p.m.; a carnival at the corner of Main and Ash put on by Calvary Assembly of God; trunk-or-treat at the Springs Church (corner of First and Maple) from 6-8; and the Kent County Sheriff Traffic Squad will hand out candy, cider and donuts at the firebarn at W. Maple and Second St.

Trunk or Treat at The Springs
Oct. 31: When kids are out trick-or-treating in Cedar Springs, they can swing by The Springs Church for Trunk-or-Treat from 6-8 p.m. There will be a puppet show, donuts & cider, carnival games, a 20-foot giant slide, decorated trunks & lots & lots of candy!  It will be fun for the whole family in a safe, well-lit environment for kids. The church is located at 135 N. Grant St., in Cedar Springs.

Family harvest celebration
Oct. 31: Pine Ridge Bible Camp will be holding its annual Family Harvest Celebration on Monday, October 31. Come anytime between 6-8pm to check out the decorated cabins and enjoy a night out with the family. This is a free family event that includes wagon rides, puppets, games, cider, treats and a trip through treat town for some candy. Pine Ridge is located just 5 miles east of town on 17 Mile Rd. Call 616-696-8675 for more information.

Spencer Fire Department
Oct. 31: The Spencer Township Fire Department will be handing out candy at the fire department from 5:0-8 p.m. The fire department is located at 12131 18 Mile Road, NE, Gowen.

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