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John Lamb, Published November 01 2010

Weather not frightful for Halloween events

The weather outside was delightful. And the sites were so frightful.

Kids of all ages took in a sunny Sunday afternoon and celebrated Halloween.

Lyle Lindberg took advantage of the nice weather to put the finishing touches on his yard decorations at 1359 2nd St. N., Fargo.

He pulled an old hearse and an even older 1936 black Ford pickup on his front yard and set monsters and ghouls inside. A skull with a motion detector in it sang “Bad to the Bone.”

Despite a “body bag” on the lawn and tombstones scattered about the yard, he said the display ­wasn’t “morbid.”

“We just have fun doing it,” he said, adding that he’s been at it for five years and had well over 100 visitors last Halloween.

“It’s great,” said Tom Carlson, who lives in the neighborhood and was out around 5 p.m. trick-or-treating with his kids. “We always look forward to it.”

At Faith United Methodist, Pastor Kevin Kloster, dressed as Waldo, the famously hard-to-find children’s character, was hoping to start another neighborhood tradition, a “trunk or treat” in the church’s parking lot.

Cars were decorated and the backs were open to costumed kids to grab candy. A horse-drawn carriage offered rides, and inside the church, games and snacks were available.

Kloster, who started in June, wanted to invite his new neighbors in the community over for a party. Shortly after the event started at 4 p.m., about 40 people had shown up, a mix of congregants and people from the neighborhood.

Alex Herz, who lives in West Fargo, drove in because his son Aiden goes to the neighboring Frohliche Kinder Preschool.

“I like that it’s nice and small,” he said of Faith’s party, unlike the one in the Kohl’s parking lot.

For the seventh year, Prairie Heights Church held a “trunk or treat” on 13th Avenue, and this year seemed to be the biggest and the best.

Pastor Jon Hauser, dressed as a watermelon, expected about 3,500 visitors at the event, which was scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. He said the high turnout would likely mean it would be about 6:30 before the last of the kids made it through.

About 75 vehicles, including a Fargo Police Department squad car and a truck from the Fargo Fire Department, were on hand with sweets.

Wendi Holter drove in from Pelican Rapids, Minn., with her children, Britain and Brooklyn. They waited for about an hour to reach their first vehicle.

“You don’t have to worry about going into the streets and wonder what you’re getting into,” she said when asked why it was worth the wait.

“They don’t know what it’s like to go door-to-door,” she said of her kids. “This is trick-or-treating for them.”


Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533