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Plenty of treats this Halloween: Medina, Jamestown host holiday events

A Halloween display that includes indian corn, jack-o’-lanterns, scarecrows and other decorations for the season is shown Wednesday in Jamestown. (John Zvirovski / The Sun)

Halloween started as a holiday with dark roots based on pagan beliefs as a night when the veil between the living and the dead is lifted.

The holiday has changed into a more family-friendly event, and that spirit is reflected in activities and events taking place Thursday around the Jamestown area.

The third annual Medina Trunk or Treat starts at 6 p.m. with a carnival and supper open to the public at English Lutheran Church, 210 Water St. E, Medina. The Trunk or Treat runs from 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Main Street in Medina.

Sherry Schmidt has helped organize the trick-or-treating event in Medina since it was first held in 2011.

“It started as a church-based project in our town, and has grown each year,” she said.

The Trunk or Treat attracts about 150 children with an average of 30 to 40 vehicles offering treats. Schmidt said so far organizers are expecting about 40 vehicles for the event.

“It’s exciting for us because we don’t have 150 children in our school, so you know we’re getting families in from the rural areas,” she said.

Main Street is closed off for the event, so families can go from trunk to trunk with no worries about traffic. Costumes and dressing up are encouraged, but organizers ask the costumes not contain any blood or gore.

Jamestown is hosting a number of events for children. All events that follow are taking place on Thursday.

* The National Buffalo Museum is offering free admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for people in costume. Children in costume will receive a free goody bag. The museum is located at 500 17th St. SE.

* Frontier Village Treat Night is from 5 to 7 p.m. at Frontier Village, Jamestown. According to information from, most buildings in the village will be open and some adults will be in costume handing out treats. The event is for children 12 and younger, but all are welcome. The village gates are closed to traffic so families may safely walk the street.

* The Buffalo Mall will host trick or treating from 5 to 7 p.m.  About 20 stores will have their doors open and distribute candy to children.

* New Hope Free Lutheran Church, 407 4th St. SE, is hosting a Trunk or Treat from 5 to 7 p.m. Fourth Street Southeast will be closed from Fourth Avenue Southeast east a half block so people can walk from trunk to trunk collecting treats. For more information about the event, call 952-3733.

* Victory Lutheran Church, 510 9th Ave. SW, is hosting its 10th annual Trunk-or-Treat event. There will be carnival games from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. At 6:30 p.m. the trunk or treating begins with cars in the church parking lot. The public is invited to attend with their cars and trunks full of candy. The local fire and police departments and the Jamestown Area Ambulance will distribute treats as well at the church. For more information, call 251-1570.

* Jamestown First Assembly of God, 1720 8th Ave. SW, will host a Fall Fest from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fall Fest is a Halloween alternative event for children ages preschool to sixth grade and their families. The theme for this year’s fest is “Heroes Unmasked.” Children will learn about some of the heroes in the Bible, according to information from the church. There will be costumed Bible hero actors and children will be able to play more than a dozen carnival games, decorate cookies to take home, collect candy, create crafts and collect Bible hero trading cards. For more information, call 252-4092.

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at

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