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‘A little trick-or-treat street’ in Afton

Afton’s Trick or Treat Trail will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include Halloween-themed activities at Afton’s downtown businesses in addition to trick or treat stops at each shop. (Submitted photo)

There will be a lot of treats along the street in Afton this weekend.

The annual Trick or Treat Trail, sponsored by the Afton Area Business Association, will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday along St. Croix Trail South in downtown Afton.

“It’s a very fun event,” said organizer Deb Larson. “It’s adorable to see all the costumes going down the street.”

The event will feature children going from business to business through Afton’s Old Village to receive treats.

This year’s Trick or Treat Trail features 15 stops along the way from Sail Away Café all the way down to Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour.

“There’s one path going from one end of town to the other,” Larson said.

Additionally, several Halloween-themed activities will be set up at the various businesses.

Some of the highlights during this year’s event include face painting, pumpkin bars and apple cider at the Sail Away Café, pumpkin decorating for $3 at the Afton Museum, cookie decorating at 317: Vintage and Home Décor, Halloween crafts at both the Afton House Inn and the Old School Art Studio and outdoor games at Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour.

Selma’s will also be bringing back one of last year’s most popular events, the “Scream for Ice Cream” contest.

The Trick or Treat Trail started four years ago as another fun way to bring families into Afton’s Old Village.

“We thought it would be fun to get kids in town to trick or treat since they do that anyway,” Larson said, “but this way the businesses are open and can participate.”

The first year, about 100 children participated in the Trick or Treat Trail. Last year, the number rose to nearly 500.

“It gets better every year,” she said.

Larson said the business owners almost get more into the event than the children.

“They really get into it,” she said. “A lot of us absolutely love Halloween, so they have a lot of fun with it.”

Larson said this year’s Trick or Treat Trail will hopefully be as much fun as previous years.

“Afton is the perfect little Halloween town with the historic buildings and colorful trees,” she said. “It’s the perfect spot for a little trick-or-treat street.”

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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