Halloween events in Hillman, Lincoln

Some early Halloween celebrations are happening around northern Michigan this weekend, including activities in Linclon and Hillman for children to safely trick-or-treat by staying in one area. Both villages will host a trick-or-treat with decorated vehicle trunks, and have childrens games along with food and beverages.

Lincoln will celebrate Halloween with a trick-or-trunk and other community activities starting at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Activities committee organizer Teresa Hart said Second Street will be closed down for the multi-faceted event, which has drawn more than 425 participants in the past.

Motorists are encouraged to decorate their cars and trunks at 10:30 a.m. on Second Street for the trick-or-trunk. Then at 11:30 a.m., children 13 or younger will go from trunk to trunk looking for treats car owners provide, Hart said. Cars will be judged on the best decoration, and prizes will be given out. Last year, 300 youngsters from around the area participated, Hart said.

The day also includes a best decorated pet contest from 12:30-1 p.m. and all animals must be on a leash.

For something warm during the festivities, 22 businesses will offer different chilis and soups to anyone buying a mug for $5, Hart said. The mugs will be sold in the middle of Second Street and purchasers will be voting on their favorite dish.

Last year the committee sold out 325 mugs and had to offer Styrofoam cups at half price, Hart said.

“When we first started in 2009 we ordered 107 cups,” Hart said. “This year we’ve ordered 400, and hope the weather cooperates.”

Hillman United Methodist Church also will hold its annual trunk-or-treat on Saturday from 4-6 p.m., along with games and food in the church for visitors. The church is at 111 Maple Street, directly off State Street in the downtown area.

“Everyone is welcome,” church member Kari Klein said. “There will be a ring toss and carnival games, along with hot dogs, cider and snacks available.”

Klein said dressing up is optional for the activities, but visitors and families are welcome to decorate their trunks and pass out candy to the community children.

“Anyone is welcome to come park and decorate their trunks. It’s just a fun time,” event volunteer Eleanor Lutze said. “I’ve made some homemade pinatas and we have a bowling game and other activities for the children. This is the second year we’re having the trunk-or-treat and last year it went over very well.”

Around 70 children came to the trunk-or-treat last year, and the church hopes even more will be in attendance this weekend.

“It’s just fun for everyone involved,” Lutze said. “Most of the activities will be in the middle parking lot, and if there is inclement weather, we’ll be inside the church. Come and enjoy the costumes, decorations and family activities.”

Nicole Grulke can be reached via email at ngrulke@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5687. Follow Nicole on Twitter @ng_alpenanews.

Betsy Lehndorff can be reached via email at blehndorff@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5693. Follow Betsy on Twitter @bl_alpenanews.