Gifford Farm Education Center Trick or Treat With the Animals: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 700 Camp Gifford Road in Bellevue. Safe trick-or-treating offered along with farm games and activities. The cost is $5 per child up to age 12, with accompanying adults free.
JST4U HalloTween Party: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Bellevue Public Library, 1003 Lincoln Road in Bellevue. For students in fifth through eighth grade. Crafts, a not-too-spooky movie and an edible project.
Spooktacular: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today, Sunday and Oct. 26-27 at Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. Purchase tickets in advance for $7 per person for zoo members or $8 for nonmembers. Children 2 and younger are admitted free. Costumes are welcome. For tickets, visit Guest Services at the zoo or omahazoo.com.
Canines in Costume: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs. The Midlands Humane Society sponsors the event. Expect music, a $25 micro-chipping special, more than 20 vendors, raffles, games and prizes for your best furry friend and a costume parade around the park. For more information, visit www.midlandshumanesociety.org or call Terri Gach-Mils at 712-366-2551.
VODEC Halloween Haunt Dance: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. Costumes encouraged and refreshments provided. Cost: $10 cash at the door. RSVP to Michelle at 712-328-2638. The dance is geared toward individuals with intellectual disabilities. Support staff for individuals who cannot be alone in the community are admitted free with paid guest.
The Haunted Trail: Wednesday through Oct. 26 at Cunningham Lake. Guided haunted trail tours will explain the “strange events” that have taken place over the years by the lake with frightful characters and scenes along the way. Admission: $13 for adults, $8 for kids (ages 6 to 12). There will be a $1 discount for any canned good, with a maximum of three cans. All cans will go to the Salvation Army food pantries. For more information, visit www.hauntedtrailomaha.com. Hosted by Omaha Parks and Recreation Department.
Halloween Safe Night and Fall Festival: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Papillion-La Vista South High School, 10799 Highway 370. Candy, games, prizes, activities and bounce houses will be offered, along with a costume contest. Canned food donations will be accepted at the door to benefit Sarpy County food pantries. Hosted by the Papillion Recreation Department.
Community Harvest Celebration: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Kids Can, 4860 Q St. The celebration will include harvest-themed games and activities, face painting, balloon art and free food. Local companies and nonprofit organizations will provide information about their services.
Family Halloween Party: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Bellevue Public Library, 1003 Lincoln Road. Crafts, games and refreshments will be offered targeted to elementary-age children and their parents. Costumes are encouraged for both children and parents.
Spooky Stories: 7 p.m. Friday at Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. North. Nebraska StoryArt, a nonprofit organization of storytellers, will tell spooky stories. Tim Tingle, a national traveling storyteller, will join six or seven local storytellers. The 90-minute event is not recommended for children under age 12. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students, senior citizens and members of either Fontenelle Forest or Nebraska StoryArt. Registration is not required. For more information, call 402-551-4532 or visit nebraskastoryarts.org.
Halloween at the Castle: Monster Mash: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at Joslyn Castle. Enjoy appetizers from local caterers and restaurants, go on a scavenger hunt throughout the castle, get your palm read and find out what your future has in store for you from the crystal ball reader. There will be a cash bar, costume contest, raffle drawing and themed attic tour. The cost is $20 for Joslyn Castle members and $25 for nonmembers. Purchase tickets online at www.joslyncastle.com or by calling 402-595-2199. Reservations are required. You must be 21 or older to attend.
Trick-Or-Treat Trail: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at Cunningham Lake. A family-friendly, candy-filled trail and other activities such as a rock wall, face painting and costume contest. Admission: $8 for adults, $5 for kids, with $1 discounts offered for three cans. For more information, visit www.hauntedtrailomaha.com. Hosted by Omaha Parks and Recreation Department.
Halloween Party: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 26 at Sump Memorial Library, 222 N. Jefferson St. in Papillion. A party featuring stories, games and crafts for children ages 2 to 8. Costumes are welcome at the event.
Benson Boo Bash: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26. Start by checking in at the Benson Community Center, 6008 Maple St., then walk up and down Maple Street, spooking the store owners who have candy and treats along the way.
Teen Halloween: 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 26 at Bellevue Public Library, 1003 Lincoln Road. Teens take over the library for a horror movie festival. Four different movies will be shown, and snacks and pizza will be available. Parents must sign a permission slip at the library because some of the movies will be rated R.
Kids at the Castle: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Joslyn Castle. Halloween activities include: apple biting contest, costume contest, face painting, pumpkin decorating, scavenger hunt, themed attic tour (on the third floor of the castle), and other Halloween games for kids to play and win prizes. Concessions will be available for sale. The cost is $5 per person. Children 2 and under are free. Purchase tickets online at www.joslyncastle.com, by calling 402-595-2199, or at the gate.
Book Giveaway: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at 11th and Howard Streets in the Old Market. Metropolitan Community College, the Old Market Business Association and Metro transit are collaborating for an “all treats and no tricks” Halloween book giveaway. The Books Are Treats event will bring books via a Metro transit bus to the Old Market. The public is invited to browse the books in a library-like setting on a Metro bus and take home up to three books for free. Fiction and nonfiction books are available for all ages and reading levels. As part of the event, children can stop by Old Market businesses to trick-or-treat.
Bellevue Boo Bash: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Bellevue West High School south gym. Kids in grades K-6 can enjoy games, face painting, bounce houses and more. Come dressed in costumes and trick-or-treat. Cost is one canned food item per child. Food will be donated to the Bellevue Food Pantry.
The World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.