Though the weather has warmed back up this week, fall is officially here and Halloween is around the corner.
Though COVID-19 has continued to affect events and celebrations, Mid-Missouri still offers plenty of ways to get into the seasonal swing with fall festivals and trunk-or-treats.
We've compiled a list of many such events in the area. If you see that we've missed something, visit newstribune.com/go to add an event to our online calendar.
And remember guidelines from the Cole County Health Department that provide tips for everything from trick-or-treating to hosting neighborhood events.
Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Hy-Vee, 3721 W. Truman Blvd. Head to the Hy-Vee parking lot for the annual Fall Festival, featuring hay rides, tractor displays, craft vendors and photo booth areas. The festival also will include the Rebel Tacos and Jamaican Jerk Hut food trucks, as well as live music from Owen and Aydan Hensley, and the Bluegrass Martins.
Annual Fall Festival, 11 a.m., Heartland Baptist Church, Ashland. This annual festival includes morning worship followed by a chili dinner, music and fellowship.
Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Stark Caverns, Eldon. In addition to the normal cave tours, enjoy vendor booths and food, with social distancing and masks encouraged.
Chivoween Havoc 4.0, 7 p.m., Prison Brews Side Bar, 305 Ash St. This event includes music, dancing, a costume contest and a silent auction benefiting Chive Charities. Ticket prices are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Door price is reduced to $15 with three canned good items.
St. Martin Parish School Goblin 5K, 2-4 p.m., St. Martin Parish School, 7206 St. Martin Blvd. This family-focused event includes the 5K race or walk starting at St. Martin's Parish School and a Halloween costume contest. Adult admission is $20, children ages 18 and younger for $10 and a family admission is available for $50.
Trunk or Treat, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cornerstone Baptist Church, 4930 Old Lohman Road. This free event is open to all children in sixth grade and younger, and will include a photo booth. (The event location originally reported in this entry has been corrected.)
Fifth annual Spooktacular, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Westphalia Trading Co., Westphalia. This annual event has been expanded this year to last all day. Enjoy costumes and a full schedule of activities and games, as well as trick-or-treating. While more details have yet to be released, past years have included a zoo, corn maze, wagon rides, temporary tattoos, a bounce house and face painting. Admission is $10 per person. Children ages 2 and younger are admitted free. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Oct. 31.
HALLoween Karaoke Party, 6 p.m., The Hall, 714 Michigan St. This Halloween celebration and karaoke party will include two different karaoke options and a costume contest.
In the Park After Dark: "Hocus Pocus," 6:30-9 p.m., Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds, 1445 Fairgrounds Road. Watch the classic family Halloween film, presented by Capitol City Cinema. Tickets are $5 per person. Children ages 3 and younger will be admitted free. Pets are welcome. Masks are suggested until seated. Zydeco's Cajun Kitchen and Pizza Kwik food trucks are expected to be there, and there will be live music before the movie.
Trunk or Treat, 5-7 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, Holts Summit. The eighth annual event will be a bit different due to COVID-19 with no indoor activities, but trunks will be decorated with plenty of treats for children in costume.
Halloween Trail at the YMCA, 6:15-7:45 p.m., Firley YMCA, 525 Ellis Blvd. Come decked out in your Halloween gear for some not-so-spooky fun for all. This free event includes trick-or-treating, fitness challenges for children, a bounce house and more.
Align Trunk or Treat, 4-7 p.m., Align Chiropractic Clinic, 3306 Emerald Lane, Suite A. This event will include a bounce house, games, costume contest, a haunted house, food trucks and more.
Bonkers Spooktacular Halloween Party, 5-8 p.m., Bonkers, Columbia. This not-scary Halloween party includes pizza and soft drinks, a trip through the Bonkers Pumpkin Patch and decorating station, a tour of the Not-So-Spooky Room and treat stations. Cost is $10 per person.
Trick or Treat on Oak Street, 6-8 p.m., Oak Street, California. Now in its third year, this event brings local businesses in California together for games and treats. Dress the children in costume and enjoy trick-or-treating at Oak Street businesses.
Scream One Trivia Night, 6 p.m., Scene One Theatre, 623 Ohio St. This Halloween-themed fundraiser for Scene One Theatre will include prizes for best individual costume and best team-themed table, as well as 50/50 games and a raffle. There will be 10 trivia rounds, each with 10 questions, to determine the overall winner, who will get a prize.
The Haunted Hustle, 8-11 a.m., North Jefferson City Recreation Area, 927 Fourth St. Get in costume for the second annual family-friendly event that features a 5K with refreshments before, during and after the race. All participants will receive a goodie bag. Hosted by The Sneaker Project. To register, visit thesneakerproject.org/haunted-hustle.
High Street Tick-Or-Treat, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., High Street. Put on your costume and stroll down High Street to trick-or-treat from local businesses all the way from the Capitol to the county courthouse.
Rat Rod Show & Trunk or Treat, noon-5 p.m., Ice Cream 4 Ice Cream LLC, Eugene. This event will feature a costume contest, rat rod show, trunk-or-treat, food and, of course, ice cream.
Halloween Public Skate, 1 p.m., Washington Park Ice Arena, 711 Kansas St. Enjoy games and a costume contest during this Halloween-themed skating session. The costume contest will be at 2 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for youth. Skate rentals are $3.
Trunk or Treat, 2-4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church & School, 803 Swifts Highway.
Jefferson City Jaycees 12th annual Trunk or Treat, 2-5 p.m., Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds, 1445 Fairgrounds Road. Bring the children for an afternoon of games, activities and goodies, with all proceeds going to benefit Operation T.O.Y.S. Admission is $1 and food and refreshments will be available.
Immanuel Trunk or Treat, 3-5 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran School, 8231 Tanner Bridge Road. Weather permitting, this free family event will include trunks lined up behind the church.
Trunk-or-Treat, 5-7 p.m., Southside Baptist Church, Fulton. This annual event will include free food and a giveaway for two bicycles and a tricycle.
Trunk-or-Treat, 5-7 p.m., Heartland Church, Fulton. This event will be held outside this year to allow for social distancing. Masks will be encouraged, but not required.
Trunk-or-Treat, 6-8 p.m., Holts Summit Police Department parking lot, Holts Summit.
Halloween with Five Turn Knot & Aquanet Allstars, 7 p.m., Capital Bluffs Event Center, 1616 Oil Well Road. This Halloween party is for the older children. Featuring food and alcohol, as well as live music from Five Turn Knot and Aquanet Allstars. There will be a costume contest with cash prizes. Cover charge is $10.