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story.lead_photo.caption Pumpkins wait to be sold at Fischer Farms at north Jefferson City. Photo by Julie Smith / News Tribune.

For the fifth year, the Westphalia Trading Co. will hold its Spooktacular this weekend.

Set for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, the event will look slightly different this year because of COVID-19 precautions, said Julie Boeckmann, who owns Westphalia Trading Co. with her husband. In addition to the normal activities, which includes a petting zoo, corn maze and hay rides, Boeckmann said extra games will be set up, such as ring toss and tic-tac-toe games, throughout the area. But, unlike in years past, the games will not be manned by staff.

There also will not be individual trick-or-treating, but Boeckmann said every child 10 and younger will receive a bag of candy as they leave for the day.

All children are encouraged to wear costumes, and Boeckmann said parents will be able to take photos at many different stations. There also will be an honor-system scavenger hunt, she said, where participants will check things off as they find them and receive a prize when they finish.

Plus, there will be what Boeckmann called the "Corn Maze Monster," an inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex she described as friendly, wandering around the crowd.

Admission is $10 per person for all 3 and older. Concessions will be available throughout the day. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Oct. 31. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook or visit

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