Best Bets: Trick or Treating downtown on Saturday

Published 6:42 am Thursday, October 24, 2019

Kids can take the opportunity to get some early candy as the annual Downtown Trick or Treating event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday in Downtown Austin.

Participants will be able to get candy from various businesses in the downtown area. Signs located in business windows will indicate which stores, businesses and attractions are participating.

“It’s just like Halloween itself, just a couple days early,” said Spam Museum Manager Savile Lord. “Kids are encouraged to bring a sack and was a fun costume.”

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Businesses and attractions participating in this year’s event are:

  • Bendixen Jewelry
  • Brick Furniture
  • Coffee House on Main
  • Daisy Blue
  • El Mariachi
  • Hastings Shoe Store
  • Hormel Historic Home
  • Impact Fitness
  • Jane Taylor Academy of Dance and Martial Arts Fitness Center
  • Lou’s Forever Framing
  • Life Safety 4-U (next to Coffee House on Main in Town Center)
  • Novedades Cristal
  • Piggy Blues BBQ
  • Rave Nutrition
  • Real Deals
  • Spam Museum
  • Style Lounge
  • Sweet “Station 9 ¾” Reads
  • Twice is Nice
  • Vintage Vixen
  • Wells Fargo

Maps are available at the Spam Museum.

The event not only provides a fun activity for kids, but also showcases Austin’s downtown area.

“As downtown gets fuller, it’s important to make people aware of the businesses we have here,” Lord said.

For more information about the event, call 507-437-4561.

“It’s so much fun,” Lord said. “It’s a fun event where people can go trick or treating from store to store.”


• All Are Welcome Workshop, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hormel Historic Home. Austin community members interested in advancing racial equality are invited to participate in this one-day program. Gordon Goodwin of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) will be leading this one-day program, discussing the role of the community in advancing racial equity. Water, coffee and snacks will be available throughout the day. Program will be working through lunch, so for lunch, bring your own or receive a box lunch for $10. Registration required by Oct. 15. For more information, call Julie at 507-433-2391.

• Soup and Salad, 4:30 p.m. at the Mower County Senior Center. Enjoy soup and a full salad bar with all sorts of goodies. Soup and salad plate, one trip – $4, or all you can eat for $8 (clean plate every time). For more information, call 507-433-2370.

• Kay Sea Club Bingo, 5:30 p.m. at the Mower County Senior Center. Fifteen games to be played. Cost is $12 for a packet.

• ArtRocks Open Jam Session, 7 p.m. at the Austin ArtWorks Center. Meet and play with other musicians from around the area. House band sets up and is available for back-up; you bring your music, instruments, and energy. Cash bar available. For more information,  go to or call 507-434-0934.


• Kids’ Music in Motion, 10 a.m. at the Hormel Historic Home. Featuring the Austin High School marching band. Free for HHH members, $2 for nonmembers aged 2-12. Music program to begin at 10:30 a.m. Kids will be led through activities that match the unique sound and style of a marching band and will explore instruments and meet the musicians. A special scavenger hunt will be offered in the historic home for families to enjoy before or after the music. To sign up or for more information, go to or call 507-433-4243.

• 2019 APD Fall Auction, 10 a.m. at Packer Arena. Check this out for deals on vehicles, bikes and miscellaneous items. For more information, call 507-437-9400 or go to

• Fall Extravaganza Vendor and Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church. One stop shopping and $5 lunch. Vendors include Norwex, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Pink Zebra, Scentsy and much more. Includes drawings for great prizes. For more information, call 507-433-3782.

• National Book Tour Author Visit – J. Ryan Stradal, 1 p.m. at Sweet Reads. Meet author J. Ryan Stradal as part of his national book tour at Sweet Reads Book and Candy Store, followed by a book signing at Gravity Storm brewery. For more information, call 507-396-8660.

• Annual Creamed Chicken Dinner, 4:30-7 p.m. at Brownsdale United Methodist Church. Tickets available at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids aged 5-12 and free for kids under 5.For more information, call 507-567-2644.


• Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon at the Austin Eagles Club. Fundraiser for eight Austin dancers who have been invited to perform at the Outback Bowl this January in Florida. All-you-can-eat. Silent auction and 31 bags for sale.

• Kay Sea Club Bingo, 1:30 p.m. at the Mower County Senior Center. Fifteen games to be played. Cost is $12 for a packet.