LIMA — This weekend will give area thrill-seekers one more weekend to feel the fear.
The stars are aligned in an already frightening 2020. Halloween falls on a Saturday. There’s a full moon, which happens every 19 years, and it happens to be a Blue Moon too for the first time in 76 years.
There are a handful of fundraisers taking advantage of the spooky weekend.
• Bruster’s Car Wash will host a Tunnel of Terror from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at its 940 Bellefontaine Avenue car wash. Admission is $10 for the works car wash. Proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots.
• A Halloween Pet Walk and Costume Contest to raise awareness around domestic violence and sexual assault is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at Ottawa Metro Park. A donation of $5 is requested to enter the contest and raffle. There is a $5 early registration fee per pet via Facebook, which includes one free raffle tickets. Raffle tickets are $1 each of $6 for $5, with winners posted on Facebook and contacted via text. The event is sponsored by Crime Victim Services.
• The second annual Lima Kiwanis How’oween Trick or Trot 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will start at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at Woodlawn Cemetery, 1751 Spencerville Road, Lima. Register online at j.mp/2FltCqg. The 5K is $30, and the fun run is $25. A virtual pet costume contest is $10.
• Downtown Wapakoneta Partnership will sponsor a Halloween Reverse Raffle at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Wapakoneta VFW, 712 N. Dixie, Wapakoneta. Two dinners for dine-in or carry out come with each $100 ticket. Only 300 tickets will be sold, and the reverse raffle will begin at 7 p.m. The grand prize is $10,000, with $5,000 for second prize and $1,000 for third prize. The first ticket drawn wins a prize, as does every 50th ticket. Winners need not be present to win. Tickets are on sale at Riverside Art Center and Casa Chic.
• Many area communities have their trick-or-treat nights scheduled for Friday or Saturday. Friday includes Kalida (6-7 p.m.) and Ottoville (5:3o-7 p.m.). Saturday’s lineup includes American Township and Elida (2-4 p.m., rescheduled from Thursday), Beaverdam (6-7 p.m.), Cridersville (2-3:30 p.m., rescheduled from Thursday), Shawnee Township (2-4 p.m., rescheduled from Thursday), Spencerville (4-6 p.m.), Spencerville Roselawn Manor (3:30-5 p.m.), Van Wert downtown businesses (10 a.m.-noon), Van Wert (4-6 p.m.) and Wapakoneta (2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.).
• The series of haunted events continue, with the Hammer Brothers Haunted Circus in Waynesfield, the Haunted Town Hall in Lafayette and Putnam County’s Haunted Cornfield.