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Zombies, ghosts and witches will be showing up all over St. Lawrence County this week as Halloween weekend approaches and the spooky dance parties begin.

Veterans and others in Potsdam will be dressing up for a Halloween Zombie Party at the VFW Post, 95 Market St., from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

Jody D. Tosti, also known as DJ Double Dutch, organized the party and playlist, an eclectic mix of rock and dance music.

“The number of veterans involved with the VFW is dwindling and live music helps get the community involved as well,” she said.

Ms. Tosti said prizes will be given out to those with the funniest and scariest costumes, and there also will be a 50/50 raffle and drink specials to raise money for the VFW.

“Although I’m sure some of the members of the VFW will be there, this is a great way to introduce younger people to the VFW,” Ms. Tosti said.

The Raquette Valley Fish and Game Club, 233 Cold Brook Drive, also will host a costume dance party Saturday night that’s open to the community with a $3 admission fee.

“We’ve had this for many years and it’s just a lot of fun,” Mary A. Long, treasurer of the club, said.

The party will include live music from the Potsdam band, Generation Gap.

The Madrid Hotel, 1897 State Highway 345, Madrid, is having a Halloween party Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight that will include costume prizes, food and live music.

Haunted adventures will be easy to find Thursday.

A haunted barn at 685 State Highway 11C, Winthrop, will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

For the third year in a row, Main Street in the village of Norfolk will be blocked off for Trunk or Treat.

People with decorated trucks and trunk will line up their vehicles on Halloween and pass out candy to trick-or-treaters from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

“The first year we had about five cars,” Billy R. Bruns, Norfolk, who organized the event, said. “They park their car, pop the trunk, pass out candy and it’s just a really great opportunity for the churches and the community.”

Trunk or Treat began as a church event with members of the Norfolk Wesleyan Church, 33 W. Main St., and Norfolk United Methodist Church, 11 W. Main St. participating.

This year the event is open to the public with a contest for the best decorated trunk.

“I fully expect well over 25 to 30 cars and there will be better lighting to see down the street as well,” Mr. Bruns said.

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