The Downtown Development Association in Grand Forks is sponsoring several events this month designed to infuse some fun into these fall days, including a community scavenger hunt, downtown walking tours and a drive-in “Fright Night” movie event for fans of scary films.

The Homecoming Scavenger Hunt is going on all this week, with clues posted daily on the DDA website,, and on Facebook and Instagram. This is Homecoming Week at UND.

Winners will be announced daily. Each daily winner will receive a gift card for a business in the area where the clue was found.

A grand prize winner, announced Saturday, Oct. 10, will receive a gift card package for a business involved in the scavenger hunt.

The DDA invites everyone to learn more about Grand Forks history by attending downtown walking tours set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, and Oct. 24.

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Participants should meet at 1 p.m. at the Town Square Water Wheel, at 1 S. Third St., to begin the free tour. From tour leaders, Cory Mock and Blue Weber, they will learn about not only the city’s past, but also what’s in store for the future, along with some fun facts, said Katie Rehder, DDA marketing and events coordinator.

Participants should bring a mask in case the group becomes too large to maintain social distance, she said.

A “Fright Night” drive-in movie event Oct. 15 will feature the kid-friendly “Beetlejuice” at 7 p.m. and “Halloween,” rated R, at 9:30 p.m. in the parking lot off Fourth Street Northwest in East Grand Forks, just west of the East Grand Forks Fire Station. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for the first movie and 9 p.m. for the second.

Participants are asked to purchase tickets, $5 for each movie, online on the DDA website in advance.

Food and typical movie treats may be purchased, with cash or credit card, from River Cinema Theaters, Blue Moose, Spud Jr.,and Mamma Maria’s; the businesses will deliver to the vehicle.

The local HB Sound and Light company is providing the movie screen and using FM transmitters to allow the audience to hear the movie on vehicles' radios. Outdoor speakers also will be used, Rehder said.

At the drive-in entrance, each vehicle will receive a movie food menu, along with a parking space number. When ordering from the food vendor, the attendee will give the parking space number and type of vehicle to ensure proper delivery. All food orders must be paid for online or over the phone.