A lot of parents are concerned about their children's safety on Halloween. The biggest danger to children during trick or treating is the traffic. Kids are excited and running through the neighborhood, not always looking for traffic. Drivers are distracted, it's dark and kids can't see through their costumes. It's a recipe for safety disaster if everyone isn't careful.
One great alternative to traditional trick or treating is taking your children to a safe event. These events allow you to do all your trick or treating in one location while collecting candy from stores or residents. Some of these events also take place on other evenings so you could do both!
Each year, several local churches sponsor special events for the community on or around Halloween. Faith United Church of Christ is one such church. Enjoy safe trick or treating, games and treats at their annual Truck or Treat event.
Where: Faith United Church of Christ, 4040 E. Thompson Road, Indianapolis
Enjoy fun and safe trick-or-treating before Halloween night. Your kids can collect treats on Franklin's city square while trick or treating from decorated trunks and trucks in a safe, no-traffic area.
Where: Franklin City Square, Franklin
Enjoy safe trick or treating at the Indiana State Fairgrounds "Trunk or Treat" event. Children 12 years old and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Enter from Gate 1 off 38th Street and follow the directional signs! Parking is free. For more information, contact 317-927-7500. This is an annual event, held on Halloween night each year. The event is very popular so expect large crowds.
Where: Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park, Indiana State Fairgrounds
Castleton Square Mall is sponsoring a Kidgits Halloween event. Kidgits is teaming up with Captain McFinn to recognize October as Bully Prevention Month. A free app called The Bully Free zone will be available for download and you could win a free iPadAir. You won’t want to miss all of the fun activities and giveaways! Kidgits Club membership is $5. You must be a member to participate.
Where: Castleton Square Mall; Center Court
Greenwood Park Mall is also sponsoring a special Halloween event. Enjoy trick or treating, games, prizes and more! Kidgits is teaming up with Captain McFinn to recognize October as Bully Prevention Month. A free app called The Bully Free zone will be available for download and you could win a free iPadAir. You won’t want to miss all of the fun activities and giveaways! Kidgits Club membership is $5. Costumes are encouraged. Masks are allowed only on children 12 years old or younger; no toy weapons; and costumes should be worn only during event hours.
Where: Greenwood Park Mall; Starting location Von Maur/jcpenney Court