Area communities to offer safe trick-or-treating
MECOSTA, OSCEOLA, LAKE COUNTIES — As Halloween approaches, families can look to the community for safe, fun trick-or-treating options.
Whether kids are interested in trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating, or attending other Halloween events, there is something for everybody, Amber Hutchinson, organizer for Reed City's Halloween in the Park, said.
"These events offer a safe space for kids to have fun in places parents are familiar with and comfortable bringing their kids to," she said.
Halloween in the Park
The annual Halloween in the Park event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The fun indoor trick-or-treating event, which was originally held at Westerburg Park in Reed City, was moved to GT Norman Elementary School several years ago.
"GT Norman lets us use their facilities, so if it rains or gets cold, kids still can have a good time indoors," Hutchinson said.
In addition to trick-or-treating, there also will be bounce houses, dressed-up characters, snacks and informational booths from various community organizations.
Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids will be hosting their own trick-or-treating event from 1 to 2:30 on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Kids of all ages are welcome to dress in costumes and collect candy, according to the event's Facebook page.
Chase Main Street Foundation trunk-or-treat
Chase Main Street Foundation also will be getting involved in the Halloween season with a trunk-or-treat event.
The event will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at Chase Township Park and give kids a safe environment to show off their Halloween costumes and collect candy.
Trunk-or-treat at Grand Oaks Nursing Center
Baldwin residents will have the chance to take part in trunk-or-treating as well.
The event, which will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Grand Oaks Nursing Center in Baldwin, will offer plenty of candy, as well as hot dog meals for the first 100 families.
Big Rapids Community Library Scavenger Hunt
While the Big Rapids Community Library will not be hosting any trick-or-treating events, kids will have the chance to win candy and prizes at the library's Halloween scavenger hunt.
Taking place from 11 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31, locals of all ages can search the library for famous book characters at this free event.
"It's a great way for the community to familiarize themselves with the library, while also doing something fun and educational," Sarah Welch, head of programs and services at the library, said.
Chippewa Hills High School trunk-or-treat
From 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, locals are invited to attend a trunk-or-treat event at Chippewa Hills High School.
At the family event, kids in costumes can collect candy in a safe environment.
While the event is free, organizers are currently accepting candy donations, which can be dropped off at the elementary offices, as well as the high school office.