Few American traditions are as highly anticipated by children as trick or treating on Halloween night. Personally, I love the concept of neighbors young and old participating in making the night fun, welcoming young ones to their home for a gift of candy and a compliment on their clever costume. However, in some neighborhoods – this may not be the norm. As the years go by, it seems there are more houses with their porch lights off on Halloween, indicating “this is not a place to trick-or-treat” due to a number of reasons. Perhaps the family doesn’t like/celebrate Halloween, can’t afford to buy candy to give out, doesn’t like having guests or is out trick-or-treating with their own children. Having neighborhoods with spotty trick-or-treat participation can be a bummer for kids, and though we’ve all heard the stories of vans full of kids being dropped off in well-to-do neighborhoods in hopes of scoring king-sized candy bars, we all know that’s probably not the best solution either. So, what’s a candy-loving, costumed family to do on Halloween, if their neighborhood isn’t the most trick-or-treat friendly? FresYes has got you covered with four great local event options.
Trick-or-Treat the Mall
Both Sierra Vista and Fashion Fair malls are welcoming costumed trick-or-treaters to go store-to-store showing off their costumes and collecting candy from 4-6pm this Halloween Friday. Both malls have requested adults not wear masks to ensure a safe a fun event for the kids. Sierra Vista also offers a decorated Halloween gazebo with photography and a ticket booth for purchasing Hobb’s Grove combo tickets if you’d like to enjoy heading out there after trick-or-treating (or even the following evening, as the Grove’s last night is November 1st).
Two local churches are hosting large-scale Trunk-or-Treat events for the broader community this year (if you know of others, please feel free to leave the information in the comments – thank you!). Northpointe Community Church located on Milburn just South of Herndon will be offering hayrides, concessions and a parking lot full of decorated cars with their owners offering candy to costumed children. I’ve personally taken my son to this event more than once and he had a great time. Those who volunteered to decorate their cars and hand out candy really went all out (an undersea themed car sticks out most in my mind, and was perfect seeing as my son was big on Nemo at the time). New Covenant Church on Nees between Cedar and Maple is also hosting a Trunk-or-Treat with over 100 cars expected. New Covenant is also offering concessions as well as a pumpkin patch play area for children ages 6 and under and a cake walk for everyone. Both Trunk-or-Treat events will take place from 6-8pm on Halloween and are open to the general public – you do not need to be a church member to attend.
We at FresYes hope you and your family have a very fun and safe Halloween, however you choose to spend your evening!
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