Neighborhood trick-or-treating isn’t a thing of the past, but communities and organizations have been offering more alternatives to this Halloween tradition in recent years.
There’s a certain amount of trust required to let your kids take candy from strangers, even in your own neighborhood. During my childhood, trick-or-treating almost always meant visiting the houses of people my friends and family knew. I’m not sure that’s the case for kids anymore, so I can see why parents opt for community-sanctioned events where treats are distributed.
One of those is The Great Pumpkin Party in the Square, a free event happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Cleveland’s Public Square.
Partygoers are invited to come in costume and take part in activities including pumpkin drawing, a pumpkin roll and even trick-or-treating. All ages are welcome.
Before or after the party, check out Prismatica, a free interactive lighting exhibit in Public Square from midnight to 11:59 p.m. daily through Nov. 15.