Downtown Trick-or-Treat event promises fun for all
Children and their families are invited to dress up in their favorite costumes for Halloween-themed fun and candy at the eighth annual, “Trick-or-Treat on the Square,” Monday, Oct. 26 in Downtown Lansing.
This free event will be located in the 100 and 200 blocks of South Washington Square from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Guests may visit anytime during the event.
“It’s a trick-or-treat and Halloween fun event that we have downtown,” organizer Layna Anderson said. “It’s a safe environment for kids to come out and trick-or-treat and we have a lot of different activities as well.”
Anderson is the communications and marketing manager for Downtown Lansing Inc. and sits on the promotions committee that coordinates “Trick-or-Treat on the Square.”
Activities will include trick-or-treating at 15 different candy stations, face painting, hayrides, celebrity appearances of Big Lug and Louie the Lightning Bug, magicians and tasty cider and donuts, according to Anderson.
The candy used for trick-or-treating is provided through Downtown Lansing Inc. in partnership with Walmart stores in the Lansing area. According to Anderson, all of the candy stations will be open at all times during the event, while supplies last. There will also be a limited supply of trick-or-treat bags provided at the Welcome Booth.
Performances from the Dakini Fire Dancers are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Several businesses around the Lansing area will serve as sponsors for this event, including Lake Trust Credit Union, MSUFCU, Walmart, and Glazed and Confused Bakery, a new business located on Washington Square.
“(Sponsorship) was one of those things where it was the right thing to do being a new business in a community,” said Pete Counseller, Glazed and Confused Bakery owner. “Halloween is a fun time and we wanted to contribute what we could to what they had already planned.”
Glazed and Confused Bakery will make about 2,000 donuts for guests of the event, according to Counseller.
According to Anderson, portions of Washington Square will be closed starting at 1 p.m. in preparation for the event. There will be no designated parking, but meters are free after 6 p.m.
Anderson said that since weather is a major factor, it is difficult to predict how many people will visit “Trick-Or-Treat on the Square,” but there were an estimated 10,000 people at the event last year.
Halloween-loving volunteers are still needed to help pass out candy, according to Anderson.
In the case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 27. For more information about “Trick-Or-Treat on the Square” or to volunteer, visit www.trickortreatonthesquare.org/