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Elizabeth Walter, Office of the Mayor,, 812-349-3406

Weekend Events Kick Off Bloomington’s Halloween Celebration

Bloomington, Ind. -  Upcoming events offer Halloween fans of all ages several opportunities to begin celebrating the holiday before the City’s official trick-or-treat hours, scheduled for Tuesday, October 31, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat Trail
Saturday, October 21 / 1:00-4:00 p.m. / RCA Park (1400 W. RCA Park Drive)
The woods at RCA Park come to life as movie, storybook, and fairytale characters share age-appropriate stories with trick-or-treaters. Other activities include Rigamajig, taste-testing healthy snacks, and more.  Cost: $4 per child. One adult admitted free with each paid child's admission, and additional adults cost $2 each.

Skate and Scare
Saturday, October 21 / 7:00-9:00 p.m. / Frank Southern Ice Arena (2100 S. Henderson St.)
Ice skate through a haunted house filled with spooky music and participate in a costume contest for a chance to win prizes. Recommended for ages 6-14. Cost: $6 per person and $3 for skate rental.

Safe Halloween
Wednesday, October 25 / 5:00-7:00 p.m. / North Jordan Ave (begins at 2001 N. Fisher Ct.)
The public is invited to trick-or-treat along North Jordan with IU’s Panhellenic Association, Interfraternity Council, National Panhellenic Council and the Multicultural Greek Council.  Parking is available in the green lot at Memorial Stadium. Cost: Free and open to the public.

Downtown Trick-or-Treat
Friday, October 27 / 5:00-8:00 p.m. / Downtown Bloomington
Trick-or-treat at participating downtown businesses. Free parking is available after 6:00 p.m. in the 4th Street garage. Cost: Free and open to the public.

Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Friday, October 27 / 5:30-7:30 p.m. / Banneker Community Center  (930 W. 7th St.)  
Activities include age-appropriate stories, crafts, games, music, and more, for children ages 2-7. Cost: $5 per family.

Official City Trick-or-Treat Hours
Tuesday, October 31 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.  
Trick-or-treat hours take place rain or shine. Please consider the following to help keep children and families safe:

  • Trick-or-treat during designated hours and only go to those homes that have a porch light on to welcome trick-or-treaters.

  • Carry a flashlight to light the way on streets and sidewalks. Flashlights or glow sticks also will help illuminate children for motor vehicles.

  • Dress your children in, or bring along, some type of reflective material to wear when trick-or-treating at dusk or later. A reflective jacket works well, as do reflecting trick-or-treat bags. Please keep in mind that sunset will be around 6:45 p.m. on Halloween.

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

  • Put electronic devices such as cell phones down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run.

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If children are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar, well-lit areas and trick-or-treat in groups.

  • Make sure that costumes do not cause a safety hazard such as being too long or including masks that affect the ability to see clearly. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks.

  • Homeowners should make sure that pets are secured so they do not become frightened by costumed children or activity that is out of the ordinary.

  • Children should be instructed to NEVER enter the home of someone they do not know and to remain on the porch to receive their treats.

  • Any observed suspicious activity or tainted candy should be reported to police immediately.

  • Children should be instructed not to eat candy until it has been inspected by an adult.

  • Drive slowly, anticipate pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential areas. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

  • Take extra time to look for children at intersections, on medians and on curbs, and behind landscaping.