BY: DAVID REISS
LANSING STAR STAFF WRITER
Lansing’s sixth annual Trick-or-Treat on the Square provided a safe environment for children and their parents to eat candy and engage in Halloween activities coordinated by Downtown Lansing Inc.’s promotional committee.
With candy stations set up all around Washington Square, store owners and anyone involved in the Lansing community could offer kids with candy, cider and donuts.
Activities included a hayride, face painting and different games for children, like a corn hole set and magic tricks. The Potter Park Zoo brought friendly animals kids could interact with. There were also various forms of entertainment, like a man walking in stilts and fire dancers.
“Trick or Treat on the Square is a fun, safe environment for children to trick or treat and do all the things that make Halloween fun,” said Mindy Biladeau, executive director of Downtown Lansing Inc. “It has become one of the staples of Halloween time in Lansing.”
This year’s Trick or Treat on the Square was the biggest ever, with more than 14,000 kids participating and more activities than previous years. Parents were also appreciative of the friendly atmosphere and the endless opportunities for their children to expend energy.
“I brought my oldest to the first one they had,” said Lansing mother Kathy Baker. “And I’ve got my two little girls with me here now. It’s a great event for kids to just have fun. As a parent, it’s really nice to have something like this in the community every year.”
The Downtown Lansing Inc.’s promotions committee and volunteers from the community run the event. Supporting businesses include MLive, The Lansing Lugnuts and local stores.