Trick or Treat on the Square provides safe fun for kids

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BY: DAVID REISS

LANSING STAR STAFF WRITER

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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.”

Parent friendly

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.

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