Ingham County offers Halloween alternatives to Trick-or-Treating

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By Missy Sebring
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

Ingham County has many Halloween activities planned. Lansing, East Lansing and Meridian Township have alternatives to regular trick-or-treating.
The Potter Park Zoo will be having Boo at the Zoo the weekend of the 24th. According to the special events coordinator at the zoo, Jen Rostar. Families can come in costumes and see the zoo in a different perspective.

“This is something that folks look forward to year after year after year,” said Rostar. “They raise their kids coming to Boo at the Zoo.”

Boo at the Zoo has been celebrated for more than 15 years and is hoping to have anywhere from  5,000-10,000 people. Participation is always weather dependent.
The Lansing Parks and Recreation Department will be having a Candyland Trail and haunted house at the Smith Southside Community Center on Oct. 25. This is the first year that the Candyland Trail will be at this location. The community center programmer, Marcus Wells, hopes that it will bring more options for families who would want a combination of scary and fun.

“Part of our job as a city-run organization is to use people’s tax dollars for events like this and provide them a service,” said Wells. “It’s a fun way to do that and we are able to help them with any other activities they are interested in.”

They are hoping to have anywhere from 50-100 people and the new location creates the potential to grow the event even bigger each year. Wells said it is important to bring the community together and get it involved to make Lansing even stronger.
East Lansing will have a Great Pumpkin Walk for families to visit local businesses that are handing out candy. It will also be having Safe Halloween which is put on by the Michigan State Greek Community.
Meridian Township will host free open houses for residents to attend Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families can walk through the Police Department, Fire Department and the local government access channel.

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