The City of New Haven has set trick or treat hours in New Haven for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.
“Additional police officers and other officials from the Fire Department will be on staff during this period to ensure the safety of everyone,” Police Chief Henry McKinnon said in a statement.
Mayor Terry McDonald asked motorists to exercise extra caution during this time as children venture through neighborhoods and cross intersections. He also reminded parents to have children visit only those houses with their lights on.
McDonald also encouraged everyone to bring their kids to downtown New Haven and venture down Broadway where local business owners will participate in handing out treats to children from 4-6 p.m. The fire and EMS vehicles will also be on display for the kids.
A Halloween carnival will be held in Schnelker Park, from 4-6 p.m. Parents who do not want their children going from door to door might choose to allow children to receive treats and participate in games and other events at the carnival. The event is sponsored by Impact Community Church and is free to the public.
Other area Halloween and autumn events include:
Cornerstone Youth Center’s fifth annual Trunk-or-Treat promises candy for the kids and fun for the whole family. The public is invited to the celebration, from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in the Cornerstone parking lot and gym at 19819 Monroeville Road, Monroeville. Besides candy for the children, Trunk-or-Treat will feature games, prizes and free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks. There is no cost for children wanting to participate, but free-will donations will be accepted. People wanting to decorate the back of their vehicle and distribute candy are invited to do so. However, they should contact Volunteer Coordinator Kevin House at (260) 623-3972, ext. 190, to reserve a spot. Pinterest is a good site for trunk decorating ideas, House said.
Trick-or-Treat @ Georgetown, Georgetown Square, 6310 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. Tuesday evening, Oct. 31, 5:30-7 p.m. Featuring a live band in front of Jeff’s Coney, Surface DJ’s by Biggby Coffee playing music and announcing costume contest winners. All businesses are asked to pass out candy to the many trick-or-treaters that will make their way around the shopping center.
Pumpkin Patch, Good Shepherd UMC Church, 4700 Vance Ave., Fort Wayne. through Oct. 29, selling many sizes of pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks and Indian corn. Proceeds benefit Shepherd’s House in Fort Wayne and Madina School in Sierra Leone, Africa. Special events include: the Fall Festival, Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.-2p.m., with inflatables, carny games, chili cook-off and more; and a model train display in church Oct. 29 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Patch hours vary by day. Call the church at (260) 483-8816 for more information.
Hysterium haunted house, 4410 Arden Drive, Fort Wayne: Open every Friday and Saturday through Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to midnight as well as Thursday, Oct. 26, Sundays, Oct. 22 and 29, and Oct. 30-31 from 7-9:30 p.m. Also open Nov. 3-4 for a special event, “Blackout,” from 7-9:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 10 and older, according to their website, hysterium.com. The cost is $13 or $20 for a fast pass.
Kuehnert Dairy Farm and Fall Festival, 6532 W. Cook Road, Fort Wayne: Weekends through Oct. 22, families can visit the Kuehnert Dairy Farm for educational and fun activities. Guests can see the dairy farm in action, explore the 5-acre corn maze, paint pumpkins, play on the new jump pad and more. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. General admission is $8 per person, though children 2 and younger are admitted free. For more information visit facebook.com/Kuehnertdairyfarm.
The St. Vincent Boy Scouts Haunted Castle and Black Forest, 8965 Auburn Road, Fort Wayne: Returning for its 37th year, this annual haunted forest and house is a local favorite. This year’s remaining dates are: Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 29; and Oct. 31. The castle opens at 7 p.m. and the forest opens at dark. The castle and forest close at 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 for one haunt, $16 for both and guests can receive $1 off regular admission by bringing a nonperishable or paper item for the St. Vincent food pantry. For more information visit hauntedcastle.com.
Wild Zoo Halloween, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne: This “merry-not-scary” event returns to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19-22 and 27-29. Children can wear costumes and see the zoo’s animals while they participate in activities including exploring the Treat Trails, meeting Broomhilda the Witch and picking miniature pumpkins. More information and tickets can be found at http://kidszoo.org/event/wild-zoo-halloween- 2-2015-10-17/2017-10-13/.
Halloween Pet Parade, 3411 Sherman Blvd., Fort Wayne: The City of Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control will host its 9th annual Halloween Pet Parade at Franke Park Pavilion 1 on Saturday, Oct. 21, noon-3 p.m. There are several costume categories including best homemade costume, best animal duo, best themed group of three or more, best movie or storybook character, best celebrity, best food or drink theme, best animal/human duo and best Halloween theme. For more information visit facebook.com/HalloweenPetParade.
Spook-A-Palooza, Spiece Fieldhouse, 5310 Merchandise Drive, Fort Wayne: The Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau will host Spook-A-Palooza from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. This indoor trunk-or-treat type event will include visits from local team and school mascots along with games, raffle prizes and candy. Family-friendly businesses will hand out candy and host various games. Admission is free. King Arthur’s Trolley will be on site selling food.
Cinema Center: In addition to the events taking place as part of Fright Night, The Cinema Center will show Dario Argento’s “Suspiria” at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27. On Oct. 28 a George Romero Tribute Night will take place. At 6:30 “Creepshow” will be screening, at 9 p.m. “Night of the Living Dead” will play and at 11 p.m. “Suspiria” will play again. Tickets for regular showings are $9 for general admission, $7.50 for seniors and students, $5 for Cinema Center members and $4 for senior Cinema Center members. Matinee shows before 5 p.m. on weekdays are $7 general admission, $5.50 for seniors and students, $3 for Cinema Center members and $2 for senior Cinema Center members. For more information visit cinemacenter.org.
Trick or treat: Trick or treat in the city of Fort Wayne will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. The Fort Wayne Police Department reminds trick-or-treaters to: only visit homes with an illuminated exterior front or porch light; wear reflective or light-colored clothing; travel in groups; have a pre-planned route; only cross streets at crosswalks; visit familiar homes and not to enter strangers’ homes; and be prepared for adverse weather. The Fort Wayne Police Department also reminds trick-or-treaters not to wear costumes that obscure their vision and not to eat any candy until it is inspected by an adult.