Get ready to howl around the Region this Halloween

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Published on September 21, 2016 with No Comments

Halloween, that day set aside for children of all ages dressed goblins, ghouls, and superheroes, returns to Northwest Indiana with traditional trick-or-treating and some special events around the area.

First, for the traditional trick-or-treaters, here is the holiday schedule:

  • City of Hobart – Monday, October 31, 5-7 p.m.
  • City of Portage – Monday, October 31, 4-7 p.m.
  • City of Valparaiso – Unavailable at press time.
  • Town of Chesterton – Unavailable at press time.

Now, for those special holiday events, here’s a list of things to do for a “howling “good time”:

Hesston Ghost Train – Sundays and Saturdays, October 15-30, noon to 5 p.m. Hosted by the Hesston Steam museum, 1201 E. 1000 North in LaPorte, this train promises spooky fun for all ages. Call 219-778-2783 for more details.

Haunted Hayride – Thursday through Saturday, October 20-22, 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Held at Portage’s Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd., this hayride is not recommended for children ages 3 and younger. Concessions will be available for purchase. There is a $3 admission fee.  For more information, call 219-762-1675.

Trunk or Treat – Saturday, October 22, 5:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for children with special needs and their families to enjoy Halloween. Held at Chasing Deams, 352 Chicago St. in Valparaiso, this enables special-needs kids to safely trick-or-treat in their costumes while walking from one car trunk to another. Children will enjoy the decorated car trunks, candy, and fun. Call 219-299-9049 for more information.

Trick-or-Treat the Downtown – Friday, October 28, 4-6 p.m. Trick-or-treaters should look for the orange poster in the windows of participating Chesterton merchants, as parents are encouraged to bring their costumed kids to downtown Chesterton. For more details, call 219-926-5513.

European Market Pumpkin Palooza – Saturday, October 29, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy trick-or-treating with downtown  Chesterton merchants in the area of Third and Broadway. Admission is free. There’ll be pumpkin decorating and costume contests for kids at 10 a.m., with costume contests for puppies at 11 a.m. Call 219-926-5513 for more information.

Pumpkin in the Park – Saturday, October 29, 4-6 p.m. Festival Park, located along Hobart’s downtown lakefront, is the site for this fun-filled, Halloween-themed event. For more information, call 219-942-2987.

“Howl”oween in the Dunes – Saturday, October 29, 4-9 p.m. Hosted by Indiana Dunes State Park, 1600 N. 25 East in Chesterton, this is a chance to get spooked and thrilled at the same time. Halloween activities take place throughout the weekend. There is a fee to enter the park. Call 219-926-1952 to learn more.

Tips for keeping those little goblins safe on Halloween

The Valparaiso Police Department offers the following safety tips to help make your Halloween holiday safe and fun:

  1.  Walk, don’t run, from house to house.
  2. Stay on sidewalks.
  3. Stop and look both ways before crossing the street.
  4. Cross the street at intersections, not between parked cars.
  5. Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
  6. Carry a flashlight and wear bright clothing.
  7. Make sure costumes do not drag on the ground.
  8. Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
  9. Safer to be in groups when walking and trick or treating.
  10. Approach only houses that have lights on.
  11. Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.
  12. Wear costumes that don’t restrict your sight.
  13. Wait to eat candy after you get home.
  14. Parents should inspect candy after returning home. Any candy opened should not be eaten.
  15. Carry a cellular phone and immediately report any suspicious activity to police.
  16. All motorists should slow down and use extra caution during trick-or-treat hours.

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