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The following safety tips will help make your Halloween safe and fun:

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Uncategorized

Published on October 12, 2016 with No Comments

  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 inspect all candy after returning home.  Any opened candy should be disposed of.
  15. Carry a cell phone and immediately report any suspicious activity to police.

All motorists should slow-down and use extra caution during Tick-or-Treat hours:

Trick-or-Treat Hours 

  • City of Hobart – Monday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • City of Portage – Monday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • City of Valparaiso – Monday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Town of Chesterton – Monday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Town of New Chicago – Monday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • City of Lake Station – Monday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Town of Wanatah – Monday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Town of Westville – Monday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Trunk-or-Treat 

Portage

• The City of Portage will host its 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat Event on Friday, Oct. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Founders Square, near 6260 Central Ave. in Portage.  Real Life Community Church will offer a photo booth, BAM Pizza will sell food, local musical entertainment will be played around the water tower.  The City of Portage will offer free hot chocolate, and the Portage Parks Department will host a free Movie on the Square. The feature will be Hotel Transylvania 2, beginning at dusk.  Join Portage for a fun-filled family evening.  For more information call 219-762-5425 or, visit

Beverly Shores

• ABSR Halloween Celebration first annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Lituanica Park on Ripplewater Dr. in Beverly Shores. Decorate the trunk of your car, and be prepared for the ghosts, goblins and superheros to go from trunk to trunk for treats. All children are welcome. For more information call Jannsen’s Dune Mart at 219-879-8048.

Lake Station

• The Lake Station Fire Department is hosting their annual Trunk-or-Treat on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Cost is $3 per child. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will also be sold. There will be a bonfire and story time. Event takes place at the Lake Station Fire Department, 1876 Fairview in Lake Station. For more information call 219-840-3188.

• Northshore Health Center will host Trunk-or-Treat in the parking lot at 2490 Central Ave. in Lake Station from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Event is free. Candy for children of all ages, and must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Local business information and coupons will be distributed. For more information call 219-763-8112 or visit

Valparaiso

• This is an opportunity for children with special needs and their families to enjoy Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Held at Chasing Dreams, 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.

• Every year Acacia Church hosts “Trunk-Or-Treat” in the parking lot. Families from all over the area are welcome to enjoy a fun, safe & exciting night. Enter your best chili recipe into our Chili Cook-Off to win a prize. Vote for your favorite trunk. Enter your name to WIN an iPad Mini. You won’t want to miss this from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at 2352 W. Morthland Dr. in Valparaiso. Tons of candy to be given away. For more information, visit www.acaciavalpo.com 

Hobart

• Join Cornerstone Community Church, located at 7983 Grand Blvd. (on the corner of Hwy 30 and Rt. 51) in Hobart on Friday Oct. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. Candy, games food and Trunk-or-Treating. There will be a bonfire, hayrides and so much more. For more information call 219-942-4800 or, visit

Other area Halloween Happenings 

Boo at the Zoo

On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Michigan City’s Washington Park Zoo will host a safe trick-or-treating experience for children along decorated zoo paths. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recommended. The zoo is located along the Michigan City lakefront at 115 Lakeshore Dr. in Michigan City. For more information call 219-873-1510 or visit www.washingtonparkzoo.com. 

Haunted Hayride

Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 20-22, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Held at Portage’s Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd., in Portage.  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. 

Not-So Creepy Critter Crawl

On Friday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center at Three Rivers County Park in Lake Station is the scene for displays of live snakes, lizards, and turtles. Children will learn about respecting and caring for these critters and all living things. The county park is located at 2800 Colorado St. Call 219-963-2070 for more information. 

Pumpkin Hunt at Museum

Westchester Township History Museum is hosting a pumpkin hunt for children ages 6-12 from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. Kids are encouraged, but not required, to come in costume. The museum is located at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton. For more information, call 219-921-0964.

Fall Festival

Bring the whole family for indoor fun at Christian Assembly Church, at the corner of 73rd and Rt. 51 in Hobart from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.  Trick-or-treating, games, hot dogs, chips and pop, face painting and magician Larry Wirtz from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. The evening will include two bikes to be raffled off. All events are free. For more information call 219-947-3668 or visit www.christianassemblyhobart.com 

Halloween in the Park

“Halloween in the Park” will be held at Riverview Park, 2701 Ripley St., in Lake Station on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The ticket cost is $5 and can be bought in advance or at the door. Ticket includes trick or treating at our 7 decorated (and sometimes scary) shelters. Ticket also includes  haunted hay ride and a hot dog, chip and a drink. For more information call 219-962-7508.

Trick-or-Treat the Downtown

On Friday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 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. 

Halloween Sock Hop

Put on your dancing shoes and socks and head on over the St. Sava’s banquet hall for the ultimate ‘50s and ‘60s Halloween sock hop on Saturday, Oct. 29, presented by Jim Dandy and Wayne Para. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. Costumes are optional; come as your favorite character from the 1950s or ‘60s – scary, funny, couple, or single. Cash bar; bring your own snacks. For ticket information call 219-462-1976 or 219-776-4000. St. Sava is located at 9191 Mississippi St. in Merrillville.

Town hosts Haunted Hayride

The New Chicago Park Department is sponsoring a haunted hayride from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Twin Oaks Park, 3101 Huntington St. in New Chicago.  Admission is $2, with proceeds going to town parks for future events and park upgrades. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to volunteer, call 219-962-1157.

European Market Pumpkin Palooza

Enjoy trick-or-treating with downtown  Chesterton merchants in the area of Third and Broadway on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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

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

“Howl”oween in the Dunes

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 starting Saturday, Oct. 29 from 4 to 9 p.m. There is a fee to enter the park. Call 219-926-1952 to learn more.

Haunted Hayride

The town of New Chicago will host a haunted hayride at Twin Oaks Park, 3101 Huntington St. on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 7:30 to 10 p.m.  Admission is $2, with proceeds benefiting the town’s park department. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 219-962-1157 for more details.

Hesston Ghost Train

Sundays and Saturdays,  through Saturday, Oct. 30, from 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. Fallen trees and power lines had made eight schools at least partly inaccessible, and four were being repaired for roof damage, company right there said myra j

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