No tricks just treats

‘BOO-tastic Bash,’ ‘Candy Crawl’ offer Halloween fun

LC Halloween

<p class="indent">The city of Lake Charles has two fun-filled events planned on Halloween.

<p class="indent">The city will partner with Prien Lake Mall to present a “BOO-tastic Bash” 5-8 p.m. and will join forces with the Downtown Business Association to sponsor a “Candy Crawl” 4-7 p.m.

<p class="indent">The “BOO-tastic Bash” will replace the city’s annual Harvest Fest. “Partnerships between public and private agencies have provided us with the opportunity to put a new spin on some old events and these Halloween festivities are no different,” said Mayor Nic Hunter in a news release.

<div class="Content"><p class="indent">The Prien Lake Mall will also host a mall-wide tickor-treat 5-6:30 p.m. as part of the bash. Children are invited to come in costume and search for candy from each of the mall’s retailers while supplies last.

<p class="indent">Katie Harrington, spokeswoman for the city, reminded families that toy weapons will not be allowed in the mall and masks may only be worn during trickor-treating.

<p class="indent">Throughout the mall’s property, the Lake Charles Recreation and Parks Department will bring 15 classic Harvest Fest games to the children, including a haunted house. The games will include candy and prizes throughout the evening until 8 p.m.

<p class="indent">The Downtown Business Association Candy Crawl will encompass the downtown blocks of Ryan Street, Harrington said.

<p class="indent">Local merchants will be set up along the sidewalks of downtown Lake Charles, creating a safe environment for children to hunt for candy.

<p class="indent">“Between these events and the trunk-or-treats local churches and communities are sponsoring, there are lots of safe options for children and families this Halloween,” she said.

<p class="indent">In an effort to ensure family and community safety, the city recommends that all trick-or-treat activities end at 8 p.m. unless they are supervised by parents or other civic organizations, Harrington said.

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