Trick-or-treat, off the street

Seven-year-old Cody Linden, dressed as “The Joker” from Batman, is seen passing out goodies to a trick-or-treater at the 2018 Trick or Treat on Main Street event in Toledo. (News-Times file photo)

Halloween is just a day away, falling on a Thursday this year. And while it’s easy to be safe trick-or-treating in most neighborhoods, some aren’t ideal for walking or don’t have many households in the spooky spirit. For Lincoln County residents seeking indoor or limited trick-or-treat options, here are a few suggestions for where to go on Halloween night.

In Lincoln City, the Lincoln City Outlets invite families to go store to store in search of candy starting at 5 p.m. Participating stores will have employees handing out candy to trick-or treaters until 7 p.m. or while supplies last. There is no cost to participate. The Lincoln City Outlets are located at 1500 SE East Devils Lake Rd.

In Toledo, businesses along Main Street will be providing a safe and cheerful trick-or-treat atmosphere for people in and out of costume from 3:30 to 6 p.m. For this free, annual event, the business owners will also be in costume to really get into the spirit of things.

In Waldport, the Waldport First Baptist Church will be hosting a “No Fright Kids Night” which promises to include candy, popcorn, games, prizes and fun for the whole family. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is free to all. The church is located at 2620 Alsea Highway, across from Eckman Lake.

In Newport, there are many options. One of the most popular destinations for candy collecting on Halloween is the Oregon Coast Aquarium, where “Trick-or-Treat Street” will once again be co-hosted by the aquarium and the OSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program. The event will be held at the aquarium starting at 6 p.m., featuring local businesses handing out candy at mock storefronts arranged to make a looping street. Admission is free with a donation of two cans of food — for people or pets — per person. All food donations go to the Food Share of Lincoln County.

For a free option, families can head down to Coast Street in the Nye Beach District from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. or to the Bayfront from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for trick-or-treating at shops along those roads.

If children aren’t up to long walks, South Beach Manor invites kids of all ages to join them for a Halloween celebration which will include many activities for those in costume, including a costume contest and making fresh cider with an apple press. The fun runs from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 411 SE 35th Street in South Beach.

Wherever children venture out to collect candy, Lincoln County Sheriff Curtis Landers advises that they should be accompanied by an adult, know their phone numbers and carry a note in their pocket with their name and address. More tips on how to make Halloween a safe, fun experience for everyone can be found at https://www.safekids.org.

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