BLOOMINGTON -- A number of Halloween-related events are planned this weekend in anticipation of traditional trick-or-treating Monday. The American Red Cross of the Heartland also has shared tips to keep your activities safe.

SATURDAY

Howl at the Market; 7:30 am.-noon, Farmers Market, downtown Bloomington; costumed children younger than 12 eligible for "boo bucks."

Trunk or Treat; 4-7 p.m., Union MB Church, 509 W. Jackson St., Bloomington.

Trail of Treats, Trail of Terror; 4:30-10:30 p.m., Lower Lake Park, Eureka; Treats, 4:30-6 p.m., $1 or nonperishable food item; Terror, 6:30-10:30 p.m., $4 and food or $5.

Open skate; 8-9:30 p.m., Pepsi Ice Center, Bloomington; theme: "Freaky Friday Halloween Fright Night."

SUNDAY

Halloween at the Zoo; 1-3 p.m., Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington.

Trick or treat; 4-6 p.m., Mackinaw; 5-5:30 p.m., zombie crawl on Main Street; parade, 7 p.m., steps off from fire station.

Trunk or Treat; 5-7 p.m., Presbyterian Church parking lot, Fairbury, and First Assembly of God, 800 E. Vernon Ave., Normal.

MONDAY

Costume parade; 10 a.m., Bloomington Public Library children's department.

Treat Feast; 5-6:30 p.m., Uptown Normal.

Safe trick or treat party; 6:30-8 p.m., Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, 1925 S. Main St., Bloomington.

Trick or treat; 5-7 p.m. at Eastland Mall, Bloomington; Streator

Trick or treat; 5-8 p.m. in Bloomington, Normal, Arrowsmith (lights on), Danvers, Eureka.

Trick or treat; 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Farmer City.

Trick or treat; 5:30-8 p.m. in Minonk.

SAFETY TIPS

Plan your route and have an adult go with you; use a flashlight; stay away from candles and open fires.

Visit only the homes with a porchlight on; don't walk inside a house to accept candy.

Wear light-colored or reflective costumes and clothing; make sure you can walk easily in your costume; use face paint rather than a mask, which can cover your eyes.

Stay on sidewalks and cross streets only in crosswalks after you've looked both ways.

Don't eat your treats until your parents or a trusted adult goes through them. They know which treats might not be safe.

 

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