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Halloween Doesn't Have to Mean Ghouls and Goblins

Posted October 31, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Hope you have your candy ready for the trick or treaters tonight. It's a big night for kids. You know how excited they get dressing up in their costumes. But trick or treating doesn't mean the same thing to every family.

When you say Halloween, you often think of scary ghosts and goblins, as well as nighttime trick or treating. But for a lot of Triangle kids, Halloween is a daytime activity minus the scare.

A lot of parents don't like their kids out at night going door to door trick or treating, so there are alternatives. Kids Town in Cary offered two parties, pumpkin painting, a little candy and a lot of fun.

For many, it was their first Halloween. And at Kids Town, there wasn't a single scary element.

"We don't want to scare them," says Kids Town owner Esin Atakturk. "We want it to be about safety and not scary things."

Instead of carving jack-'o-lanterns, they were busy painting pumpkins. To make it official, there was a costume parade and candy.

If you're kids aren't taking the traditional trick or treat trip around the neighborhood, there are plenty of other controlled activities going on around the Triangle.

WRAL will highlight many of the alternatives during the 5:00 report.