EAST TAWAS – Happy Halloween Iosco County! Tonight (Wednesday, Oct. 31), children will swarm the streets of the county, cloaked in costumes, saying “trick or treat” in an effort to fill their bags with candy.
Although there is no official start time for trick or treating in the county, according to area law enforcement, there are some traditional times in communities like the Tawases.
According to Tawas Police Authority Chief Mark Ferguson, trick or treat times in the Tawases last from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is signaled with a blast from the siren at the East Tawas Fire Department.
In addition to the traditional activity of trick or treating, there are many events around the county for youths to participate in occurring on Halloween.
The East Tawas Business Association will hold its annual Halloween parade beginning at 4:45 p.m. Participants can gather at the Tawas Bay Players parking lot, starting at 4:30 p.m., to parade down Newman Street and start trick or treating at area businesses in East Tawas.
Another event is the Trunk or Treat event at Hale Baptist Church. The event features decorated vehicles where children of all ages can go from vehicle to vehicle collecting candy, according to organizers.
The church is located at 327 N. Washington St. in Hale. The event is free to the public; more information can be found by calling 728-3821.
Another fun night will be held in Tawas City at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 720 2nd St. The event will run from 5 to 8 p.m.
This event will feature a haunted house, magic show and trunk or treating in the back parking area of the church. The event is open to all children and free to the public.
For the fifth year in a row, the East Tawas Assembly of God Church is holding its alternative Halloween event, called “Under the Big Top.”
The event features Halloween and entertainment activities for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, according to Pastor Jim Westheim.
The event is under tents in the parking area of the church, located at 311 E. Lincoln in East Tawas.
Westheim said there will be age-specific candy drops where candy is rained down on children.
“We run anywhere from 1,200 to 1,400 kids and we’ll have 150 pounds of candy, games and activities for the children,” he said.
Westheim said many people begin arriving as early as 5:30 p.m. More information can be found by calling the church at 362-5742.
A major trick or treating event is taking place in AuSable Township at the Americinn on Halloween, according to Assistant Manager Becky Schneider.
Area businesses, organizations and individuals set up hotel rooms as candy stations for children, she said. Kids can go from room to room collecting candy and participating in activities.
According to Schneider, she expects at least 20 different rooms for the event.
In the hotel lobby will be apple cider and cookies, as well as entertainment for the children, according to Schneider. The event will last from 4 to 7 p.m. Schneider said typically more than 1,000 attend the event.
More information about the event can be found by calling 739-1986.
Iosco County Sheriff Allan MacGregor says it is important for children who are trick or treating to wear highly visible clothing while out in the community, so they can be seen by drivers.
He said drivers need to be extra cautious when driving on Halloween and be on the constant lookout for children on the roadways, adding that youths should stay off roadways in all possible cases.
MacGregor also urged parents to keep on eye on children who may not be paying attention to busy streets during trick or treating.
A final piece of advice was to trick or treat in areas where parents have a good idea of the type of people living in the area and the layout of the neighborhood.