Trick or Treat Street offers sweet scare

Trick or Treat Street, the one-stop shop for the Halloween experience, is set for Monday  (October 31) at Seward County Community College, and it’s going to be big, said organizer Wade Lyon.

“Our numbers were down a little bit last year, because we had to move it from the actual night of the 31st,” said Lyon, Director of Student Life at SCCC. “This year, we’ll be set up on Halloween night, and I expect 1,000 people to show up.”

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in the Student Union building on the main campus, trick-or-treaters of all ages can meander down the hallways, compete in carnival-style games, and collect candy at booths hosted by SCCC student clubs and organizations. Everything in the union’s “Trick or Treat Street” is suitable for young children, Lyon said.

Across the driveway, though, more chills and thrills await in the dorm’s “Haunted Hallway.”

“The resident assistants and dorm directors set that up, and it’s more scary,” Lyon said. “The little kids are happy with candy and their costumes but once they get a little older, they want that creepy experience so we set up the Haunted Hallway for that age group. It’s nothing too scary, but it’s not for preschoolers or early elementary-age children.”

The event has always been a feel-good option for the community and for parents.

“I have kids myself, and as a parent, this is perfect,” said Lyon. “It offers a safe environment for the kids to go somewhere different, but you don’t have to worry about weather, crossing streets, safety … it’s just a fun environment.”

Lyon asked that parents come prepared to have fun with their children, and be patient with waiting in line at some of the booths.

“We just ask people to be patient, he said. “Putting 1,000 people through the loop in two hours is a lot. If they can relax, take photos, have fun with friends along the way, it makes it all go more smoothly.”

Doors to Trick or Treat Street open at 6:30 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public.

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