Antelope Valley Press - AV Living (Antelope Valley)

Make trick-or-treating fun in rural areas


Halloween is a day for ghouls and goblins, tricks and treats. Halloween is a child’s dream, and some of the more indelible images associated with this beloved holiday feature neighborho­od children ringing doors all across suburbia and urban centers. But country kids celebrate Halloween, too.

Did you know that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, urban areas make up just 3 percent of the land area of the United States? Twenty percent of the population calls the countrysid­e home. The numbers are quite similar in Canada, where Statistics Canada indicates roughly 18 percent of the population resides in rural areas.

Children who live in rural areas can still experience the magic of Halloween. They just may need to be a little more creative in their pursuit of candy.


Many children in rural areas find the distances between two houses are simply too great to walk. As a result, youngsters need the help of a parent or older sibling to helm the wheel and take them around to various homes in the area. The process can be made even more festive by listening to spooky songs along the way and decorating the vehicle with some Halloween imager y.


Another work-around to rural Halloween celebratio­ns is to move the trick-or-treating to an area where homes are closer together. It’s not uncommon for children to trick-or-treat in their friends’ or relatives’ neighborho­ods — even if they live in urban or suburban areas. Rural kids can make plans with friends from school and traverse new neighborho­ods for their candy.


Shopping malls, strip malls, supermarke­ts, and other retailers often have candy on hand for trick-or-treaters who like the safety of being in highly trafficked areas. These can be viable

spots to meet up for trick-or-treating.


Rural residents can coordinate a Halloween mixer at a community center, school or another building with a lot of space. The gathering also may take place at a farm or corn maze. Each family can contribute a snack and/or some candy, and the children can have fun together.

Trick-or-treating can be enjoyable regardless of whether one lives in a rural area or close to a town.

Dark Realm

Beware the Dark Realm is a free nonprofit Home Haunt to help raise funds for Family Promise of Santa Clarita. The Sivley Family have been building home and profession­al

haunts since 1971. Beware the Dark Realm haunted house is a high intensity walk-through attraction filled with terrifying live monsters, amazing special effects and incredible sets.

It runs from 7-10 p.m., Oct. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30

For more informatio­n visit http://bewarethed­

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