The Downtown Bozeman Association wants everyone to know Downtown Bozeman is the place to celebrate Halloween. It's coming fast.

When I grew up in New York City we just went out and knocked on strangers' doors and yelled "trick or treat!" No parents, just a bunch of kids 10 and younger, roaming the neighborhood, begging for candy from strangers. We usually got home with lots of candy about 9 or 10 p.m. The 14- and 15-year-olds could stay out till 1 a.m.

No one thought this was dangerous or scary. None of my friends were kidnapped or killed. Our parents did check our candy for razor blades. We had all heard the story of the guy that hated kids putting blades in apples. We mainly threw the apples away.

Today, parents worry about safety. But your child wants to go out and trick-or-treat. So Downtown Bozeman Association is trying to give kids a great way to celebrate Halloween. From 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, downtown will become  "spooktacular." You can bring your kids in costumes downtown and let them trick-or-treat. It will be a safe evening of traditional trick-or-treating downtown. Over 150 businesses will be giving out goodies.

Want more information on this great event or are you a bad parent who will just push you child out into the dark to go to strange houses and ask for candy? So, if you're a good parent, click here to get more information.

Start planning for a fun Halloween now.


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