I love every aspect of Halloween- grown-up parties, scary movies, haunted houses, costume contests, and of course, candy. But my favorite thing about Halloween is how thrilling it is for kids. I remember the joy of dressing up as anything I wanted, the thrill that it was a little mischievous, "trick or treat, smell my feet!" and again, the candy. I love seeing kids filled with this autumnal joy. It's arguably the most "kid" a kid gets to be all year.

The City of Lubbock has done a wonderful job of providing Halloween fun for kids through both the Pumpkin Trail and Safety City's Trick-Or-Treat Street. Both events are totally free and are family-friendly. Although I must say I have enjoyed the Pumpkin Trail immensely as a full-grown adult for these past 15 years.

The Pumpkin Trail October 26-29, located at Clapp Park (46th Street and Avenue U)

Around 1800 carved pumpkins are provided by the community each year, and anyone can walk and enjoy the trail during the day, or even better, when they are lit at night. I find the pumpkin trail to be a beautifully serene experience. Kids will love all the kid-themed vignettes and they really love to help carve a pumpkin for donation, too. If you'd like to donate a pumpkin to the event, there are more details about that here.

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash
Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

Safety City Trick-Or-Treat Street October 27-28, located at Safety City, 46th Street and Avenue U in Clapp Park. It's a safe trick-or-treating experience that presents an opportunity to remind kids about pedestrian safety.

Children and parents will parade around the kid-sized streets walking from one child-sized building to the next, collecting treats and goodies. With its buildings, streets, and traffic lights, Safety City is the perfect location for this Halloween event.


Other City of Lubbock Halloween Events:

Halloween Carnival - October 13th, 2023, Maggie Trejo Supercenter, 3200 Amherst

The Maggie Trejo Supercenter hosts an annual Halloween Carnival each year! Youth of all ages dress up in their costumes and enjoy food, carnival games, crafts, face painting, and door prizes. Free fun for the entire family!

Dog Day Halloween - October 14th, 2023, McAlister Dog Park

Join Maxey Community Center for their annual Halloween costume contest for dogs! Categories include Small Dogs, Large Dogs, and Couples (dog and owner are both dressed up!). FREE to enter!

Trunk-or-Treat - October 14th, 2023, Mae Simmons Community Center, 2004 Oak Avenue

Bring your family to Mae Simmons' Trunk-or-Treat! Enjoy the great cars and decorations from one of our local car clubs. Free for all ages.

Trunk-or-Treat - October 20th, 2023, Rawlings Community Center, 40th and Avenue B

Dress up the kids and bring them out for candy, costume contests, and fun! Prizes will be awarded to the kids with the best costumes. Register for the costume contest by 6:15 p.m., with judging beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the following categories: ages 1-5, 6-12, and 13-17. There will be hot dogs and popcorn to snack on, and admission is free!

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