Halloween trick or treat times for central Indiana 2012

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The following are trick or treat times for central Indiana communities for Halloween 2012. This list will be updated in the coming weeks. Last year's hours are listed if 2012 hours were not available.

Anderson 5:00-8pm Wednesday , October 31

Avon 6-9pm, Wednesday , October 31

Beech Grove 6-9pm Wednesday , October 31

Bloomington 5:30-8:30pm Wednesday , October 31

Brownsburg 6-9pm Wednesday , October 31

Carmel 5-8pm Wednesday , October 31

Cicero 6-8:30pm Wednesday , October 31

Columbus 5-8pm Wednesday , October 31

Crawfordsville 5-8pm Wednesday , October 31

Cumberland 5-9pm Wednesday , October 31

Danville 6-9pm Wednesday , October 31

Decatur 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Wednesday , October 31

Delphi 6-8:30pm Wednesday , October 31

Fishers 6-8pm Wednesday , October 31

Franklin 6-9pm Wednesday , October 31

Greencastle 5-8pm Wednesday , October 31

Greenfield 5:30-8:30pm (last year's hours) Wednesday , October 31

Greenwood 6-8:30pm Wednesday , October 31

Indianapolis 6-8pm Wednesday , October 31

Kokomo 6-8pm Wednesday , October 31

Lapel 6:30-8:30pm Wednesday , October 31

Lawrence 5:30-8:30pm Wednesday , October 31

Lebanon 6-9pm Wednesday , October 31

Martinsville 6-8:30pm Wednesday , October 31

McCordsville 5:30-8:30pm Wednesday , October 31

Monrovia 5-8pm Wednesday , October 31

Mooresville 6:30-8pm Wednesday , October 31

Muncie 5-8pm Wednesday , October 31

New Castle 5-8pm Wednesday , October 31

New Palestine 6-9pm Wednesday , October 31

New Whiteland 6-9pm Wednesday , October 31

Noblesville - 5:30 - 8:30pm- Wednesday , October 31

Pittsboro 6-8pm Wednesday , October 31

Plainfield 6-9pm Wednesday , October 31

Shelbyville 6-8pm Wednesday , October 31

Sheridan 6-9pm Wednesday , October 31

Speedway 6-8pm Wednesday , October 31

Westfield 5-8pm Wednesday , October 31

Whitestown 5:30-8:30pm Wednesday , October 31

Zionsville 5-8pm Wednesday , October 31

Indoor events

'Spooktacular' event celebrates witching season with free fun for entire family

Indianapolis: Washington Square Mall will offer little ghouls and goblins a safe place to haunt this Halloween as they present their annual Safe Trick-or-Treat on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Kids can join in all the frightfully fun activities for Halloween in a safe, climate-controlled environment. Costumed characters are invited to go store-to-store exchanging ghoulish greetings for sweet treats.

In addition to collecting Halloween treats, kids and their parents can also get acquainted with several local community groups and organizations that will have information tables set up throughout the mall. These groups, in addition to retailers, will also be passing out Halloween treats.

The Greenwood Park Mall will host its annual Simon Kidgits Club Halloween event tonight from 6 to 8 pm. Hub TV Network will provide fun activities for attendees, giveaways and trick-or-treat bags (while supplies last). Additionally, during the event, little ones can view some of the network's fun, kid-friendly, spooky-themed episodes of shows including "My Little Pony Friendship is Magic" and "Transformers Rescue Bots."

At the Indiana State Fairgrounds, the Dow AgroSciences Celebration Park hosts Safe Night Halloween Trunk or Treat from 5 to 7 pm. Admission is free for children 12 and younger accompanied by an adult.

The Decatur Township Fire Department hosts a safe trick or treat event from 5:30 to 8pm. They're at 5410 South High School Road.

Review this list as the sun rises on Halloween and make sure all are checked before dusk.


· Remove hazards from front porch and yard, such as pots, branches, candles and hoses.

· Confine household pets, and make sure they are wearing collars.

· Leave jack-o-lantern carving to adults and use battery-powered lights.


· Talk to children in advance about boundaries for how many pieces of candy will be eaten Halloween night (three to five recommended).

· When choosing candies to give on Halloween, select ones with nutritional value like chocolates (the darker the better) or candies with nuts.

· Send kids trick-or-treating on a full stomach by planning an easy meal, like a bowl of whole-wheat pasta or a quick peanut butter and banana sandwich.


· Make sure masks have eyeholes large enough for full vision.

· Check for loose clothing that could easily brush up against jack-o-lanterns.

· Read labels to make sure fabrics are flame resistant-remind to stop, drop and roll.


· Test props to make sure they are flexible and confirm face paint is non-toxic.

· Add reflective tape and stickers if costumes are not bright.

· Ensure kids carry a flashlight and cell phone.


· Chaperone children age 13 and younger.

· Remind kids to stay on sidewalk; walk facing traffic and avoid shortcuts.

· Set a rule to visit only well-lit houses and remain on porch.

FOR KIDS: Halloween Safety and Health Tips from the ExpertsSAFETY:

Halloween is one of the most exciting holidays for children because they can dress up in elaborate costumes and act out of character. However, as the sun goes down and trick-or-treaters start roaming the streets of your neighborhood, there are several things to worry about as a parent or guardian. Potentially hazardous costumes or accessories, tainted candy and crossing the street at night without supervision are only a few concerns that should be addressed prior to a child leaving the house.

Children ages 5-14 are four times more likely to be killed while walking on Halloween evening compared with other evenings of the year. Falls are the leading cause of injuries among children on Halloween. Halloween is a fun time for children, but it also is an important time to be extra vigilant for possible safety hazards-so that your children have a fun and safe Halloween.

· Avoid costumes with excessive flowing fabric, such as capes or sleeves. Loose clothing can easily brush up against a jack-o-lantern or other open flame, causing your child's costume to catch on fire.

· Make sure your child's costume fits properly. Oversized costumes and footwear, such as clown or adult shoes, can cause your child to trip and fall, bringing them home with more scrapes and bruises than candy. Avoid wearing hats that will slide over their eyes.

· Accessorize with flexible props, such as rubber swords or knives. Inflexible props can cause serious injury in case of a fall.

· Apply face paint or cosmetics directly to the face, and make sure it is non-toxic and hypoallergenic. A loose-fitting mask can obstruct a child's vision. If a mask is worn, be certain it fits securely. Cut the eyeholes large enough for full vision.

· If possible, choose a brightly colored costume that drivers can spot easily. If not, decorate his costume with reflective tape and stickers.

· Always supervise children under the age of 13. Older children should trick-or-treat in a group, and a curfew should be established for them. Attach the name, address and phone number (including area code) of children under age 13 to their clothes in case they get separated from adults. Have each child carry a cell phone or some loose change in case they need to call home or get lost.

· Children should only go to well-lit houses and remain on the porch within street view. Teach your child to cross the street only at crosswalks or intersections. Make sure he understands never to cross between parked cars and to always look both ways before crossing. Remind your child to stay on the sidewalk, if possible, and to walk facing traffic. Children should walk, not run, and avoid using shortcuts across backyards or alleys. Use flashlights when trick-or-treating in the dark.

· Remind your child not to eat any treats before you have a chance to examine them thoroughly for holes and punctures. Throw away all treats that are homemade or unwrapped. To help prevent your children from munching, give them a snack or light meal before they go trick-or-treating.

· Parents of food-allergic children must read every candy label in their child's Halloween bag to avoid a potentially life-threatening situation for the child.


Kids consume 1.5 cups of fat, 3 cups of sugar and 4,800 calories at Halloween time

Many of us spend hours decorating the house and creating the perfect costume for a spooky Halloween, but the spookiest part of Halloween is not the scary costumes or the spider web on your front porch - it's the amount of fat, sugar and calories consumed by trick-or-treaters.

By visiting 15 houses, the average trick-or-treater can collect up to 60 pieces of "fun-size" candy on Halloween night. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta looked at the calories, fat and sugar content of a bag of typical Halloween treats and found it to be equivalent to 4,800 calories, one-and-a-half cups of fat and three cups of sugar.

"Allowing your child to consume three cups of sugar is like standing by and watching them eat 200 packets of sugar," said Dr. Stephanie Walsh, Medical Director of Child Wellness at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. "Halloween and candy are synonymous, but it's important to provide sweets in moderation and focus on the fun and family time of the event - not the candy."

According to Dr. Walsh, candies with rich ingredients such as chocolate and peanut butter have the highest sugar and fat content. And many specialty Halloween candies, such as candy corn, contain unhealthy amounts of sugar if not consumed in moderation.

Childhood obesity has become a threatening epidemic in Georgia. Weighing in just below Mississippi, Georgia has the second highest rate of childhood obesity in the United States. Nearly one in three children ages 10 to 17 in Georgia is considered to be overweight or obese (National Survey of Children's Health, 2007), and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is continuing to witness a steady rise in obesity cases at all three of its hospitals.

To combat this chronic illness, Dr. Walsh offers several tips to help Georgia's families have a fun and healthy Halloween:

· Offer to "buy back" the candy from your kids in exchange for a small toy.

· Provide plenty of water with the sweets, and set aside time to be active to help burn the extra calories consumed.

· Provide a nutritious meal that includes fruits and vegetables before going to gather candy. This will lower your child's appetite for the sweets they are about to collect in the hours to come.

· Distribute candy with lower sugar and fat content to trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood.

· Talk to children in advance about boundaries for how many pieces of candy will be eaten Halloween night (three to five recommended).

· When choosing candies to give on Halloween, select ones with nutritional value like chocolates (the darker the better) or candies with nuts.

· Send kids trick-or-treating on a full stomach by planning an easy meal, like a bowl of whole-wheat pasta or a quick peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Haunted Houses

The Haunted Angelus
Location: 8829 E. Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Phone: 317 500 4746

The Asylum
Location: 8734 East 21st Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Phone: 317 898 1817

The Asylum House

Phone: 317-919-9347

Children's Museum Indianapolis Wicked Workshop
Location: 3000 N. Meridian St.,
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: 1 800 820 6214

Corpse Manor
Location: 4700 N. Post Road
Indianapolis, IN 46226
(Located in Post Road Recreation Center)
Phone: 317 683 930

Fright Manor Haunted House
Location: 2909 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225
Phone: 317-883-7666

Frite Lodge
Location: 7525 S. Acton Rd, Acton, IN
(2 miles south of I-74 exit 99 5 miles east of Indianapolis)
Phone: 317 862 6834

Hanna Haunted Acres-Hayride, Maze & 4 Haunted Houses:
Location: 7323 E. Hanna Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46239
Phone: 317 357 0881

Huntington Jaycees Haunted Hotel
Location: 13th Floor
511 North Jefferson Street
Huntington, Indiana

Indy Screampark
Location: 5211 New S. Columbus Rd.
Anderson, IN 46013
Phone: 317 489 3732

Necropolis City of Perpetual Darkness
Location: 2525 N Shadeland Ave,
Indianapolis, IN 46219