Check out these options for trick or treating

Looking for a safe alternative to turning your little ghost or goblin loose on the neighborhood for Halloween trick or treating?

Area downtown merchants and shopping centers are opening their doors to youngsters, offering treats and prizes and contests — oh my!

City of Sandy — 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Bring the kids to downtown Sandy and visit local merchants for sweet treats and other surprises. Stop by the UPS Store, Chariteas or the Sandy Historical Museum for a photo opportunity with one of the Sandy Main Street Halloween backdrops. Don’t forget your camera.

Historic Downtown Gresham — 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Join other families on Main Avenue for a safe way to celebrate Halloween. Vehicle traffic to Main Avenue will be blocked off to provide youngsters with a safe area to roam and pick up candy from downtown businesses.

The Haunted Forest — 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Glendoveer Golf Course, 14015 N.E. Glisan St., Portland. Kids of all ages can collect candy along the Trick-or-Treat Path and participate in a Lazer Tag game, before hitting glow-in-the-dark golf balls in the Haunted Driving Range. Costumes are encouraged and treat bags will be provided.

Downtown Troutdale — 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Merchants along the Historic Columbia River Highway will stay open later to hand out tricks and treats to youngsters.

Gresham Station — 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Wear your best Halloween outfit for entry into the costume contest at 6:30 p.m. between Craft Warehouse and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Treats, prizes and surprises by most mall merchants. SnowCAP volunteers will be accepting donations of canned food and clothing and serving up hot cider from Starbucks.

Safe and Fun Trick or Treating — 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets, 450 N.W. 257th Way, Troutdale. Select merchants will be in costume to hand out wrapped treats to children age 13 and younger.

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