Colorado Springs-area high schools offer Halloween parties for children

October 29, 2013 Updated: October 29, 2013 at 9:25 am

Shopping malls and churches aren't the only venues for youngsters to dress up and score some candy this week.

Some high schools also get into the holiday spirit.

"It's still cool to celebrate Halloween when you're in high school" is one message for children who attend Mitchell High School's annual safe trick-or-treating bash Wednesday night.

"We like to do this to make it fun for the kids and show the community the good qualities of Mitchell and its students," said Trista Kochis of the school's National Honor Society, which is sponsoring the event.

The Fall Lalapalooza runs 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Children ages infant to 12 years old from the Mitchell neighborhood, just east of South Academy Boulevard off Galley Road, can dress in costume, collect candy from student groups, and play games and win prizes from carnival booths presented by the student council and other clubs.

A pumpkin patch and a petting zoo with students wearing animal costumes are always popular attractions, Kochis said.

While the event has been going on for about a decade, last year's crowd was the biggest, she said, with more than 200 children attending.

"Our whole school gets involved because students donate candy," Kochis said.

"Last year, we had over 300 bags of candy donated, and we ran out and had to buy more."

Other opportunities:

- Falcon High School will host its popular Treat Street 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Candy and carnival games with prizes will be offered throughout the school. Sponsored by Student Council, Peer Mediation, Link Crew, Air Force Junior ROTC and National Honor Society. Admission is two canned food items for Care and Share or a $2 donation.

- The halls of Woodland Park High School will be crawling with princesses and pirates Wednesday night. Children can parade around the school for free candy during the annual Treat Street, 6-7:30 p.m. The tradition has been around since the 1990s and has become one of the school's largest community events. A haunted house will be open 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the auditorium.

- Sierra High School's journalism class will present safe trick-or-treating 5-8 p.m. on Halloween night, Thursday. Along with candy and games a children's Halloween movie will be shown. Wristlets cost $12 at the door; individual tickets are $1.

- Harrison High School will host a safe trick-or-treating gala for neighborhood kids, 5-7 p.m. Thursday.

- Palmer High School's Halloween Extravaganza for children in the community will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday in the auxiliary gym at Boulder Street and North Nevada Avenue.

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