Alternative trick or treat events planned around Knoxville

Alternative trick or treat events planned around Knoxville

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Pastors with Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville are getting ready to host their second annual trunk or treat event. Pastors with Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville are getting ready to host their second annual trunk or treat event.
"It's a good alternative, especially because it's a safe, well lit environment," said Pastor Mark Vushuiakovish. "It's a good alternative, especially because it's a safe, well lit environment," said Pastor Mark Vushuiakovish.
Knoxville Center Mall officials expect their crowd to be bigger this year with a haunted house in the parking lot  and a costume contest. Knoxville Center Mall officials expect their crowd to be bigger this year with a haunted house in the parking lot and a costume contest.
"All of our stores are participating, so we aren't really sure how many people we're going to get. We do know it will always be a good crowd," Abbey Harris said. "All of our stores are participating, so we aren't really sure how many people we're going to get. We do know it will always be a good crowd," Abbey Harris said.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Halloween is just two days away, but rain could make it difficult for trick or treaters Thursday night. Other than going door to door, there are events in the area allowing kids to dress up, get candy and stay dry.

Pastors with Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville are getting ready to host their second annual trunk or treat event. They expect about 200 people to pack their parking lot on Halloween night.

"It's a good alternative, especially because it's a safe, well lit environment," said Pastor Mark Vushuiakovish.

If it rains that night as expected, they're prepared.

"We're going to go in our gym area, and we'll have tables and things set up there just in case," Vushuiakovish says.

Local churches aren't the only ones hosting alternative Halloween events.

"Knoxville Center is a two story, climate controlled, family friendly center, so we definitely love to open our doors and provide a fun and warm place for the kids to trick or treat," said Abbey Harris, spokesperson with the Knoxville Center Mall.

The Knoxville Center event starts at 5:30 Thursday night.

"All of our stores are participating, so we aren't really sure how many people we're going to get. We do know it will always be a good crowd," Harris said.

Mall officials expect the crowd to be bigger this year with a haunted house in the parking lot  and a costume contest.

"Adults and children alike can participate in the costume contest, and I know there's good prizes they give out for that, and we're just really looking forward to seeing everybody on Halloween," Harris says.

Also on Thursday night, The Foothills Mall in Maryville and the College Square Mall in Morristown will each have trick or treating inside from 6 to 7 p.m.

The Smoky Mountains Harvest Festival will also wrap up in Sevier County on Halloween.

The City of Knoxville has no official trick or treating time, but officials say most people will be out around dusk. If you welcome visitors, just leave your porch lights on.

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