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Not planning to trick or treat on Halloween Day? Here are a few alternative events

Whether you're planning to trick or treat on Halloween Day or participate in a local trunk or treat, there are multiple options to safely hit the town.

Families can take a Halloween-themed trip under the sea at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s trick or treat event. (Port City Daily photo/File)

SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — With Halloween weekend ahead, there are multiple options for families who want to trick or treat before the actual holiday.

Multiple churches will host trunk or treats this weekend and through early next week.

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For trick-or-treaters who plan to celebrate Halloween the traditional way, Jennifer Dandron, spokesperson for Wilmington Police Department, said officers will be equipped with candy while they keep an eye on neighborhoods on Oct. 31.

“We’ll definitely be monitoring neighborhoods,” Dandron said. “We’ll have officers for the safety of the children and for the adults we’ll be patrolling and making sure everyone has a safe and happy holiday.”

Safe, alternative Halloween trick-or-treating options are also available in the area:

Trick or Treat at the Cotton Exchange

Children and adults can dress up and enjoy trick-or-treating early this year at the Cotton Exchange in downtown Wilmington. The free event will offer candy stops at various shops in the Cotton Exchange from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.

Leland’s 10th annual Trunk or Treat

Leland is set to celebrate its 10th annual Trunk or Treat event at the Leland Municipal Park Saturday. From 4 to 6 p.m., Leland Parks and Recreation will host a pumpkin carving and decorating contest for families who bring their pumpkins to the park.

Trunks can still register online for the free event.

Trick or Treat “Under the Sea”

This year, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is hosting a Trick or Treat Under the Sea three-day event. Thursday through Saturday, families can interact with creepy crawlies and underwater skeletons. Games, costume contest and a magic show are scheduled for each day, held from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets for the $13 event can only be purchased ahead of the event online.

Know of a family-friendly Halloween event we missed? Let us know in the comments.

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