Safe Neighborhoods for Trick or Treating in North Port? (Plantation: city hall, houses)
Punta Gorda - Port CharlotteCharlotte County
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A friend that lives in NP wants to take her 7 yr old out for traditional trick or treating. Any recommendations on neighborhoods that are actually "happening"? She said last year she went through her own neighborhood and hardly anyone was even home.
Last year I put my light on to hand out candy to kids that wanted to trick or treat. We didn't have many. There was a dad that hooked a trailer to his truck and loaded it with hay and drove the kids to the houses with lights on.
Our neighborhood is very safe but we have no street lights and I sure wouldn't want my kids out trick or treating in the pitch dark either. I asked a couple neighbors what their kids do and was told that some go down to Punta Gorda, I think he said the shops all hand out candy to the kids and it's a good time for the adults too.
Yeah, a lot of the kids don't trick or treat in North Port because there are so many vacant lots. Some of the deed restricted neighborhoods are better. Maybe try Lakeside Plantation because it is not a gated community. The Port Charlotte Town Center Mall has trick or treating and usually the City of North Port has an event at City Hall. The traditional type of trick or treating is scarce in my neighborhood in Port Charlotte too.
Mummies & Goblins Halloween Party – October 25th -10am to noon
Children and parents are invited to enjoy a day of costumes and candy at the George Mullen Center. This event will run until noon and will allow children ages zero through five and their parents to enjoy costume contests, make-and-take projects and treats. Children will be given a treat bag to color and decorate and will receive candy at each table where they complete a craft. Space is limited so pre-registration is required. Admission is $3 per child.
I used to live in the gardens of gulf cove. In west county. We had tons of kids come i usdd to have to make ansecond trip to get more candy. Parents would come buy with open trailers decorated for holloween a d i would out up alot of displays ghost and smoke ect. Now that i moved over off edgewater i dont see one kid.
Lakeside Plantation is THE North Port area to trick or treat. The police block off the streets before sundown so that there is no traffic. People come from all over, park along the main access road and walk into the neighborhood which is decorated, lit and full of families. Very wholesome, safe, and fun....and tons of candy for everyone. Your 7 year old will be thrilled.
Normally, you don't think that Punta Gorda is a younger town, but I went to a football game and there were 5-6000 kids there at the game. All were having a blast!! There was a big rain delay, and we and everyone else was soaked - no avoiding it!! All the kids ran around having fun laughing, and were all really great!!
There are a lot of kids and young families around. I was pleasantly surprised - I haven't seen that many people in one place in a while.
Most people trick or treat in the historic area of Punta Gorda - the houses all decorate really nicely, and that's where everyone goes.
Here is another one...
Trick or Treat at City Hall
Wednesday, October 31 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
North Port City Hall
4970 City Hall Boulevard, North Port
(941) 429-PARK (7275)
The City of North Port is hosting its 6th Annual Trick or Treat at City Hall. Children from infants to 13 years old are invited to come dressed in costume and trick or treat around City Hall. Employees will be passing out candy and treats. All children must be dressed in costume to receive treats and be accompanied by an adult. Parents are requested to bring in one canned good per family to help kick off the annual holiday food drive.
• Unity Church of Peace, 1250 Rutledge St. (just off Veterans Boulevard
and Torrington Street), on the North Port/Port Charlotte line: Fall
Festival, 6-10 p.m. Friday. A fundraiser for the church, it will include
a Chili Cook-Off (bring your favorite chili recipe and possibly win a
prize), a Halloween Costume Contest and music. Tickets, at $10 per
person, include chili, a side dish, a soft drink and the concert; a
pick-your-flavor ice cream bar with toppings also will be available for
just $1. The public is invited. www.unitychurchofpeace.com, or the Rev.
Susan Wyllie, 941-629-2077.
• Genesis Christian Church and Genesis Christian School, 19150 Helena
Ave. (off Midway Boulevard, just two blocks from Kiwanis Park), Port
Charlotte: Harvest Fest, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 20. Admission is a canned food
item. Food will be provided at a minimum cost. Not a Halloween event —
no costumes. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for an old-fashioned family
day. 941-627-4849 or 941-627-0248.
• Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, sponsor, at Muscle Car City Museum,
3811 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda: Trunk o’ Treats, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct.
26. Children can walk from one trunk to another as the car owners hand
out treats. Also includes a bounce slide, face painting, old cars on
display, and free food and beverages. Event is free and open to the
community. Attendees who are able are invited to bring a canned good
item to share with a local food pantry. Shutterbugs encouraged to bring
cameras. Support for event coming from Publix, Home Depot, Walmart,
Sweetbay, Walgreens, Burnt Store Grille, Burnt Store Mobil, Dollar
General, C-1 Bank, Trattoria Limoncello, Muscle Car City and the Veteran
Motor Car Club of America, Southwest Florida Region. 941-639-0001 or
• Faith Lutheran Church, 4005 Palm Drive, Punta Gorda: Trunk or Treat,
6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 26. The first 100 “Trunk-or-Treaters” will receive a
treat bag and a free ice cream from Mr. Melty’s Ice Cream Truck.
• Gulf Cove United Methodist Church, 1100 McCall Road (State Road 776),
Port Charlotte: Family Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 27. Includes
bounce houses, games, face painting and more. Come early for a pumpkin
patch photo-op before the pumpkins are sold. Youth will sell food and
drinks. Also, Trunk or Treat, 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Safe
trick-or-treating for children; food and drinks available at Youth
Fundraiser. 941-697-1747, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.gulfcoveumc.org .
• St. Charles Borromeo Knights of Columbus 5399, sponsor, at St. Charles
Borromeo Catholic Church Parish Hall, 21505 Augusta Ave., Port
Charlotte: Fall Harvest Fundraiser Dance, 6:30-9:30 p.m. or later Oct.
27. For adults; dress up or come as you are for Halloween fun. Drinks
and snacks will be available. Music will be provided by “Happy Feet.”
Tickets cost $12.50 at the door, or $10 in advance. Proceeds to benefit
various charities throughout Charlotte County. Neil Bergman,
941-629-8807; or Bob Allen, 941-626-1529.
• Community Life Center, 19048 Edgewater Drive, Port Charlotte: Fall
Festival, 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Features games, food, candy, rides, gift
card giveaways and more. All are welcome; everything is free. 941-629-0999.
Thanks so much for all of your replies. I advised her to check out Lakeside Plantation, sounds like a blast! My DH and I are planning to head to downtown PG to check out what everyone tells me is "crazy busy" on Halloween. We don't have kids of our own but we plan to take the pooches in costume.
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