DEKALB COUNTY — Instead of dealing with trick-or-treaters' freezing toes and runny noses, parents can take their ghouls and goblins to watch movies and play in an open gym at local park districts.
Sycamore Park District is holding "Trick-or-Treat at the Park District," for all ages from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Legacy Campus on 480 S. Airport Road.
The first 100 children through the park district doors receive a free full-size candy bar. The park district will also offer hot chocolate and coffee for all.
Theresa Tevsh, Sycamore Park District's superintendent of recreation, said children who want to stay inside can have fun with different tumbling activities — including an obstacle course — play basketball and have an "open gym experience."
"The tumbling mats will be out, there will be wedges and barrels and different apparatus," Tevsh said.
Once the rambunctious youngsters get cooped up from playing inside, they can put on their coats and chill out on the Northwestern Medicin Sled Hill, which will be available until 9 p.m.. For parents who don't feel like sledding, they can stand outside an enjoy the gas-powered fire pit nearby. There will also be lights on the sledding hill.
"We think the big draw will be the sled hill," she said. The hill will be open until 9 p.m. "They might come here after trick-or-treating and use it then."
In addition to the tumbling, basketball and sled hill, the park district will also be showing two movies: "Casper," and "Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit."
The DeKalb Park District is offering a trick-or-treat event at Haish Gym, 303 S. 9th St., DeKalb, for parents who want to come and drop-in for candy, said Greg Bruggeman.
"Come in, stop by, have some fun and stay out of the snow," Bruggeman said.
He said the park district will offer old standards such as Reese's and Hershey bars.
Costumes are not just welcomed, they're encouraged.
"To stay in the spirit of Halloween, we'd like everyone to dress up," Bruggeman said.
Bruggeman said the park district will offer open gym so people can play basketball and run around.
He said the park district planned on having something for the holiday, but the weather made it more of an event.
"With the weather, we decided to advertise it more," Bruggeman said. "We think we'll get some good response from it."