Children look forward to it all year long. It is one of the few times of year they are allowed to indulge in excessive amounts of sweets and treats and dress up like their favorite characters and personalities. The air is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter. It's Halloween time!

One thing to keep in mind when taking your little ones trick-or-treating on Halloween is safety. Here are a few of the safest and most popular places to trick-or-treat in Orange County:

Anaheim Town Square

Anaheim Town Square is a great option for little ones hoping to get in some early trick-or-treating before going to their own neighborhoods in the evening. On October 31 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Anaheim Town Square will feature face painting, pumpkin decorating, costume contest and trick-or-treating. The stores participating in the event will have pumpkin decals and balloons in their windows." Anaheim Town Square is located in Anaheim on Lincoln and State College Boulevard off the 57 freeway.

Downtown Huntington Beach

Downtown Huntington Beach, in the neighborhoods surrounding Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, is one of the most popular places in Orange County to go trick-or-treating. Early in the evening, the shops on Main Street distribute candy. Then, as it gets dark, families sit on their porches and hand out candy to kids in costumes. Many people convert their homes into haunted houses, making the trick-or-treating experience extra fun. This neighborhood is very popular during Halloween, so arrive early to make sure you find a good parking spot. This neighborhood is also very kid friendly, but be aware of cars passing by and stay on the sidewalks.

Old Towne Orange

Old Towne Orange is another unique place to go trick-or-treating in Orange County. Come nightfall, the 500 block of Palmyra Ave (and the surrounding neighborhood) is inundated with hundreds of trick-or-treaters. There is a scary haunted house that people have been known to wait up to thirty minutes to walk through. Houses are built quite close together and the sidewalk is flat and walkable, making it easy for trick-or-treaters to get from house to house. In fact, the neighborhood is so popular that trick-or-treating has been known to last for three or four hours! Don't worry, people here stock up on candy. Arrive just before dark and let the fun begin!

Whether you want to come to the beach for trick-or-treating, go early and hit up a mall, or explore a new neighborhood, Halloween will be fun as long as you stay safe. By trick-or-treating in groups, staying in well-lit neighborhoods you will definitely have a unique and sweet trick-or-treating experience!

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