Trick-or-Treat Street canceled this year

Trick-or-Treat Street at Century II
Trick-or-Treat Street at Century II

Trick-or-Treat Street, the Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center event that has been an annual attraction since 1985, is taking a break.

The event won’t happen this year, said Monica Flynn, the theater’s executive director. But organizers are planning to bring it back on an even bigger scale next year.

“We’re not going away,” she said.

Typically, Trick-or-Treat Street happens the weekend before Halloween. This year, it would have been the weekend of Oct. 24-25, Flynn said.

But in late September, the theater put on a polo event that doubled as a fundraiser. Flynn said she felt like she couldn’t ask volunteers and sponsors to come forward with time and donations just a few weeks later.

And she didn’t want to schedule the event for the actual day of Halloween, which this year is on a Saturday.

“Our feeling is that everyone should be with their families on Halloween day,” she said.

The theater will bring the event back in 2016 and maybe make it part of a larger fall festival, Flynn said.

The first Trick-or-Treet Street was in 1985, Flynn said, and for years it was the only indoor-trick-or treating event in town. At its height, it was staged in Century II and would regularly draw crowds of more than 3,000 costumed kids and parents.

In 2009, organizers decided Century II rents were too high and moved the event back to its own building at 201 Lulu. Children would watch a Halloween-themed play then trick-or-treat at various booths set up in the theater. They would travel from room-to-room participating in games and doing crafts.

Now, there are so many trick-or-treating events put on by other organizations and churches that attendance has fallen off, Flynn said. In recent years, between 1,000 and 1,200 people have attended.

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