Trick-or-Treating In & Around Jacksonville

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Ahhh. We can just picture it now. Our adorable little humans dressed up in their finest costumes, running around gathering all the candy that they can possibly imagine while uttering that tale as old as time phrase: “Trick or Treat!” But, wait! This is Northeast Florida after all, and some things might be a little different in our neck of the woods for trick or treating in Jacksonville.

For starters, the weather (Temps will average somewhere in the low 80s!) here does and will always dictate the type of costumes we choose. There, I said it. You’re not getting these Floridian mamas to cave on any requests for full-body type get-ups whatsoever! However, one thing we do support is a timeless and creative family costume. Whatever you choose, just be sure to have those costumes ready for your trick-or-treating outing as soon as the sun sets on Halloween day, as that’s when the party starts here in Jacksonville.

Halloween Treats

Planning on handing out treats instead of walking the neighborhood? Please consider having a non-edible treat option for those little darlings who are 1 in 13 children who live with a food allergy. All you have to do is display a teal pumpkin on your front porch that tells all food allergy heroes that you have a safe option available to make all of their trick-or-treating dreams come true. It will truly make their night!

Trick (and Trunk) or Treating

Traditional neighborhood trick-or-treating have you a little worried? Maybe your candy grabbing accomplices have legs too little to make it past the first few houses. Enter the ever-popular trend of Trunk-or-Treating. Basically, a group of parents gathers together (usually in a school or church parking lot), decorate their trunks with all things Halloween and then kids are encouraged to wander from trunk to trunk collecting their treats! Easy peasy. Bonus points when you don’t have to worry about your kiddos sputtering out after only a few stops.

After all that hustle, most times we end up with way more sugary treats than we parents want (or need) lingering around the house. Great news! There are actually businesses that will take that overhaul of sweets off of your hands and put it towards an awesome cause. During this great candy buyback, kids will receive anywhere from gifts, to discounts to cash back for their goods. It’s a win-win!

Just a few reminders for enjoying this holiday safely:

  1. Be mindful when choosing costumes in regards to color. Lighter is better for visibility. No matter the color of the costume, please be sure to have your little one wear some type of light on their body, like a flashlight or glow stick jewelry.
  2. Always trick-or-treat in groups! It’s easier to be seen by drivers and also safer when visiting unknown areas.
  3. Only visit homes with a light on. Darkened windows = no visitors allowed!
  4. Inspect all candy before consuming. This is easiest to do when you are home and under sufficient lighting. Pro tip: bring a small stash of snacks or treats in your own bag for when your little monsters are begging for something to eat. That way you know that it’s safe because it came from your home.
  5. Last, but certainly not least, HAVE FUN! As we all know, these years are fleeting and there are only so many we get to enjoy together before these tiny humans are the same size as us and no longer want to hang with us on All Hallows Eve.
Oct
12
Trick or Treating at the Spooky Halloween Bash | World Golf Hall of Fame
10:00 am
Trick or treating for the kids! Come dressed up in your favorite costume! Jacksonville Business Connections invites you to the Spooky Halloween Bash at the Hall of Fame at the World Golf Village with ...
Oct
19
Farm of Fantasy Days | Celestial Farms
10:00 am
Trick or Treat to each of the animal habitats decorated in a Fairy Tale Fantasy world. Games, prizes, treats, photo opportunities, tractor rides, and bounce house will be available. Organizational ven...
Oct
19
Fall Festival and Costume Party | Beaches Town Center
10:00 am
This is a free family event for children of all ages, to be held on First Street between Lemon Street and Orange Street. Make-your-own-crafts, games, and refreshments provided. The Fletcher High Schoo...
Oct
19
Halloween Doors & More | Jacksonville Fairgrounds
2:00 pm
Beginning in 2005, this annual event raises funds for Community PedsCare, Community Hospice & Palliative Care’s pediatric program, while delivering a memorable experience for First Coast fam...
Oct
19
Trunk or Treat | Freedom Crossing Academy
4:00 pm
Join us for a Trunk or Treat for the whole family!
Oct
20
Spooktacular – Family | Jacksonville Symphony
3:00 pm
Spooktacular is back and spookier than ever! Join us for a Halloween concert that’s fun for the whole family. Come dressed in your Halloween costume for a costume contest, trick-or-treating, spooky ...
Oct
20
Spooktacular Family | Jacksonville Symphony
3:00 pm
Spooktacular is back and spookier than ever! Join us for a Halloween concert that’s fun for the whole family. Come dressed in your Halloween costume for a costume contest, trick-or-treating, spooky ...
Oct
26
Trunk or Treat Fall Festival | Adamec Harley Davidson (Baymeadows)
11:00 am
Bring the kids out for a free family day full of activities Trunk or treat (bring a bag for candy) games, crafts, food, and a princess & superhero costume contest. hosted by Jacksonville Chapter (...
Oct
26
Trunk or Treat Fall Festival | Green Cove Springs Church of Christ
2:00 pm
Green Cove Springs Church of Christ is hosting this free, community wide event. Come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume to play games, have your face painted, eat popcorn ,go in the bouncy hou...
Oct
26
Healthy Halloween Jax | Johansen Park
4:00 pm
Trick or Treating without all the junk food! Healthy treats free of artificial coloring and GMO’s. Fun games, crafts and face painting. FREE to the community thanks to our generous sponsors.
Oct
26
St. George’s Trunk or Treat | St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church
4:00 pm
Join us for the 4th annual St. George Church Trunk or Treat Hosted by the Young Adult Fellowship Trunk or Treat is a fun & safe environment for families to Trick or Treat together on the Saturday ...
Oct
26
Trunk or Treat | Woodlawn Presbyterian Church
5:00 pm
Welcome! We would like to meet our surroundings neighbors! This is a family event! All may dress in friendly costumes and share in these children focus activities. There will be food, games, snacks an...
Oct
27
Trunk or Treat and Chili Cook-Off | Christ United Methodist Church Neptune Beach
4:00 pm
The Annual Trunk or Treat and Chili Cook-off is coming up Sunday October 27 at Christ UMC 400 Penman Rd., Neptune Beach. This family favorite gives the kids a safe environment to Trick or Treat on Chu...
Oct
31
Halloween in Hemming | Hemming Park
11:00 am
Visit Hemming Park during Downtown Vision, Inc.‘s “Trick or Treat on the Street” and enjoy food trucks, music, halloween treats and more! email [email protected] for more inf...
Oct
31
Trunk or Treat | The Goddard School – Jacksonville
3:30 pm
We hope you can join us for our annual Trunk or Treat at the Goddard School Jax! If you would like to decorate your vehicle trunk or help walk your child’s class around the parking lot, let the ...
Oct
31
Moosehaven’s Halloween & Haunted House | Moosehaven
5:30 pm
Every October ghosts and ghouls arrive at Moosehaven for The Heart of the Community Annual Halloween Trick or Treat and Haunted House! Providing a safe, family friendly environment, this event has bec...
Oct
31
TRUNK n TREAT 2k19 | Northbound Church of Christ
6:00 pm
Free Food – Family Fun – Bounce Houses – Best Costume Contest – Best Trunk Contest – AND MORE!
Oct
31
5th Annual Halloween Glow Off Trunk or Treat | Rollin Sound of Lem Turner
7:00 pm
Let’s light up the night and pass out some candy to the little ones for Halloween!!! If you have lights on your ride come out and join us for some halloween fun!!! Please decorate your rides and...

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Chantel Beidleman
Born and raised in the Aloha state and a traveling gypsy at heart, Chantel left the nest fresh out of high school and headed off for college in sunny Southern California. Almost a decade later she met and fell madly in love with her hubby who whisked her off to the great Midwest. After five brutal winters in Nebraska, Chantel realized that home will always be where the ocean is (and the snow isn’t), so off to Jacksonville they went, where this Hawaiian girl now spends her days as a stay-at-home wrangler to her two baby bears. Prior to becoming a household CEO, she joyfully spent her time as the Program Assistant Director of a preschool. Painting while enjoying a nice glass of wine is her jam and spontaneous dance parties with her kiddos are what sing to her soul. Chantel is wildly passionate about advocating for her son, who lives with multiple severe food allergies, which has led her family to become (mostly) vegan. You can find her out and about on a daily basis as she is a self-proclaimed busy body and loves hitting up the beach or exploring new spots in town. If you ever see this fast-paced mama on the go, be sure to say hi because she is always up for meeting new people and making new friends!

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