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Halloween Saturday in Lansing

Bethel Church, Fox Pointe, and the Legion Riders all offer plenty of candy and fun for trick-or-treaters

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (October 29, 2022) – Sunshine, warm temps, and windless skies made Halloween Saturday a perfect day for early trick-or-treating, and Lansing offered plenty of options. Bethel Church (3500 Glenwood-Lansing Road) offered trunk-or-treating in their north parking lot from 2–4 p.m. Community organizations and local businesses set up tables for trick-or-treaters at Fox Pointe (18138 Henry Street) from 2–4 p.m. And the Legion Riders hosted their first motorcycle trunk-or-treat event at the American Legion (18255 Grant Street).

Bethel Church Trunk-or-Treat

Eighteen Bethel Church members decorated their car trunks, loaded buckets with candy, and lined the north parking lot to welcome trick-or-treaters on Halloween Saturday afternoon.

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These White Sox fans incorporated the family dachshunds into their tailgating-themed trunk. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Halloween Saturday
The Trepton family followed a Toy Story theme. (Click the photo to also see the Treptons’ 2020 Journal Journeys entry.) (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
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Connie Bartlett’s theme was the classic poem, “There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly.” Bartlett said she is already an old lady, so it wasn’t hard to dress for the part. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Robert DeVries, pictured here, took a break from trunk-or-treating to submit a Lansing Journal Journeys photo. Not only was he clever enough to use the digital version of The Lansing Journal, he also captured the Trunk-or-Treat ad Bethel Church ran in Saturday’s Daily News. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
The theme of this trunk? Canada. Why? Because Josiah Lutjeboer (pictured) is Canadian. His daughter Leah drew the picture to help decorate the trunk. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Fox Pointe Trick-or-Treating

Halloween Saturday was in full swing at Fox Pointe, where approximately 25 community organizations set up tables to hand out candy to hundreds of trick-or-treaters.

The Navarrete family came dressed as the Incredibles, with two of them showing off their fence-climbing superpowers. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
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The May family paused for a photos on their way into Fox Pointe. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
The Fox Pointe entrance is as good a place as any to sample some newly-acquired candy. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Heather Grant transformed into Gruncle Stan on Halloween Saturday afternoon, from the TV show “Gravity Falls.” (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
The Hill family dressed in a variety of costumes including superheroes, Transformers, astronauts, and firemen. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Candy-collectors stop at the Human Relation Commission’s table. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
This scarecrow, created by Jack Hajduch, suffered a gruesome snowboarding injury. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
A space ranger buzzes his way past the scarecrow display at Fox Pointe. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
This little hot dog was ready to collect some candy at Fox Pointe on Halloween Saturday. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
Mario and his family make their way to the end of the line right as Fox Pointe opened for trick-or-treating. The line stretched a block down down Henry Street for the first hour after the venue opened at 2 p.m. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Legion Riders Trunk-or-Treat

“Our busiest time was between 4:00 and 4:30, as people were leaving Fox Pointe” said Legion Rider Patty Grigutis, who helped organize the Riders’ Trunk-or-Treat. The American Legion is directly south of Fox Pointe, across Ridge Road.

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Legion Rider Patty Grigutis (right) helped organize and promote the group’s first trunk-or-treat event. “Now that we have some experience,” she said, “next year will be epic!” (Photo provided)
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Steve Skirmont tricked out his bike in skulls and spiderwebs for Halloween Saturday trunk-or-treating. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Halloween Saturday
Tina Uran-Blejski (left) and Tony Blejski stand by their decorated bike on Halloween Saturday in anticipation of trunk-or-treaters. (Photo provided)
Halloween Saturday
Debbie (left) and Greg Altgilbers hand out candy to trunk-or-treaters. (Photo provided)

“The kids were ALL polite and dressed so cute,” said Grigutis.

Lansing’s official trick-or-treating hours are 4–7 p.m. on Monday, October 31. Currently the forecast calls for showers in the morning and cloudiness during the hours of trick-or-treating.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.