As an alternative to trick or treating, the Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department invites the community to celebrate Halloween during the eighth annual Halloween Hoopla Oct. 31 at Carl Levin Park.

Parents and children of all ages can enjoy Halloween fun, including games, candy, entertainment and bounce houses, at no cost from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Food and beverages will be sold at concession stands.

Nichole Broemer, events coordinator, said the Hoopla gives families the opportunity to enjoy other forms of entertainment on Halloween instead of just collecting candy.

“Rather than going door-to-door, they can attend the festival and may even have more luck getting candy,” she said. “It’s a tradition that parents can share with their kids.”

Guests will each receive a bag of candy sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Local businesses, churches and organizations will be on hand to distribute Halloween goodies and ERA Colonial Real Estate will provide a photo area.

“It’s a safe place for the kids to be off of the streets, where they can capture memories with their families,” Broemer said.

In the past, Halloween Hoopla has brought in more than 1,000 people from all over Central Texas.

Carl Levin Park is at 400 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights.

Go to or call 254-953-5465. In the event of inclement weather, call 254-953-5660.

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