Harker Heights families celebrated Halloween and promoted breast cancer awareness Sunday at the second annual Trick or Treat for Hope at the Harker Heights E Center.
Children decked out in colorful costumes spent the afternoon munching on sweet treats, playing with a clown and bouncing in inflatable houses, while their parents supported the cause.
Trick or Treat for Hope was designed to promote breast cancer awareness and provide a safe space for children to receive candy, said Sydney Grant, event organizer and owner of First Gear Media Promotions, who along with the Boyz 2 Men Youth Program of Killeen hosted the trick-or-treat extravaganza.
“It’s a community event to bring businesses together,” Grant said.
Though free, the festival allowed visitors to provide monetary donations and purchase T-shirts. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Breast Cancer Research Center in Austin. Game Changer, a mobile video game theater, donated its gaming system to the event and the Harker Heights E Center donated the space.
Photographers with 4forty4 Photography and All American Portraits provided free family photos in front of a festive fall backdrop.
Activities included a cake walk, costume contest and dance contest. Many children wore their Halloween costumes and danced to music provided by the DJ.
Like many of the visitors, Niesha Depp and her family found out about the festivities through word of mouth from their friends.
“She loves the clown,” Depp said of her 1½-year-old daughter, who came decked out in a Mickey Mouse costume. Children lined up to have their faces painted and watch a clown perform tricks.
“It’s another alternative to going door-to-door,” Grant said.