Detroit — LaQuanda Davis was inspired by “The Wizard of Oz” when she found a secondhand scarecrow costume for her 2-year-old son’s first Halloween, a Dorothy costume for herself and a Tin Man getup for her husband.
But instead of going out on Halloween night, Ian Davis went trick-or-treating at Treats in the Streets, an event held annually at the Detroit Historical Museum.
“This is an all-around positive event,” said Davis, who won’t take her son out trick-or-treating in their neighborhood because of abandoned buildings and broken streetlights.
“You get to meet people here. It’s safe. The kids get some candy and have fun.”
Now in its 11th year, Treats in the Streets attracted more than 800 kids in costumes who went trick-or-treating on the museum’s cobblestone streets of Old Detroit. Kids also made crafts, saw a magician and ate cider and donuts.
Though 4-year-old Julia Maconochie put on her pumpkin costume and came to the event with her grandmother, she said she still plans to go out on Halloween night.
“For more candy!” said Julia, a Ferndale resident.
Asia Poole, 9, came with her family, dressed as a 1980s Valley Girl.
“I really wanted to trick-or-treat,” said Poole of Detroit. “I couldn’t wait. I love Halloween.”