Trick-or-Treaters swarm the Goodwill parking lot last year for an alternative Halloween event. Goodwill will host the event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the same site.

A scary costume and frightening tricks are all part of the Halloween celebration experience. Having your children crossing streets filled with traffic in the dark of the night is scary and frightening for parents.

Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center and Goodwill are hosting a safer alternative for trick-or-treating this year. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center will host a Trick-or-Treat for children ages 12 and younger. All the youth have to do is bring their treat bags to fill with goodies offered.

Goodwill will host its Trunk-or-Treat event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Goodwill parking lot at 306 W. Atlantic St. Several community partners, including the Emporia Police Department are expected to be on hand to distribute treats for the children on Halloween event at Goodwill.

If parents alerting for an alternative to the traditional door to door trick-or treating, they have the opportunity to hit two events in four days in Emporia next week.