REED CITY — For little children, Halloween can feature frightening, gory costumes that leave them having a less than enjoyable holiday.

However, the annual Halloween in the Park is a free, family-friendly trick-or-treating experience that leaves the ghouls and goblins at home. This year, the event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, in Reed City’s Westerburg Park. Families with children 10 years old and younger are welcome to attend.

Event organizer Kathy Yost said between 800 and 1,200 children from the surrounding area attend each year to enjoy an experience that is safe and free of the horrific side of Halloween. She and co-organizer Marie Thompson have been running the activity since it began.

During the event, about 20 stations will be set up for children to visit and receive treats. Costumes from storybooks, cartoons and will be worn by volunteers.

In addition to candy and costumes, members of the Reed City Police Department and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand for fingerprinting and other activities.