Kick off Halloween early at Houghton’s Treat Street

HOUGHTON — Halloween kicks off a little early this year in Houghton with the annual Treat Street, taking place throughout the downtown area Friday night.

This is the sixth installment of the event and the turnout is expected to reach close to 2,000 trick-or-treaters.

Lieutenant Nick Roberts of the Houghton Police Department says it is one of the most popular events of the year.

“We close down Shelden Avenue for the event, just like the parade, so it will be a safe area for kids to trick-or-treat. All the businesses will have candy for the kids. The city of Houghton will be providing a haunted house for the kids to go through also,” he said.

The event is also assisting the canned food drives at Houghton and Hancock High Schools.  Roberts said it would be great for each person to bring one can with them to Treat Street.

“We’d look at hopefully close to 2,000 cans of food that we can provide the food pantries and that would be an excellent start to the winter because our pantries get very low this time of year, and we need to get them built back up. We want to help out as much as we can. We get a lot of people down here so we hope people bring canned foods down,” he said.

Tickets to the Sigmi Pi Haunted Houses next weekend will also be on sale.  The money raised will support the Pigs ‘n’ Heat Fund as well as DDIY, which helps people dealing with medical emergencies.