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Want to get your Halloween candy without going door to door?

You’re in luck because there’s plenty of trunk-or-treat events happening across the Rockford region in the lead up to Halloween.

Here’s a guide to some of those events that have no cover charge. That’s right, free candy!

Hoo Haven in Durand

Where: Hoo Haven, 10823 Cleveland Road, Durand

When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6

About: You can collect candy and take a free, self-guided tour of Hoo Haven to see its various rescued animals.

Tinker Swiss Cottage in Rockford

Where: Tinker Swiss Cottage, 411 Kent St., Rockford

When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9

About: Tinker Swiss Cottage will host its fifth annual event, which features farmers market vendors and a free tour of the first floor of the cottage, 411 Kent St

Related: Here are 12 things to do in the Rockford area this weekend

Trunk or Treat at Crimson Ridge

Where: Crimson Ridge, 735 N. Perryville Road, Rockford

When: noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9

About: Screw City Jeeps will hand out Halloween treats from decorated Jeeps. A Mother’s Loves will also hand out free costumes to those in need, and there is a pumpkin walk competition to win a pumpkin.

Related: Crimson Ridge to close retail space, flower shop will remain open

Roscoe Methodist Church

Where: Roscoe Methodist Church, 10816 Main St., Roscoe

When: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16

About: Trunk or treating will be held in the parking lot of the church. You can also bring wet or dry pet food to support Kibble Korner Pet Food Pantry.

Pumpkins with Police

Where: District 2 Police Station, 1410 Broadway, Rockford

When: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21

About: There will be pumpkin carving, various fall snacks and cookies at this event hosted by the Rockford Police Department.

Kegel Harley-Davidson

Where: Kegel Harley-Davidson, 7125 Harrison Ave., Rockford

When: Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 12 pm – 2 pm

About: Trunk or treat from motorcycle saddlebags and interact with scary characters from the Karnival of Karnage haunted house in Belvidere. There will be donuts and cider from Valley Orchard, a 35-acre family-owned orchard in Cherry Valley.

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Twisted Crypt

Where: 5420 E. State St., Rockford

When: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

About: Twisted Crypt, an award-winning haunted house, is hosting its first trunk or treat event. The 10,000-square-foot indoor space is filled with elaborate haunted sets and creepy costumed characters.

Related: ‘Indoor chaos’: Twisted Crypt haunted house delivers scares in Rockford

Tamale Fest grounds

MASA and Abogado Christian Solares present a trunk-or-treat event funded in part by Rockford’s Forward for Fun grants.

Where: Old Magna parking lot, 3923 E. State St., Rockford (next to Don Carter Lanes)

When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

About: Mexico Americanos Saliendo Adelante, the group that brings you events such as Tamale Fest, will host this trunk-or-treat event. Candy will be handed out from decorated cars and vehicles. The event is partially funded through the city’s Forward for Fun initiative.

Related: Who has the best tamales in town? Here’s who won the annual Tamale Fest competition

Tealoween at Loves Park VFW

Where: VFW Post 9759, 2018 Windsor Road, Loves Park

When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

About: This is event features candy alternatives and is a good option for children with allergies and food sensitives.

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The Superhero Center for Autism

Where: Superhero Center for Autism, 4205 Galleria Drive, Loves Park

When: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

About: The nonprofit will host a sensory friendly trunk or treat. Participants should bring their own bags and buckets for candy.

Related: Superhero Center for Autism in Loves Park names new president

Track or Treat at Stateline Family YMCA

Where: Stateline Family YMCA, 501 Third St., Beloit, Wisconsin

When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23

About: Kids ages 12 and under collect candy along the YMCA track. There is also crafts, music, pumpkin painting and more activities.

You can sign up HERE.

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Downtown Belvidere

Where: Downtown Belvidere businesses

When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26

About: Businesses in downtown Belvidere will set up on the sidewalk to hand out Halloween treats. The first 500 kids to stop by the tent in front of the Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce office at 404 S. State St. will get a goodie bag.

Trunk or treat with Rockford police

Rockford police will host a Halloween trunk or treat event on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. (Image provided by Rockford Police Department)

Where: 501 Seventh St., Rockford

When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27

About: Costumed cops and decorated trucks highlight this free event for all ages.

Drive-thru at Beloit Area Community Health Center

Where: 3 Eclipse Center, Beloit, Wisconsin

When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27

About: Drive through more than 50 stop to collect candy.

Goodwill on McFarland Road

Goodwill’s new flagship store at 3068 McFarland Road will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, June 2, 2022. (Photo by Kevin Haas/Rock River Current)

Where: Goodwill, 3068 McFarland Road, Rockford

When: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28

About: Dress up in costume and trick or treat around the store. Find hidden pumpkins to get Goodwill gift cards. Watch a Halloween magic show featuring TNZ Magic at 6:30 pm.

Parade and Party at Horace White Park

Where: Horace White Park, College and Grand Avenue, Beloit, Wisconsin

When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

About: The parade assembles at Horace White Park and steps off at 10 a.m. on Oct. 29. You can also trick or treat with various Beloit businesses and farmers’ market vendors.

Machesney Park Town Center 

Where: Machesney Park Town Center, 8750 N. Second St., Machesney Park (the former Machesney Park Mall)

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

About: This touch-a-truck Halloween event features firetrucks, construction vehicles, ambulances and other emergency vehicles and more.

CQ+ Manufacturing

Where: CQ+ Manufacturing, 8155 Burden Road, Machesney Park

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

About: This trunk or treat event fills the parking lot at CQ+ Manufacturing Group.

Wicked Elite Boo Bash

Where: Wicked Elite Cheer, 5512 Elevator Road, Roscoe

When: Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 6 pm – 8 pm

About: Wicked Elite Cheery and tumble hosts its annual Boo! Bash with various games and food available for purchase.

Grace Lutheran Church

Where: 343 Grand Ave., Loves Park

When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30

About: Grace Lutheran Church will host a zoo-themed trunk-or-treat event featuring music, various photo opportunities and a safe space to trick or treat.

Doc’s Diner in Loves Park

Where: 6499 N. Second St., Loves Park

When: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30

About: The Gentlemen Car Club in Loves Park will be on hand with its vehicles for this trunk-or-treat event in the Doc’s Diner parking lot.

Beloit Vintage Mall

Where: Beloit Vintage Mall, 1019 Gardner St., South Beloit

When: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31

About: Beloit Vintage mall will host a trunk or treat and various lawn games and other activities for the whole family. There’s more trick or treating available inside the store.

This list is compiled from various sources including the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Beloit, and agencies hosting the events.

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