I know that October has only just begun, but it's never too early to start prepping for Halloween! Especially if you've got little ones, having a game plan for trick or treating will DEFINITELY make life a bit easier.

Since there are tons of different trick or treating options in the Lansing/East Lansing area, I thought I'd help you out by doing the legwork myself. Here are five different trick or treat options that can help fulfill your candy quota this year!

*Keep in mind that most neighborhoods do door-to-door trick or treating from 6 - 8 p.m. on Halloween night*

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    7th Annual Trick or Treat on the Square

    This is a free event that takes place the Monday before Halloween, which is the 26th this year, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. During that time, Downtown Washington Square becomes a spooky and safe place for the kids to trick or treat. Along with collecting candy, can enjoy other refreshments and lots of fun activities... face painting, hay rides, and more! To get more info about this event, click HERE!

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    Halloween at Eastwood Towne Center

    This is another trick or treating opportunity that doesn't take place on actual Halloween. Festivities take place Tuesday, October 27 from 4-6 p.m. Kids will be able to trick or treat at the different stores and restaurants in Eastwood  while also enjoying music and other activities. Oh, and did I mention that this event is also FREE. Get more details HERE.

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    Boo at the Zoo

    This yearly event is a great option because you have four different days that you can go! Boo at the Zoo takes place noon until 5 p.m. on the 17th, 18th, 24th, and 25th of this month (Saturdays and Sundays). Everyone is encouraged to wear their spookiest, scariest, or prettiest costumes and enjoy candy stations, a straw maze, and lots of other activities! This event does cost some money to get in, but the price varies (from free to $10) depending on the type of ticket you buy. You can purchase tickets and get more info on all the different activities HERE!

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    Great Pumpkin Walk

    This FREE event could pay off BIG when it comes to collecting candy, lol. The  Great Pumpkin Walk takes place Thursday, October 29th from 5 to 7 p.m. Kids come clad in their costumes and can collect candy from over 50 businesses in Downtown East Lansing. And while you're in East Lansing, there's another spot to go through for trick or treating adventures...

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    Safe Halloween on M.A.C. Avenue

    ...While you're in East Lansing at the Pumpkin Walk on October 29th, make sure you head over to M.A.C. Avenue. Every year, the MSU Greek community hosts the Safe Halloween on M.A.C. From 5:30 to 7:30 you'll walk up and down M.A.C. between Burcham and Elizabeth, and kids can collect candy, play fun games, and interact with students from the different Greek houses.