‘Field of Screams’ offers safer alternative to trick-or-treating

Free event held at Copeland Park from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 24

Halloween is coming early for some little ghouls and goblins in La Crosse.

The La Crosse Park and Rec is once again putting on the ‘Field of Screams’ Friday night.

The free family-focused event at the Copeland Park Shelter started seven years ago as a safe trick-or-treating alternative.

It has grown, and features games, food, performances, and, of course, candy.

“I think everyone’s favorite part is kind of the trick or treating aspect of it. Kids get a ton of candy coming here, they just go from Halloween game to Halloween game, we have businesses set up booths here, they give them candy as well,” said Special Events Coordinator Shelley Wall.

Field of Screams kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday and runs until 8 p.m. at Copeland Park.

The event is also a coat drive to support the Salvation Army. Guests are encouraged to bring a new or gently used coat.