Parental concerns over things like traffic safety and taking candy from unknown origins has resulted in trick-or-treating evolving over the years to include more family-friendly alternatives to the traditional neighborhood doorbell ringing.

Events touting "safe" trick or treating hosted by churches, organizations and shopping centers have become more and more popular in El Paso over the years.

Below are numerous celebrations and gatherings that will be taking place on Thursday, Oct. 31, where parents can take their kids to get candy and partake in more merry than scary festivities and activities in one place.

City of El Paso Halloween Carnivals – Parks and Recreation will host Halloween festivities at most recreation centers that include family costume contests, jumping balloons and more. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. FREE. More Details

Trick-or-Treat Off the Street at Bassett Place – Indoor candy gathering for all costumed trick-or-treaters. 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (or until the candy runs out) at Bassett Place, 6101 Gateway Blvd West. FREE. More Details

Halloween Candy and Movie Night at the Outlet Shoppes - Children are invited to trick-or-treat at participating stores and inside the food court. Free showing of "Coco" inside the food court. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. More Details

Halloween Trick or Treat - Safe trick or treating inside Cielo Vista Mall. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. More Details

Halloween Boo Bash at The Canyons at Cimarron - trick-or-treating, kids activities and festivities, and more. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Canyons at Cimarron in west El Paso. More Details

St. Luke Catholic Church Trick O' Treat Festival - Games, food, candy, hayrides. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church, 930 E Redd Rd. More Details

El Paso Community College Fall Festival - Inflatables, food, games, and a costume contest. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the EPCC Valle Verde campus, Americana Village, 919 Hunter. More Details

Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins in the Garden - Hosted by Keystone Heritage Park. Stroll through the El Paso Botanical Garden in your costume. Walk through the maze and find the treats. 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. More Details

Candy Carnivaland 2019 - Trunk-or-treat, games, magic show and more. Hosted by KidLife. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1580 Joe Battle Blvd in the Dome. More Details