By Karen Hery

This will be the first year for an autumn pie bake-off and the second year for the Trinkets and Treats giveaway on Halloween in the Belmont Business District. Trick or treating families can get an early start again this Halloween during Trinkets and Treats, a special holiday event coordinated by the Belmont Business Association, with businesses up and down Belmont from 33rd to 47th sharing candy and alternatives to candy 4-7 pm.

ahallow-1The early start for trick or treating is an appreciated gift to families with young children and popular with older kids wanting to see how far and how long they can stretch out Halloween.

See a complete list of places to go and the special treats and trinkets shared at each neighborhood store at www.belmontdistrict.org.

Lots of places, like Movie Madness at Belmont and 43rd, will have a traditional collection of candy to give away. Families can come into NOUN at the corner of 33rd and Belmont for one-of-a-kind buttons. Other stores will have both candy and special non-candy items including Yarnia who will be giving away mini-knitting kits great for kids and adults.

Hawthorne Gardens Senior Living Center a bit off of Belmont at 2828 Taylor adds to the fun of this event by once again hosting a neighborhood haunted house and giving out candy.

A growing hot spot in the district, 60th and Stark, is too far away to easily participate in Trinkets and Treats so, led by Andrea Peruzzi, owner of Tabor View Health and Wellness, they have done the next best thing . . . planned an Autumn Open House and Pie Bake-Off the Saturday before on October 24 from 3-7 pm.

Each business will be baking Autumn-inspired pies. Neighbors are invited to sample pies and vote for the business with the yummiest pie. Prizes awarded to everyone who voted for the winning pie.

Each business will be hosting special offers and family friendly activities. Expect special shopping discounts, mini-health and wellness treatments, give-aways and free demos of products and services.

60th and Stark businesses include Something Blue Photography, Caldera Public House, Tabor View Health and Wellness, Stark Street Station, Genuine Movement, Bela Hair Studio, Sequel Apparel and Tabor Heights United Methodist Church.