The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield will host the annual trunk-or-treat at New St. Hurricane Baptist Church, 3319 S. Ohio St., from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.


Blue Cross and Blue Shield, 509 Mallard Loop, will accept candy donations through Wednesday, Oct. 30. The office hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.


All donations will be given to children participating in the trunk-or-treat event, according to a news release.


Trunk-or-Treat has emerged as an alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating. Instead of walking from house to house, children trick or treat at decorated cars on parking lots, according to the release.


The sheriff’s office also released safety tips for Halloween trick or treating:


Go in groups — Plan a group outing for Halloween. “It’s always safer when you have more people to look out for cars and keep an eye on little ones,” according to the release.


Go out before dark — “Take the kids before it gets dark, and then have a gathering at someone’s house if you don’t want the fun to end. A family-friendly Halloween party is the perfect way to end the night on a safe note,” according to the release.


Be attentive — “It’s easy to assume drivers will be paying attention and looking out for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. But it’s best to be extra cautious and attentive while you’re out with the kids,” according to the release.


Avoid obstructions to vision — Try to avoid bulky masks that may obstruct one’s vision.