Lighting up the night for a safe Halloween. That was the Huber Community Life Center's mission Wednesday night.
Parents told WMAR 2 News that the crime climate in the city has made them scared to walk the streets with their kids, even on Halloween.
Clowns, superheroes, and princesses filled the Huber Community Life Center's parking lot, it served as a safe haven for the community to get into the Halloween spirit.
"I felt like children needed to be in a safe environment. we are up against evil and more corruption within the city itself," said church representative, Margaret Plummer.
Children of all ages went trunk to trunk instead of door-to-door to get their fill of candy.
"There's all kinds of things that can happen out there when you go from house to house when the streets are dark and you don't know who's out there," said parent, Roger Hughes.
Parents, many of whom wore costumes too, joined in on the fun, knowing that their little ghosts and goblins were safe.
"It's more of a family environment. It's safer. Everybody's watching over all of the kids versus everyone for themselves," said parent, Cynthia Hall-Yewitt.
With the recent uptick in city violence, a reprieve like this was welcome.
"Of course you worry about some of the negative things happening in the community with the violence. things happening with children wondering where you can go for Halloween," said parent, Rachel Hughes.
The church plans to hold this event again next year.