Killeen’s annual Halloween Carnival is today and offers a free and safe alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating. The event open is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Special Events Center, 3301 S. W.S. Young Drive.

Carnival activities include games, arts and crafts, McLane Children’s Happy House Maze and much more free festive fun. Kids should dress in costume and bring a bag for candy.

The city of Killeen recommends door-to-door trick-or-treating tonight between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m.

 Households that wish to distribute goodies should turn the front porch lights on to indicate they welcome trick-or-treaters, and trick-or-treaters should only approach houses that have porch lights on.

For a safe and happy Halloween, remember that costumes should not obstruct a child’s vision, hearing or movement and should be flame resistant. Also, parents are reminded to examine all candy.

The Texas Department of Public Safety warned motorists to not drink and drive and monitor speed in residential neighborhoods.

“Trick-or-treaters of various ages will be out for Halloween, and drivers should exercise additional caution, especially watching for children who may suddenly dart into the roadway,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “To help avoid a needless tragedy, slow down, avoid distractions, and don’t drink and drive. If your celebration involves alcohol, always designate a sober driver or choose alternate transportation.”

Also today, the Asylum Haunted House, 3300 Alamocitos Drive, is open from 8 to 11 p.m.

 Visitors can expect human interaction, props, animatronics, strobe lights and more at this haunted house. Tickets are $5 per person.

Harker Heights

Halloween Hoopla at Community Park, 1605 Knights Way, is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today. Games, inflatables, candy, activities, organizations, businesses and other forms of entertainment will be offered. For more information, call 254-953-5660.

Compiled by Jennise Colin Ventura and Brittany Sodic