Genoa Township will hold its annual Halloween open house in the afternoon this year.

Genoa Township will hold its annual Halloween open house in the afternoon this year.

This is a departure from previous years, when the event took place in the evening. This year's open house will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the township safety services complex, 7049 Big Walnut Road, Galena.

"Because trick-or-treat falls on a Saturday this year, the township decided to try an afternoon open house," trustee Gerry Cotter said in a statement. "This will give more of our residents a chance to attend the event in the afternoon by placing it at a separate time from the evening trick-or-treat hours."

The open house will feature an indoor trick-or-treat village, games, face painting, K9 demonstrations and a safety trailer.

The safety trailer is used to give residents information on how to safely handle emergency situations, said Lynn Hancock, deputy chief of the Genoa fire department.

"It's a trailer that is set up as an educational trailer to teach children and adults fire safety," he said.

Firefighters use the trailer to teach safety tips, including how to crawl low in smoke, having and using smoke detectors at home and more.

"We get the families in, talk to them and produce theater smoke and teach them how to crawl under it," Hancock said.

The event will feature free food provided by Kroger, Meijer, United Dairy Farmers, Homemade Ice Cream, Giant Eagle, Cheryl's Cookies, Freeman's Farm Market and Medallion Country Club.

Trick-or-treat will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the township. Police Chief Robert Taylor said police officers will patrol the area during that time. The officers will have candy in their cruisers for children.

Firefighters "will also have the opportunity to visit our neighborhoods and hand out candy," trustee Barbara Lewis said in a statement.

Assistant administrator Joe Clase said the goal of having police and firefighters meet the children is "trust, awareness, exposure, education all those things.

"(The kids) are more likely to get familiar with what the services are there for," he said.

Event coordinator Linda Greco said the open house is a great thing for township residents.

"It gives the residents a chance to get together with our safety services, our trustees and all of us who work here for the township," she said.

"There's really something for everyone there."

For more information on the open house, visit genoatwp.com.