SOUTH SHORE — Not everyone’s too scared to go out trick-or-treating on the South Side, but the issue’s still up for debate in South Shore.
South Shore often is overlooked by parents seeking a destination for trick-or-treating, but there are several good spots to score candy and a big event at the South Shore Cultural Center where kids can load up.
South Shore’s reputation for being unsafe at night among those who don’t live in the neighborhood keeps many kids away and now is keeping residents home at night more often.
Many families are now too scared to go out treat-or-treating in their own neighborhood, according to Yvette Moyo, publisher of the South Shore Current.
“There’s nowhere really,” Moyo said. Kids are “kept in the house by their mothers and grandmothers who read the news and think there’s a gun on every block.”
Despite that depiction in the news, kids do still go out trick-or-treating in the neighborhood.
Tonya Trice, executive director of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, said kids still hit up the rows of single-family homes looking for treats in the Jackson Park Highlands on the northeastern corner of the neighborhoods and the Bryn Mawr sections of South Shore.
Police reported few issues last year in Bryn Mawr east and west, which straddle either side of Jeffery Boulevard from 71st Street to 75th Street.
There was a report of an aggravated battery at 7:30 p.m. on Halloween last year in the 7300 block of South Jeffery Boulevard, according to police, but that was the only incident that happened when kids were likely to be out. Police also reported another battery later on at 8:30 p.m. on Halloween last year in the 1800 block of East 72nd Street.
For those spooked by such reports, there will be a Halloween event with candy and games from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. Shore Drive.