By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

A Pasadena father has developed an innovative way for children to
safely experience Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic, and even extend the spooky celebration throughout the month of October. 

Inspired by his 8-year-old-son, Miles, Rob Mitchell has launched Halloweenville at mytrickortreat.com, an online destination where children can decorate their own page, complete activities and play games while safely accumulating candy from family and friends.

“It started toward the end of July,” Mitchell said. “We have him home every day and we’re trying to figure out how to entertain him. I thought it would be fun to involve his family and friends online.

“Once I saw the domain was available, I figured out how to make it work.”

In Halloweenville, children can reveal their costumes, create their own avatar, play games such as Moto X3M Spooky Land, build their own scary Halloweenville and watch their personal trick-or-treat bag fill with candy. Family and friends are invited to purchase candy for virtual trick-or-treat bags using a private code, with snack-size candy available in six different bundles. When their bag is full, parents can have it delivered to their home.

“Halloweenville is a safe space to celebrate Halloween during these unprecedented times,” said Mitchell, a part-time artist who sells health insurance for Cigna. “Parents want a safe alternative to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating, and this not only provides that but offers additional Halloween-focused activities to help children celebrate the holiday for a longer period of time. Miles is already excited to watch his virtual trick-or-treat bag fill up with candy and read messages from friends and family.”

Kids can sign up for free and then parents send a link to family and friends. Once they hit 150 candies, it’s free shipping. Those who don’t quite hit 150 must pay $7 for shipping and handling.

My Treat Bag LLC helps parents and children safely celebrate all occasions, including birthdays, milestones and other holidays. Through the process of creating Halloweenville, it quickly became apparent to him that this format serves a purpose beyond one holiday.

“Parents and children are looking for new forms of positive interaction and entertainment with their close friends and family,” Mitchell said. “With or without COVID-19, many of us live busy lives or are separated by distance. My Treat Bag LLC will offer an effective way to stay connected through all of life’s occasions and celebrate each other.”

Parents can register their children for Halloweenville at mytrickortreat.com. Once registered, children can begin creating their avatars and building their own Halloweenville using backgrounds, characters and props.