Chicago woman known as 'Mother of Englewood' offers safe trick-or-treating option
CHICAGO - In some Chicago neighborhoods, kids are too afraid to trick-or-treat on their own blocks. But this year, for the third year in a row, the woman they call "the Mother of Englewood" is offering a solution.
"Making sure that out kids have a safe space in the community to be able to do what other kids do in their community," said Latanya Johnson.
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Nine years ago, Johnson used her own money to open an afterschool program for Englewood kids. Three years ago, she started a Halloween tradition.
"Adults even dressed up," she said. "It just felt good to be able to have the kids trick-or-treat in their own community."
The trick-or-treating will be held on Ashland from 59th to 63rd on Halloween from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Business owners, police officers and firefighters will be among those handing out candy.