There are a number of trick-or-treating events going on in our area on this Halloween that are more than going door to door.

You can get an early start in downtown Vinton.

More than 40 businesses will hand out candy between 2:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. this afternoon to kids who are 12-years-old and younger.

Costumes are optional, but preferred.

Two area malls are also getting in on the act.

Your kids can trick-or-treat at Valley View Mall in Roanoke from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. tonight and at River Ridge Mall in Lynchburg from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Both malls require kids to be in costume, and they need to be under the age of 13.