North End centre offers 'safe Halloween' for 3rd year

Halloween trick-or-treating in Winnipeg's North End moved indoors for the third year in a row Wednesday night, with a friendship centre offering a "safe Halloween" event.

About 1,900 attend event at Indian and Métis Friendship Centre

A volunteer hands out candy to children at the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre's safe Halloween event late Wednesday afternoon. (Angela Johnston/CBC)

Halloween trick-or-treating in Winnipeg's North End moved indoors for the third year in a row Wednesday night, with a friendship centre offering a "safe Halloween" event.

The Indian and Métis Friendship Centre has been hosting a one-stop shop for trick-or-treating every Halloween since 2010, after the North End was rocked by three shootings that happened within a 35-minute span.

Two men were killed and a teenage girl was injured in the Oct. 23, 2010 shootings, which took place within blocks of each other.

The shootings made many parents in the area too frightened to let their children roam from door to door that Halloween.

More than 2,000 people came through the friendship centre's doors as volunteers handed out Halloween candy from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., according to organizers.