It might be against the premise of Halloween, but Ketchikan makes it less scary.

The annual local festival has its ghosts, gobblins, witches and werewolf.

But it also has Jackson Street homeowners, Rotary 2000, First Bank, Madison Lumber and Hardware, Point Higgins Elementary School, Ketchikan Wellness Coalition, Women in Safe Homes, The Plaza Mall, Ketchikan Police Department, and Ketchikan High School’s Class of 2022 — all with a soft spot for the Ketchikan youth and their safety.

And they aren’t alone.

The community works together to present to trick-or-treaters an opportunity to mark Halloween in a spirit of fun, and the costumed take advantage of it.

Organized events attract those who like to dress up, play games, win prizes and collect as many treats as a bag will hold.

The events keep them in largely supervised and protected places, and away from potential harm — emphasis on avoiding tricks that aren’t fun.

This doesn’t come about without time, effort and bucketloads of candy by and from all of those mentioned above.

That Ketchikan pitches in to enhance supplies of sweet treats and organizes events makes its Halloween one for smiles and laughs.

And there’s nothing scary about that.