Each year on Halloween, the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce offers families the chance to go trick-or-treating without wandering through neighborhoods and knocking on creepy doors.

It’s called Halloween Happenings, when each year nearly all the shops and restaurants in downtown Patchogue open their doors to give away free stuff.

The fun runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“We invite families to come down and do some trick-or-treating in all the wonderful stores on Main Street,” said David Kennedy, the chamber’s executive director. “Pretty much every store is participating.”

The stores not only give out treats, a few select ones also give out tokens as well (look for the old-fashioned cut-out decorations in the windows).

Costumed kids who collect 10 tokens can redeem them for a free gifts at the Patchogue-Medford Library’s main building on East Main Street.

The gifts were donated by the Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers.

“Everybody has got candy and goodies for the kids,” Kennedy said.

“It’s a great, safe way to celebrate Halloween.”