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Austin PD is hosting a trunk or treat event to provide a safe place for kids

The Austin Police Department ISD, in partnership with Austin PD, hosted the third annual trunk or candy bar to provide a safe place for children to get candy and meet local law enforcement.

“It’s year three, and it’s bigger and better this year with lots of candy, community organizations, law enforcement, costumes and a few little ones dressed as their heroes,” said Lance Cox, Austin ISD police officer. “If you want to be a police officer, nothing makes my heart beat faster than helping you get there, even if it’s Halloween.”

Police and other law enforcement agencies handed out candy, with their vehicles on display. It was fun for the whole family.

“It’s a chance to see ourselves in a different light and bridge the gap between the community and the police department,” Cox said.

The first year this event was about one-third the size. Last year it was drive thru due to COVID. This year it was back where families could interact with their neighbors and community organizations.

“We love everything about children, we serve children, we actively allow families to foster and adopt children, the foster system is full of them, so no reason to get involved with children, especially when sweets are involved, we’re here, we’re here to have a good time,” said Nikki Castro of Arrow Child & Family Ministries.

The goal of the event was for children to be able to do tricks or treats safely. Cox says if you’re planning a trick or treat in your neighborhood this weekend or Monday…

“These kids are excited, they’re running from house to house, the last thing you want to do is have an accident with one of them,” he said.

Here are some safety tips:

  • Children must stay on the sidewalk
  • Bring a flashlight or glow stick
  • Only take commercially pre-packaged sweets
  • Monitor traffic