The Beachcomber Fall Festival Guide

Halloween: The Ultimate Fall Festival for Kids

Sep 22, 2017

Forget the turning of leaves, the smell of bonfires and even football games – candy corn is what fall is all about. It even has its own special holiday: Halloween. After a busy summer, it’s a focus of the Surf City Police Department, too, as it prepares for its annual Trunk or Treat, on Oct. 28.

“I’ve enjoyed sharing my love for Halloween with the community for the past two years,” Surf City Police Sgt. Sarah Roe said. “It’s my hope this event becomes a long-standing tradition for our department, as well as the families who attend.”

The event is hosted by the borough police department in partnership with the Surf City Volunteer Fire Co. and EMS. It not only provides a safe place for children to celebrate Halloween, but also builds relationships between the community and first responders, said Pete Hartney, president of the fire company.

“Surf City is truly a family community, and we’re proud to put together an event that embodies that,” Jennifer Collins, a SCFD member, said.

The event is entirely funded by local sponsorships, trunk registrations and donations from community members, and groups getting a jump start on getting the word out isn’t a bad thing. Businesses, community groups and individuals interested in sponsoring and/or having a trunk at the event should call Roe at 609-494-8121, or stop by borough hall to pick up a registration form. There is a $25 trunk registration fee that goes toward the purchase of candy for distribution at the event.

“Trunk or Treat is a safe, fun alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. The event is entertaining for all members of the family, (and) the kids receive lots of good candy while they enjoy all of the decorated trunks,” added Surf City Patrolman Kyle Costabile.

So mark your calendars for 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 28 (rain date is Oct. 29) at the Surf City Firehouse, 713 North Long Beach Blvd. —G.G.S.

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