Hundreds of area children enjoy games, treats and get safe trick-or-treating tips
Montgomery police officers taught young superheroes, witches, video game characters and many other children in costume how to trick-or-treat safely at the village police department’s sixth annual free Halloween safety event Sunday, Oct. 13.
Held outdoors on the grounds of the village police station at 10 Civic Center Drive, the celebration featured several stations for families to visit where children received candy, as well as tips for safe trick-or-treating, including letting parents inspect candy before eating it, stay on sidewalks, and go to houses that are lit – with a parent or guardian.
In addition to safety tips, children and families could play games for more candy and treats, participate in costume contests, hear spooky stories, and take home a pumpkin to decorate from the Rotary Club of Montgomery’s annual pumpkin decorating station.
“I think it’s pretty awesome,” Aurora resident Cristina Carrola said. “The kids enjoy it, they’re having fun playing and they’re going to go home and paint these pumpkins.”
The pumpkin station proved so popular, that a little more than an hour into the event, the club was almost out of its 500 pumpkins.
Montgomery resident Vienna Iacovella, 9, who, along with her dad, Frank, dressed as a Ghostbuster in handmade costume, praised the annual event.
“We’ve been going since I was about five…it’s fun, they always have different games,” she said. “Even if they’re the same safety tips, it’s a good review before Halloween.”