Parents, children, and local businesses are invited to join the City of Smithville for the Police Department's "Trick or Treat Halloween Downtown" Friday, October 31 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Beth Adcock, records clerk for the Smithville Police Department, organized the first "Trick or Treat Halloween Downtown" three years ago and it turned out to be a great success. Hundreds of children have been served.
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According to Adcock, the event serves as a way for the Smithville Police Department and other businesses to give back to the community, to allow trick or treating in a safe environment, and to afford the police officers an opportunity to interact with the children and gain their trust. It also provides parents who may not be able to take their kids trick or treating on the night of Halloween, to do it during the day at downtown businesses and at offices in the courthouse and at city hall along with business on the side streets such as: Smithville Review, Meigs Eye Care, Probation Office, Love & Cantrell Funeral Home, Tangles, and MC Studios.
Participating businesses will have candy and special treats for the children. Look for the stores and offices with a picture of a pumpkin on their windows. Maps will be available at the police department, Justin Potter Library, Chamber of Commerce and other locations to show parents which businesses will be taking part in the event. WJLE will post the map at www.wjle.com. Last year, some of the clerks in the businesses and government offices joined in the fun by dressing up in Halloween costumes.
Adcock says a Halloween costume contest will be held again this year for children up to pre-school age at 10:00 am at the Evin's Park open stage. Another costume contest for those up to age twelve will be at 4:00 p.m. Participants need to register by 9:45 am and 3:45 pm. In case of rain the contests will be held upstairs inside of City Hall.
For those planning to enter the contest, there will be winners in different categories. The categories will be scariest, funniest, most creative, and best overall.
There will also be a Chamber Costume Contest to the downtown business employee's. Any business wishing to enter this contest will need to contact the Chamber of Commerce at 597-4163 and Suzanne Williams will visit each business throughout the day and take pictures of the participants and pick a winner.
Mayor Jimmy Poss encourages parents and children to join the city in "Trick or Treat Halloween Downtown" Friday, October 31 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
For more information call Beth Adcock at the Smithville Police Department at 615-597-8210 or check out the police department's face book page at https://www.facebook.com/SmithvillePoliceDepartment.