Covington, Porterdale police departments host safe Halloween events

COVINGTON — To make sure the scary part of Halloween is just make believe and good fun, local public safety agencies are hosting their own events for kids Halloween night.

Scare on the Square, downtown Covington’s Halloween celebration, takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, and is hosted by the Covington Police Department in conjunction with Main Street Covington, Covington and Newton County fire departments, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Newton County EMS, Oxford Police Department, the Covington-Newton County 911 Center and several community partners.

“We’ll have tables set up and we’ll have candy at different stations that we will be manning,” said CPD Public Information Officer Capt. Ken Malcom. Berry’s Tree Farm will provide hay rides and Malcom promised, “There will be a couple of surprises,” but wouldn’t give the secret away.

The Square will be closed to traffic to provide a safe trick-or-treating experience. Malcom said the event helps fulfill the mission of the CPD’s Safer Covington Action Network, part of which is to help citizens feel safer in their community.

“One of the reasons we’re having the event is to encourage children to look for alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating, where they just go house to house,” he said. Events sponsored by community organizations can be a safer option, he said.

The CPD is still accepting donations of sealed bags of candy. They can dropped off at any CPD headquarters at 1143 Oak St. SE or at participating agency through Thursday.

The Porterdale Police Department is also hosting a safe Halloween event, from 6-8:30 p.m. Lt. Jason Cripps, who started the event in 2008, promised free candy, ghouls and goblins, a smoke machine, visits with K9 Officer Nina and the chance to climb through police cars and Humvees.

Cripps said between 1,000 and 1,500 kids have attended in past years and last year he went through 200 bags of candy. Cripps said the event is made possible through citizen and business donations. “I’m very thankful. I couldn’t do it without them. The Police Department just doesn’t have the budget,” he said.

Donations of sealed bags of candy can be dropped off at Porterdale Police Department, located at 2400 Main St.