Kids of all ages come out to participate in family fun Halloween activities at the Trunk or Treat events held at various locations throughout the city.
The events, like the one at Lewis Lemon Elementary, are sponsored by Rockford Police.
Officers stressing the importance of getting out into the community that they serve.
“Well just to be out in public. Just to have the kids see us. When they see us, they don’t see us, I’m not here,” said Rockford Police Community Services Officer James Presley. I’m not on a call, I’m just talking to them, joking with the kids, and I actually see a lot of familiar faces from our everyday interactions with the public.”
Students, family, and community members came out to enjoy the fun games, food, and of course, trick-or-treating.
The events offering families a safe and fun alternative to Halloween night.
“We wanted to make sure that there’s this safe place that the kids could come,” said Emily Towle, a kindergarten teacher at Lewis Lemon Elementary. “A lot of times the kids were saying I’m not allowed to go out trick or treating because I’m not sure who’s going to be out there, so we wanted to give them that safe special place.”
The event at Ellis Elementary school had more than 500 people in attendance.
But the events weren’t just about the sugar rush…they also had organizations sharing in the holiday spirit, while learning about important services.
“It’s a great way to have a theme, everybody’s wearing costumes, you know we have the police officers here with the candy as well,” said Matthew Simpson, the Neighborhood Impact Manager for United Way of Rock River Valley. “You know, we have our programming, it’s Halloween, we have costumes, and the police participate. So it’s a great way to bring all of these different angles together in one place for a night of fun and information.”
The city of Rockford trick or treat hours for the actual Halloween holiday will be this Monday from 5:30-7:30 pm. .