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Trunk or treat, carnival set for Halloween

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A scene from last year's event. A scene from last year's event.

The Roanoke Rapids police and recreation departments are providing an alternative to trick-or-treating next Tuesday.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Doyle Field behind T.J. Davis the police department’s second trunk or treat will be held for children 12 and under.

Chief Chuck Hasty said there is still time for civic groups and churches wanting to participate and hand out candy to join the event by calling him at 252-326-3939.

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, the fire department, Roanoke Valley Rescue, public works and car clubs will be participating in the event.

Hasty said trunk or treats are becoming the alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. “A lot of people don’t participate anyway,” he said of conventional trick-or-treating. “A lot of homes are not participating.”

Last year was the first year the police department held the trunk or treat. “It was a great turnout. We ran out of candy and had to go out to get more.”

For those who still want to trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods, the time has been set for 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Hasty said.

Meanwhile, the recreation department begins its celebration Monday with a pumpkin carving workshop from 9 a.m. to noon at T.J. Davis. The workshop is for children ages 6 to 10. Cost is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. The cost includes a pumpkin for decorating, crafts, games and lunch. Call 252-533-2847 as space is limited.

On Halloween the annual recreation department and Optimist Club carnival and haunted house at T.J. Davis will be from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The carnival is free for children 12 and under. The haunted house, recommended for children 12 and up, costs $2.

The recreation department is also sponsoring a Halloween Party for children 12 and under at Chaloner Recreation Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“We are happy to once again partner with the police department, sheriff’s office, city departments and other first responders to provide a safe and enjoyable family-friendly event or our children at Halloween,” parks and recreation Director John Simeon said.

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