This Saturday, the Ocean View Police Department is inviting the public to its inaugural Halloween festival, Cops & Goblins.
“We were just hoping to host a nice event for the kids in the area,” said Cpl. Rhys Bradshaw. “Unfortunately, we don’t get that much kids trick-or-treating around here, so we wanted to provide a nice, safe, family-friendly environment for children to come with their families, get some candy, see a magic show.”
The festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 1 to 5 p.m. in Ocean View’s John West Park. During the free family-friendly event, children can trick-or-treat from vendor booth to vendor booth hosted by a number of area businesses and organizations.
“For example, Lord Baltimore will be handing out books and candy,” explained Bradshaw.
The Ocean View Police Department will also have a vendor table of their own, where children can take photos with the department’s officers in front of a police car cut-out and meet K-9 officer Hardy.
“We’ll have coloring books, candy, stickers that look like police badges and plastic police hats we’re going to be giving out,” he added.
The event is also a community outreach, to give local children the opportunity to meet the police officers.
“We want the kids to not be afraid to come up to us and talk to us when they see us,” Bradshaw said. “Hopefully, when they see us after this, they’ll know our names and feel comfortable to come up to us.”
The event will also have free hotdogs and hamburgers, provided by Charlie K’s BBQ, and a costume contest will be held for those 12 or younger, divided up into three age groups. Children will have the chance to take home a medal for Best Cop, Best Goblin and Best-All-Around costumes.
A free magic show will entertain attendees at 3 p.m. at the main pavilion, provided by Dickens Parlour Theatre. A D.J. will also be on-site to play music and provide entertainment.
Following the conclusion of the event, Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran will kick off trick-or-treating in Ocean View, which will go from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participating residents are being encouraged to put their front lights on.
Bradshaw said the entire department is excited for the event and hopes the community will come out, meet the officers and have a great time.
“It’s our first year, so we’re just hoping it’s an event we can build on and grow bigger and better every year. We hope we have a lot of people who will come out in the community and have a good time.”
For more information about Cops & Goblins, call the Ocean View Police Department at (302) 539-1111. The event’s rain date is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. John West Park is located at the intersection of West and Oakwood Avenues.