On Monday, Oct. 31, the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Millsboro Police Department, will be holding Family Night Out.
“I think this will be either the fifth or fourth year,” said Chamber Coordinator Amy Simmons.
The event will be held at the lot next to Dairy Queen from 6 to 8 p.m., during the town’s Halloween trick-or-treating hours.
Simmons said the event originated from the desire to have a safe and family-friendly event during Halloween night.
“The previous director started this with the Millsboro Police Department,” she said. “They started it for safe trick-or-treating, to get the community awareness of the police and let the kids talk to the police and visit with them.”
During the event, officers from the Millsboro Police Department, as well as the Millsboro Fire Company, will be outside to talk to families about fire prevention, as well as handing out goodie bags.
“They’ll have some of their patrol cars there,” said Simmons. “The Millsboro Fire Company will be bringing at least one piece of apparatus up there. The Chamber members donate candy, so we bag the candy and distribute it to the kids that come.”
Simmons said the event draws a big crowd of kids who always have a good time.
“Last year we had over 200 kids. They’re always interested,” she noted, “in the equipment the departments bring. “If a policeman’s motorcycle is there, they’ll look at it or talk to the policeman.”
She added that she hopes many families will choose to celebrate the holiday in a fun, safe environment and continue to attend the event.
“I hope it doesn’t rain, and I hope it’s not too cold,” she said with a laugh. “I hope everyone comes out. The police and myself work to make it better every year. We would like to, at some point, hopefully, have a sponsor for it, so that we can get some signage on the lot to put a sign up beforehand, so that people know.”
For more information about the Family Night Out, call the Greater Millsboro Chamber at (302) 934-6777.