BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Baton Rouge constable’s office held its third annual Trunk-or-Treat, giving kids the chance to enjoy Halloween a few days earlier.
Shymeka Washington attended the event with her daughter, niece and nephew.
“They had a blast, they left with tons of candy,” said Washington.
Dozens of families spent the evening downtown taking in food and fun.
“We went through a pandemic and we couldn’t do things we used to do, but of course the governor lifted the mask mandate. So, of course, you kind of get back to a little bit of being normal, still practice social distancing and give the kids something safe to do. Fun and safe,” said East Baton Rouge Constable Terrica Williams.
She said the first annual trunk-or-treat started off with about 100 kids and each year it grows.
Along with all of the fun and candy, the event serves as a way to bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement.
“They get to interact with the officers and the officers are nice to them. They understand the officers are here to help them, they don’t have to be afraid of them,” said Washington.
Members of Baton Rouge Police, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and Baton Rouge Fire assisted during the event.
For the Washington family, the event gives them the chance to have fun and bring a sense of togetherness to the community.
“I think it’s a very safe and healthy way for them to be able to trick or treat with everything that’s going on right now. I think this is the perfect way for them to be able to enjoy the holiday in a safe way,” said Washington.