Captain Scott Taylor said the event started, “As a way to provide a safe trick or treat venue for kids,” but the event has become more than just a trick or treat venue. It is a place where friends, community members and public safety personnel come together to enjoy the excitement of the young children enjoying an age old tradition. Officer Jeffrey Smith, PIO for Mesquite Police Department, said, “When the event planning takes place, we reserve the first trunk or treat spot for Highland Manor. The residents enjoy handing out candy, seeing the costumes, and visiting with the young children in the community.”
“There is quite a bit of effort that goes into planning an event like this, and it would not be possible without the help of the community,” Taylor said. Operation Trunk or Treat is in full gear. Local businesses and organizations and that would like to participate should call Kim Otero at Mesquite PD at 702-346-5262 x 6155. Businesses can compete for the “Spookiest Trunk” and the “Most Festive Trunk” awards.
If setting up a trunk is not convenient, businesses can participate by donating bagged candy to the Mesquite Police Department. Candy can be dropped off at the Mesquite Police Department on Mayan Circle between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Trunk or Treat will feature roaming entertainment acts, and a PHOTO STOP where parents can take pictures of their children against a Halloween themed backdrop designed and painted by the middle school students. Parents will also be able to take pictures of their children next to the police and fire vehicles.
“This activity is our small way of making an extra effort to keep our youngest community members safe. While most residents look at the bigger dangers of trick or treating they forget it is the everyday traffic rules that tend to be forgotten on Halloween. Kids running across the street without looking combined with an increased number of texting drivers on the roadway can have a tragic result. If you are texting and driving you are an impaired driver. Simply put, don’t text and drive on Halloween or at any other time.” said Smith.
For event information visit the Mesquite Police Department’s Facebook page, Mesquite NV Police, or call Kim Otero at 702-346-5262 x6155.