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North Pole Police Department to host Covid-safe trick-or-treating alternative

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Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 6:31 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Halloween is quickly approaching and the North Pole Police Department is going to be hosting their version of drive-thru trick-or-treating. The idea is to provide a safer alternative, to keep the children of North Pole celebrating the spirit of Halloween, while also helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We normally do every year we do the glow stick campaign. We hand out the glow sticks for the kids, so we wanna make sure all the kids are safe. We run around town and we hand out about six hundred of these glow sticks,” said North Pole Police Chief Steve Dutra.

However, in light of the pandemic, the NPPD is providing an additional drive through trick-or-treating alternative to kids.

“With the Covid stuff going on we figured that kids would [also] have less options maybe for trick-or-treating. So we said hey, we can do both at one time! So we’ll hand out the glow sticks and give candy packets with a junior police officer patch on it from the North Pole Police Department," said Dutra.

This Halloween event will also mark the end of a food drive that is currently being held by the department, as well as other Fairbanks area law enforcement agencies, benefitting the Fairbanks Community Food Bank.

“Then to top it all off we figured we could make it a giving event and have people come and donate, cause we have a special program going on right now with the food bank in Fairbanks. We’re having a law enforcement food bank food drive and we’re competing against all the other agencies in the area, so we figured if families bring one can of food, we’ll give 'em a free cotton candy for every can of food that they bring in. So it’s kind of a win for everybody," said Dutra.

The drive though trick or treating event will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Halloween, October 31, behind the North Pole Police Department. For those looking to donate to the food drive, this can be done at the North Pole Police Department, the Fairbanks Community Food Bank, or online at the Fairbanks Community Food Bank website.

“We’ll probably start around 5:00 p.m. and people just need to drive in down either Carry Avenue or Kevin’s Way, come in behind the Police Department, follow the lights and signs, all you have to do is drive up, hand the food over, we’ll give 'em the candy, cotton candy, or give 'em glow sticks for kids in the car, and they can just drive away never even having to get out of the car,” said Dutra.

“I just encourage everyone to participate, it’s kind of a nice event for the whole community,” said Dutra.

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