More than 200 people participated in Halloween Safety Night last year, prompting the Manlius Police Department to sponsor another one in just two weeks. The event teaches ways children can learn to stay safe and alert, not only while trick or treating, but also in daily life.
"We can actually blanket safety using an event like Halloween," said Nadine Zesky, Manlius police investigator. "We can use Halloween as a starting point to talk to kids about staying with [their] parents, making sure [they] know where [their] parents are all the time."
Free glow sticks to be used on All Hallows Eve will capture the spotlight for kids, and entire families will have the chance to tour the police department and meet the officers.
Parents and guardians can also get child ID cards the same night through a computerized fingerprint process that details the child's information in case of a crisis. The service is free.
"The parents are given a card to keep so if there's ever an emergency, [they] can hand us the card or hand an officer the card with a picture of their child on it," Zesky said.
Groups of five or more are encouraged to call ahead so organizers can schedule tours and minimize waiting lines.
"[It's] much more efficient in terms of time management," Zesky said, optimistic for another high turn-out.
Because the event was so successful last year, the Police Benevolent Association volunteered to provide refreshments for the occasion -- doughnuts and probably cider, Zesky said.
"Yeah, the police are going to offer doughnuts," she laughed.
Halloween Safety Night
When: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 17
Where: Town of Manlius Police Department, 1 Arkie Albanese Ave