Updated 10/25/2012 06:16 PM
Halloween Safe Night Out
In order to keep everyone safe this Halloween, Albany city officials and members are law enforcement unveiled details for their Safe Night Out event. Lori Chung has more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- “No, I wouldn’t bring my son out for Halloween. Where I live at, [there’s] a lot of fights, carrying on,” said Latanya David, who lives in Albany’s South End.
It’s a sentiment leaders are hoping to change with plans to take over the streets on October 31st with a purpose.
“That that child is not afraid to go out his front door and enjoy a Halloween like any other child,” said Pastor Charlie Muller.
It will Enough Safe Night Out’s third year.
“We’re going to have sites in West Hill, Arbor Hill and in the South End,” said District Attorney David Soares.
In each neighborhood, trick-or-treaters will be able to travel a route manned by police and volunteers and that’s stocked with candy.
“I think we started with 30 corners two years ago,” said Muller. “Last year, we went with 40. This year, we have over 50 corners.”
But it’s about more than sweet treats. The partnership between the District Attorney’s office and the Victory Christian Church is hoping to build a stronger community.
“We want children to see us as people who care about them,” said Soares.
The program is proving to be welcome news to parents like David, who was worried that there would be no safe option her son.
“I would bring my son to it, yes, instead of walking door to door and not knowing what you’re going to walk into.”