Law Enforcement, Parents Preparing for Halloween
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Law enforcement and parents are uniting to make Halloween safe this year, even if that means some celebrating by non-traditional means.
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office will be giving away reflective trick-or-treating bags this Halloween.
The bags will be given away at two Maverik convenience stores. They are located on F and 29.5 roads, as well as 32.5 Road.
The bags will be partially filled with candy.
"They're useful to put the candy inside, but they're also reflective, so drivers and people out on the road will hopefully see that bag," said Heather Benjamin with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.
There are also useful safety tips on the bags for trick-or-treaters.
However, in light of the Jessica Ridgeway abduction and murder, some parents are celebrating Halloween in non-traditional ways this year.
Jasmine Vanderpool is a mother of one, and she plans on celebrating Halloween with her son at their martial arts gym, Martial Arts Research Systems.
"I would prefer that he is somewhere where I can trust the people. I also know everyone that's going to be here is going to be watching him, and it's going to be a little bit more safe. It helps me keep to the tradition of Halloween and still have fun, but in a safer manner," said Vanderpool.
Community events like the one being held at Martial Arts Research Systems are expected all over the Grand Valley this Halloween.