Neighborhood initiative keeps kids safe on Halloween - South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Neighborhood initiative keeps kids safe on Halloween

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Halloween is a chance for people to dress as their favorite character and collect their favorite sweets on the streets,but with that comes the possibility of danger.

Eerie decorations coupled with fog, music, and trick or treaters make for a perfect Halloween celebration in Calder Place Neighborhood. 

Characters covered the streets from scary clowns to princesses to super heroes and villains. Amy Britt's son Phelan dressed as bad guy Bain from the latest batman movie. 

"We like to come here because it's safe, it's blocked off, and it's a good neighborhood," Britt said. 

Four entrances into the neighborhood were blocked off allowing trick or treaters to walk freely with no worry of traffic. 

Melanie Leonard organized the event and says the idea came after she was out trick or treating with children about 6 years ago. 

"It gave me a lot of anxiety because I thought for sure someone was going to get hurt trick or treating that night with the amount of traffic going through the neighborhood," Leonard said. 
Several area churches also took a stand for safety by hosting trunk or treats or carnivals, including Wesley United Methodist Church. 

The festival there drew a huge crowd. 

"It's safer, you feel more safe on church grounds," Mother Tiffany Victor said.

"There's a lot more here. candy, activities, they're going to have music," Father Olaf Farias said of the festival.  
As the night came to a close, Leonard was able to smile after another successful, safe, and as she calls it traditional Halloween. 

"It's the kind of Halloween I had as a kid and the kind kids should enjoy today," Leonard said. 

In the 6 years that the neighborhood has held the event, Leonard says no crimes or accidents have occurred in the neighborhood on Halloween night.


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