Thousands of people packed into downtown New Britain Saturday evening for the city’s “Trick-or-Treat Safe Zone.” The family friendly event lasted from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Several streets were partially closed to allow people to easily walk around downtown and stop at more than twenty businesses where workers handed out candy.
Parents say this “safe zone” takes away some of the stress of the holiday.
“We come just because, you know, it’s downtown, it’s safe,” says resident Joshua Delgado.
Casey Montgomery added “It’s just fun and it’s safe. We don’t have to worry about them running in the street and being hurt.”
For kids heading out into neighborhoods, police remind trick-or treaters to cross streets carefully, make sure their costumes include bright items such as reflective tape or glow sticks. Police also suggest planning a smart route, following sidewalks, crossing at street corners and walking on the road against traffic.
With many folks out and about tonight, motorists are urged to drive slowly especially until 8 p.m., keep an eye out for children running into the streets and stop for pedestrians.
Back at the party in New Britain, the leader of the city became Mayor Minion and says safety should be on everyone’s mind on Halloween.
“You have to be careful with your kids nowadays. I don’t have to be the one to tell the parents to you have to watch your kids like hawks,” says New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart.
Organizers expected about 2,000 trick-or-treaters and all candy handed out at the New Britain event was donated.