For more than five years, the Millsboro Police Department has been holding Family Nite Out in conjunction with trick-or-treating in the town.
“Originally, it started out as a way for the police to be involved in the community,” said Amy Simmons, executive director of the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, who helps organize the event.
This year, Family Nite Out will be held on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the empty lot adjacent to the Dairy Queen on Main Street. Kids ages 12 or younger dressed in costume may attend.
“We’re going to have our community trailer set up,” said Millsboro Police Chief John Murphy. “We want to be visible, to remind people to be safe.”
Along with the community trailer, the police will have a patrol car on-site for kids to check out. The Millsboro Fire Company will also have a fire truck for youngsters to tour and learn about.
“This year, the fire company is going to be joining us. It should be a really fun time,” said Simmons.
Murphy said that, usually, about 300 kids attend the event, and he hopes it continues to be well-received.
“We hand out candy and other things for the kids. We’ve done helmets and coloring books in the past,” he said. “People can stop by and get some hot chocolate… It’s just so we can get some presence and be out in the community.”
Murphy said that three officers will be working the event, along with some volunteers. He added that an additional officer will be out on patrol, to ensure safety, and that he hopes families will enjoy a fun and safe night out.
“Want everyone want to be safe,” he said. “We’ve never had anything ever happen on Halloween, and we want to maintain that record.”