Johnston Police kicks off Trunk-or-Treat Oct. 30

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It was rather fitting that the parking lot was recently resurfaced, as several people stood outside the Johnston Police Department headquarters at 1651 Atwood Ave. last week emphasizing there would be more traffic than usual here on Halloween.

To which Chief Joseph P. Razza said, “The Johnston Police Department is excited to announce its First Annual Trunk or Treat that will be held at headquarters Oct. 30 beginning at 12 noon.”

With so much ado about the annual haunted happening, especially with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis escalating in some areas, Razza wanted it known, “we taking this opportunity to meet and connect with children of all ages here at the JPD headquarters for a treat.”

In a message directed for parents, the recently-installed JPD chief – who succeeded the legendary Richard S. Tamburini after his recent retirement– added: “The event will follow coronavirus guidelines and we hope to see many children in town; our officers are specially looking forward to connect with kids of all ages.”

The JPD headquarters, in fact, now features a colorful, inflatable “Spooky House” replete with traditional ghosts and goblins and a message that reads “Happy Halloween” that Razza said will be up through the annual trick-or-treat celebration.

He said initial plans for the Trunk or Treat announced the hours of operation would be noon to 4 p.m.

However, as Razza later announced, “We’ve received a lot of feedback on social media, so we are extending the Trunk or Treat past 4 p.m. We encourage kids of all ages to come out and meet our officers and receive a treat.”

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