The Jones County Sheriff’s Office held a walk-through Halloween event, where children could glimpse a bit of the spookiness of Halloween while grabbing some candy.
Mandy Hubbard, who is part of the warrant division, said she enjoyed the evening giving children candy. She dressed up as a witch for the event to really get into the Halloween spirit.
“We usually give out candy every year, but this year we wanted to do something different for Halloween,” she said. “We wanted to make it more fun for the kids and dress it up. The sheriff had been wanting to do it for years, so this year he said to just do it.”
She said the staff got to dress up in costumes to share in all the Halloween fun. She said the event was important to have at the Sheriff’s Office because it was a chance for them to show the children that they are just regular people.
“In today’s time showing the kids we aren’t scary people is important to us. We need to reassure them that we can be trusted. We also wanted to show people we love our community,” she said.
Hubbard said the sheriff really wanted the children in Jones County to have somewhere safe to go to trick-ortreating. She said even though the event was last minute, she said it all came together just fine.
“We had a lot of people who came from out of the county,” Hubbard said. “Neighborhoods in their counties weren’t participating or just weren’t doing much for Halloween. We were glad we could help those kids have a fun Halloween.”
The witch said the children had a lot of fun at the event, with only a few running off scared. She said her favorite part of the entire evening was seeing the smile on the children’s faces as they greeted her.
“The enjoyment you see on their faces is just amazing. That’s especially true when you’re giving them candy. Kids love candy no matter what. Also anything to do with bringing joy to these kids is something I love,” Hubbard said.
She said they decorated the lobby by blacking it out to make it more spooky. They had spooky trees set up, ‘Jason’ hiding to scare the children a bit, hay bales on loan from Gray Feed and Seed, and various other Halloween decorations to get everyone in the frightful mood.
Hubbard said the sheriff wants to do something even bigger next year for Halloween, but the plans aren’t developed yet. She said they will have to wait and see how things go throughout the year before they move forward.
“Sheriff Reece said he was very pleased with the turnout we had,” she said. “This is the biggest turnout we’ve had since doing something for Halloween. He wanted to do just a little bit more this year since it’s been such a crazy year. I’m glad the kids had so mu ch fun with us, too.”