The Hope Police Department and Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office yearly Community Halloween Event saw a massive crowd Tuesday night.
The local law enforcement agencies hold the public event each year to provide a fun, safe environment for children to enjoy the holiday. The event has grown a great deal since it started. Other agencies also participate in the event each year including members of the Arkansas State Police, Hope Fire Department and Pafford EMS. The games, food and Haunted House were all operated by members of the law enforcement agencies and their family members.
There were games, food and candy for all the kids. A constant line for the Haunted House, the events biggest hit, stretched down the sidewalk leading up to the courthouse steps and all the way down in front of the police station. Those who braved the Haunted House exited much faster than they entered as the volunteers enthusiastically stalked and startled the visitors through the dark, winding passages.
The Halloween Party is just one of multiple community outreach projects that the HPD and HCSO are involved in throughout the year. Officer Angela Gammage with the Hope Police Department said they had the largest turnout of any Halloween event so far and she hopes to see everyone back next year.
Officer Gammage expressed thanks to everyone who showed support for the annual Community Halloween Event. “Without the support of the community, this event would not have been as successful as it was”, Gammage said. Gammage said she especially wanted to thank the Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office, Brazzel-Oakcrest Funeral Home, Pafford EMS, Hope Fire Department, Adam Pinner and all of the volunteers who contributed their time and effort for this year’s event. “We are thankful”, Gammage said, “our law enforcement, EMS and fire agencies can work together for our community.”