Halloween event brings out thousands

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:11pm

A sunny and cool Halloween afternoon brought all the little ones out, dressed as miniature versions of their favorite comic book hero or even their favorite knight of the round table.

"Last time i was a pirate," said Jailynn Franklin. "I wanted to be a knight this time."

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office sponsored their fourth annual "Trick or Treat with Deputies" in Gardere, providing a safe route for enjoying a night out in the neighborhood.

"This is the fourth year and it's been a success every year," said Capt. Tonola Blakes.

The efforts of the Sheriff's Office are appreciated, as they put parents fears at ease, and the kids try their best to stoke fear, with scary costumes.

"I think it's a little better than trick or treating, going door to door," said Ericka Martin, as she held her four-year-old daughter. "It's more safe and more secure. You don't have to worry about anything happening."

With the help of dozens of sponsors, the event is held yearly in Gardere, an area the Sheriff's Office says has gotten a previous reputation as a pocket of crime.

"This is an area we wanted to get it back into a neighborhood," Capt. Blakes said. "It was one of the neighborhood's targeted for crime. We wanted neighbors involved too, and one way to do that was by trick or treating."

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