The occasion was the Refugio Police Department’s annual Safe Zone Halloween event in collaboration with businesses and other entities.
In Woodsboro, town hall led the way with the help of businesses and other agencies. Making their appearance as superheroes, city staff led by the Incredible Hulk, Mayor Larry Jochetz, greeted Halloween trick-or-treaters.
And behind the scenes in Refugio, like the Wizard of Oz, was Debbie Stephens, of the Refugio Police Department.
“We started thinking about this a year ago,” Stephens said. “And we start calling everybody ahead of time – all local businesses, fire department, EMS, oil field companies and more.”
She said the desire is to make the event bigger and better every year.
“This year we have more of the businesses here, football players, cheerleaders, EMS – some who have not been asked to do it,” she said.
“The eventual goal is to make it like a little carnival,” she added.
The event usually begins at 3:30 p.m. when school lets out, and it concludes about 5 p.m. “or till we’re done.”
The same time frame was organized in Woodsboro on Thursday.
“Last year, we made 500 bags of candy,” Stephens said. They did that again this year.
“Next year, we’ll get flyers posted in business windows,” she said, noting that not everybody knew about the event.
The Safe Zone event is on Commerce Street from the Refugio Police Department to the Refugio County Public Library.