October 20, 2017
The Salem Police Department is in full preparation mode for its 12th Annual Halloween Dress Rehearsal, Saturday, October 28, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the atrium outside the police station, 555 Liberty ST SE, first floor.
Parents are invited to bring their children in costume for an afternoon of activities which remind children to be safe on Halloween night.
The event features several stations where children get to hear from officers about the importance of visibility and following pedestrian safety rules. "It's a great way to show kids and parents alike about the importance of making costumes bright and visible, plus reminding them about traffic safety," said Angie Hedrick, community relations analyst for the Salem Police Department.
Salem Police partners with other city departments and local businesses that also provide treats and various other activities for the kids. Partners for 2017 include the City of Salem Library, Neighborhood Services, Parks & Recreation, and Natural Resources sections, Falck Ambulance, Willamette Valley Communications Center, and The Home Depot.
While supplies last, children who go through all the safety stations will receive a glow-in-the-dark trick-or-treat bag and blinking LED light to increase their visibility to passersby and motorists. Bentley's Coffee will also provide apple cider beverages for the children.
"We hope to Salem families will attend and kids learn the importance of being safe and being seen not just on Halloween, but every time they are out and about," concluded Hedrick.
Information about the event and tips on traffic and pedestrian safety are available on the Salem Police social media pages, Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor or by calling