For the last few years, Bakersfield Police Department had to pivot when it came to their annual Halloween event held inside of their department. It was the one time of the year where residents could take an insider’s tour of the building on the corner of Truxtun and Eye Streets, while dressed as a vampire, scarecrow, or princess.
The community loved it, as did the officers and administration who decorated their units, created a theme for their costumes and welcome residents with the promise of chocolate and candy.
But in the midst of Covid, the Halloween event was revised, turned into a drive-thru trunk, or treat the first year, which jammed traffic by its huge turnout. The second year it was held as a curbside outdoor event.
This year, after two years trying new alternatives, Bakersfield Police Department is happy to announce HaLLaween is back and better than ever.
Residents can step back inside for a spooky gourd time from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 27th at the Bakersfield Police Department. Children must be in costume in order to enter the event.
“This year several of our units have their own individual themes ranging from SpongeBob, ScoobyDoo, Peanuts Gang to Zombies, “said Carina Ortiz, Community Relations Supervisor for the Bakersfield PD. “Folks will enter through the front lobby and directed to a route that will take them through the entire building. Once they have walked through building, they will be escorted to our back parking lot where they can enjoy food vendors, balloon animals and getting their face painted.”
The family-friendly event includes participation from Code Enforcement, City Attorney’s office, Economic Development, and other community partners who will be a part of the trunk or treat held in the parking lot.
Residents are encouraged to bring their favorite Halloween bag for candy and to don their favorite costume for an evening of Allhallows Eve fun.