The Farmington Police Department is trying to keep the Halloween spirit alive this year by introducing reverse trick-or-treating.
While out patrolling, from now through Nov. 4, officers will look for completed pumpkin coloring sheets attached to front doors. Wherever they see a sheet, officers will leave a bag of candy. Candy deliveries will include little to no contact.
To participate, residents can print the pumpkin coloring page on the Farmington Police Department’s website or pick up a copy in the department’s lobby. FPD is asking residents who live in more rural areas to bring their sheets into the police department to collect their candy.
In a news release, Chief Steve Hebbe said, “Halloween looks a little different this year due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean it’s been canceled or we can’t have fun. It’s important for our community to continue to be positive for our kids and show them that we can still have a fun and memorable time.”
Nicole Brown, the department’s spokeswoman, said Hebbe frequently looks to see how other police departments are interacting with their communities and was inspired by a similar activity put on by the police department in Burbank, California.
“We thought it was great to still have fun with Halloween and still follow COVID-19 precautions,” Brown said.
Usually, the police department participates in the Boo-Palooza held by the city of Farmington. However, the department was forced to look for different ways to celebrate Halloween this year.
“We look for any opportunity that allows us to interact positively with the community,” Brown said.