GUILFORD — With inflatables, a race track and ice cream for all, the rain didn’t damper the enthusiasm for Guilford’s annual Halloween Spooktacular, Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27.

The event was sponsored by Guilford Youth & Family Services; Guilford Parks and Recreation and D.A.Y. (a community coalition of volunteers involved with youth). Due to the rain, devils, witches, princesses, kings and queens and even Harry Potter filled the upper level at the Nathaneal Greene Community Center, along with little policemen and women (in costume), as well as officers from the Guilford Police Department, who were also at the event.

“It was a blast,” said Guilford Sgt. Martina Jakober. “We have a lot of officers that are in our crime prevention and community policing program and it’s one of the favorites, because we just enjoy seeing all the kids and the excitement, especially the little kids that come in and want to be police officers and they dress up as police officers. It’s adorable because they want to pose with us.”

In addition to happily posing with these future police officers, the department issued the first five children in police costumes a Challenge Coin, usually reserved for officers that are recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty.

“They were very excited,” says Jakober. “It was something very special. They saw the coins and they’re faces lit up, even the ones that were little little ... I think it will be something that they’ll have forever.”

— Sarah Page Kyrcz

Connecticut Media Group