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Thousands enjoy a safe environment for Halloween

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Thousands of people in Columbus spent their Halloween evening in a safe environment.

A large crowd turned out for North Highland Church's annual Trunk-or-Treat. After paying a $1 admission, kids were able to collect candy from the trunks of cars parked at the church while also having fun on rides, ponies, and in the petting zoo.

"We wanted a good alternative," says Rev. Dennis Lacy, "and it was a good way for us to say we love our community and we want to do something to add value to the community and have a lot of fun. I'll be honest, I have a little grandbaby. He loves this event!"

Rev. Lacy says Trunk-or-Treat started as a tailgate party and has grown exponentially over the years. The money collected at the event goes to the Boys and Girls Missionary Charity. It provides emergency aid for natural disasters around the world.

If you stuck to the streets of your neighborhood, law enforcement officials were out in full force keeping you safe as well. In both Columbus and Russell County, registered sex offenders were kept on lockdown.

More than 100 offenders on parole and probation arrived at the Columbus Day Reporting Center, where they spent the evening. The Muscogee County Sheriff's Office checked on the rest of Columbus' registered sex offenders throughout the night.

Columbus' Chief Parole Officer Jody Dillard says, "We want to protect the children and make sure there are no sex offenders around the children, none of them giving out candy. We don't want to put them in a position where they could even think about reoffending."

In Russell County sex offenders were at the courthouse annex.

Dillard says everyone knows protocol and follows the rules. "For the past few weeks we've been out talking with them, meeting with the families, and giving them letters instructing them how to act and what they should do," he says.

Dillard says he was more concerned about careless drivers than the sex offenders stepping out of line.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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