Philly cops plan trunk-or-treat to bring safe terror to kids on Halloween

Cherri Gregg
October 29, 2019 - 8:51 pm
Philadelphia Police Officers Yesenia Rivera and Adrian Toribio show their 'Pennywise' Halloween props.

Cherri Gregg/KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A pair of Philadelphia police officers who patrol a high crime section of North Philadelphia are volunteering their time Wednesday night to bring the kids in the area a little bit of safe Halloween terror.

The event is called Haunted Hunting Park, and 20 decorated cars will be lined up in Hunting Park with volunteers all dressed up, giving candy to kids. 

"It's just scary situations," joked Officers Yesenia Rivera and Adrian Toribio, who are partners in the 25th District and grew up in neighborhoods similar to the one they now patrol.

"Hay rides, resources for the community, healthcare, employment, all types of resources for the whole family," will also be found at the event, Toribio said. 

Rivera said when she was younger, she did go trick or treating, "but I stayed in a two block radius, my parents didn't want us going too far."

Toribio said his parents brought candy home instead of letting the kids go out. 

On Wednesday night, they'll wear yellow hooded raincoats and transform Toribio's jeep into a haunted trunk, complete with strobe lights and fog. It's designed after the yellow-eyed clown called Pennywise from the film "It."

The duo spent hundreds of their own money to incite fear, minus the type of violence that often plagues this neighborhood.

"It's just a safe place where all the kids can gather and just be kids," Toribio said. 

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