Cops & Goblins offers affordable, safe fun for all


There are tons of events on the local entertainment platter this weekend, and there would appear to be something for everyone.

One we’re keeping a close eye on is the annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. at John West Park in Ocean View. Largely orchestrated by the men and women of the Ocean View Police Department (OVPD), this fun-for-all-ages event is an example of an emphasis that department has placed on community policing.

“... Our officers are expected to be proactive and creative — not only in addressing, but in preventing, crime,” explained OVPD Chief Ken McLaughlin. “The success of community policing depends on the ability of individual officers to interact and build positive relationships with all members of the community.”

If you’ve been to this event in the past, you’ve seen this up close, as officers chip in for the kids’ costume contest, and just generally mingle with everybody on hand. If you haven’t been to one, do come.

Everything at the event is 100-percent free, per OVPD Officer Rhys Bradshaw. That includes cheeseburgers, pizza, water bottles and more, donated by local businesses. There is horseback riding, a petting zoo,c arnival rides, a disc jockey and more.

This is a true community event, put on by the OVPD and the Town of Ocean View.

Cops & Goblins runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at John West Park. The Town will also have a booth at the event focusing on the comprehensive plan update they are working on so people can have input.

Come out for a good, safe, affordable time with the family.