October 27, 2011

Chamber Members to Host Halloween Safe Stops in Memphis

by Hannah Kiddoo

On Monday, October 31, little goblins and ghouls will take to the streets of Memphis in search of sugary treats. While Halloween can be full of fun for participants, it can also be dangerous for those not taking the proper precautions. Earlier this month, the Missouri State Highway Patrol released a statement urging trick-or-treaters and motorists alike to stay alert and be safety-minded during the holiday.

In an effort to keep children safe during Halloween activities, the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce has organized its annual "Safe Stop" event, which allows families to collect candy and other goodies from local businesses in a safe manner.

Chamber Member and Safe Stop Chairperson Debbie Kigar stated that the event gives kids an opportunity to collect candy from a wide variety of sources at one time. She noted that the event has grown each year, drawing close to 500 trick-or-treating participants last October.

Such interest in the event requires cooperation from area businesses, something Kigar explained as being no problem.

"All the businesses are really willing to [participate] if they're around," she said. She added that some businesses located off the square will even move closer to the courthouse to make it easier for children trying to visit all the stops.

"The kids can't wait," said Reva Triplett, employee at the Community Bank of Memphis. "They're at the door waiting." She stated that the bank has been participating in the Safe Stop event since its inception and has grown to be a familiar stop for children during Halloween.

"We're the Tootsie Roll bank," she said laughing.

Lucinda Perrilles and daughter Abrul will be two of the many trick-or-treaters during this year's Safe Stop. Perrilles stated that she enjoys the event's convenience and the opportunity to connect with other residents.

"I think that it does benefit the community, because it gives people a chance to socialize with people that they may not see often and the children get to socialize as well," she said.

This year's Safe Stop will take place between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. A list of participating businesses can be found below.

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