Winston Grocery Outlet holds safe Halloween option with 'Trunk or Treat'


WINSTON, Ore. - Halloween can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year for kids, but one grocery store in Winston is working to make it a safe and fun night for kids and their parents.

On Halloween night, families are being invited to "Trunk or Treat" at the Winston Grocery Outlet, where kids will go from car to car, filling up their bag with candy.

The store is making safety a top priority.

"A lot of fun, and it's a safe environment for the parents to come in," said Dean Thissen, owner of the Grocery Outlet. "We'll have part of the parking lot conned, so no vehicles. You don't have to worry about the cars and all of that."

According to the group Safety Kids Worldwide, children are twice as likely to be run over and killed on Halloween than any other night of the year.

The Winston Grocery Outlet wants to provide a safe spot for not only kids, but everyone in the community.

"It's community - bringing the community back," said Thissen. "Unfortunately, a lot of the communities are disbanding, going their own separate ways. This is bringing the community back into Wilson."

Trunk or Treat will be from 6-8 p.m. in the Grocery Outlet parking lot.

For kids who are planning to do traditional trick or treating, Roseburg Police suggest that kids should travel together.

"Kids shouldn't be alone. They should be in groups or have a buddy, if you will," said Sgt. Gary Klopfenstein.

Whether you're trick or treating or trunk or treating, the most important this is to stay safe, and have fun.

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