Bakersfield was brewing with Halloween festivities–from spooky and sweet, to trick or treat.
For two nights, Safe Halloween at the Kern County Museum was a hit. More than 20 community organizations gave out candy in a family-friendly environment.
“We get to see all the little ghosts and goblins come out, have a very safe space, and it’s just a great time,” said Katie from the Junior League of Bakersfield.
At Bakersfield Police headquarters, a line formed out the door for the department’s first-ever “trick-or-treat meet and greet.” Officers decked out their divisions and gave kids a tour of the station as they handed out sweets.
“They’re getting candy, which the kids love. And then the parents can kind of see some of the workstations as they’re going through the crime lab, and our records section, and our investigations section,” explained BPD police chief, Lyle Martin.
In Southwest Bakersfield, a dentist’s office gave patients a reason to smile. Doctor Choon Sung Park’s practice decorates the office each year, and this year’s theme was Monopoly–specifically, Park Place.
“Patients come in, and they love to read everything and look at everything. And we have people, not even our patients that come by,” Dr. Park said.
Then there’s John Reichert with perhaps the best Halloween decorations in the city–from fog machines, robots, and even an antique 1938 Packard car with monsters behind the wheel. This is the 21st year Reichert has decorated his home on White Lane and Gosford Road.
“I’m from a family that really gets into this stuff,” Reichert explained.
Last Halloween, more than 500 people came just to marvel at his display.