The public servants of Tuscaloosa's police and fire departments are planning separate, family-friendly Halloween celebrations this month in the Druid City.

A few days before the official holiday, which falls on a Sunday this year, the Tuscaloosa Police Department will host a Halloween Carnival in the parking lot of the University Mall on Thursday, October 28th.

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The festivities kick off at 6 p.m., and for two hours, families can enjoy carnival games, trunk-or-treat from patrol vehicles, check out displays of police equipment and more.

"We first considered visiting the different neighborhoods like we did last year but we decided that it would be more fun for the kids - and for us - if we had a larger event that included games and food and music," said Stephanie Taylor, the department's public information officer. "Each division will have their own table with a carnival game, like a dart throw or ring toss, and we’ll have candy and small prizes. We’ll have the helicopter out and some of the equipment like the MRAP and motorcycles out that kids like to see and climb around on. We’re planning activities and displays that will be fun for both older and younger kids."

Taylor said TPD employees are donating candies and corporate sponsors like Walmart, Sam’s, Buffalo Rock and Coke have donated refreshments, gift cards and other prizes.

Costumes are encouraged, so make plans to don your best spooky season duds and enjoy a night at the carnival.

That Sunday night, on Halloween, the men and women of the Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Service will welcome trick-or-treaters at 10 of the city's fire stations.

Holly Whigham, a spokeswoman for the department, said TFR will partner with the Tuscaloosa Firefighters IAFF Local 403 to man each post and distribute candy to trick-or-treaters at every active station.

"We want to provide a safe place to trick or treat and we invite families to stop by any fire station in town from 6-8 pm on Halloween to get some candy, as well as meet their local firefighters," Whigham said.

A list of the stations and their locations is below.

Station 1: 1501 Greensboro Avenue
Station 2: 322 Paul Bryant Drive E.
Station 3: 202 Rice Valley Road NE
Station 4: 815 25th Ave East
Station 7: 105 Skyland Blvd
Station 8: 2200 Eutaw Highway
Station 9: 3942 Woodland Forrest Dr.
Station 10: 8101 New Watermelon Road
Station 11: 10293 Covered Bridge Road
Station 12: 7515 Robert Cardinal Airport Road

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