Pumpkin Patrol celebrates a safe Dryden Halloween

Outside of Free Methodist Church, volunteers served hot chocolate, coffee and candy to trick-or-treaters near a warm fire all evening as part of an annual Halloween night tradition. Photo by Lindsey Enns

Story by Lindsey Enns

The annual Pumpkin Patrol put on by the Amateur Radio Society of Dryden hit the streets to ensure yet another safe Halloween night on Oct. 31 in the Dryden community.

Bob Ernewein has been a part of the Amateur Radio Society of Dryden since 1991 and has been volunteering with the Pumpkin Patrol for the last ten years and says there’s been a significant change over the years when it comes to vandalism and crime on Halloween night.

“There’s been a major downturn,” he said.

He attributes the downturn in criminal activity over the years to the fact that nowadays everyone has a cell phone making it easier to report crime as it’s happening. The Pumpkin Patrol reported no incidents this year on both the night before Halloween and Halloween night.

Trick-or-treaters hit the streets between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. giving the Dryden community plenty of time to get their hands on some candy and other goodies that people were handing out.

“It also gets the parents out and exercising as well,” Ernewein said.

If you would like to volunteer next year to be a part of the Pumpkin Patrol you can contact Bob Ernewein at robert.ernewein@ontario.ca.

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