Thanks to numerous organizations in the community, Graham kids can once again look forward to celebrating a safe and fun Halloween on the Downtown Square.

The men in red and blue, including Graham Fire and Rescue, Graham/Young County Ambulance Medical Service, Graham Police and the Young County Sheriff's Office will be on hand Thursday, Oct. 31, to dole out candy and treats.

Graham Fire Fighter, Captain Greg Speck, said they first invited children to drop by the fire station for treats several years ago, but quickly outgrew the fire station.

“This is our seventh year at the square,” Speck said. “After our first year, so many kids turned out, we decided to move it to the square. Our goal is for the kids to come out, visit with the firemen, have a safe time and get some candy.

“That's the whole thing about Halloween — we want our kids to be safe and have fun. The rest of us get to have a great time and play. We want to make Halloween on the Square as safe as it can be.”

And now, with law enforcement and EMTs joining them, Speck said it's a great time for children to meet and recognize local officials that would be able to help them should they ever need it.

“We see them in costumes and stuff like that, so it is a lot of fun,” said Speck. “We invite everyone to come out, bring their kids and have a great time. It's on a school night, so we need to get the kids through and let them have a safe time so they can get back home.”

Read the entire story in this weekend's edition of the Graham Leader.