Harrison County

Celebrate Halloween on the beach and help fight crime

A Halloween costume contest, monster-comedy movie, free food and police displays are on tap Friday night as the Gulfport Police Department holds its Night Out Against Crime at Jones Park.
A Halloween costume contest, monster-comedy movie, free food and police displays are on tap Friday night as the Gulfport Police Department holds its Night Out Against Crime at Jones Park.

What happens when you mix police with a beachfront and Halloween fun? One of the Coast’s most unusual Night Out Against Crime celebrations and another reason to enjoy a free community event.

This year’s celebration starts at 6 p.m. Friday at the Barksdale Pavilion in Jones Park.

A costume contest starts at 6:30 p.m. and Cinema By the Spooky Shore will be a 7:15 p.m. screening of “Hotel Transylvania 2.” The Gulfport Police Department will display its equipment, and participants can receive Halloween bags, safety tips, pizza and other refreshments at no cost.

Jones Park is just south of U.S 90, east of U.S. 49. Additional parking will be available north of U.S. 90, where you can cross the highway on foot at the 20th Avenue entrance to Jones Park .

For details, call the Department of Leisure Services at 228-868-5881.

Night Out Against Crime, observed in cities nationwide, has several goals: To strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; to generate support for and participation in anti-crime programs; and to send a message to criminals that law-abiding residents are fighting back by working with police.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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