SEGUIN -- Amidst so much grim news, we want to bring you an uplifting story of something happening inside the Seguin Police Department.
Officers are working to ensure no child is left without a Halloween costume… but only if they take a little oath in the process.
"We know there's a need out there for any child who wants to experience Halloween," said Officer Carlos Contreras, Public Information Officer of the Seguin Police Department.
Contreras posted a picture and a video on the department's Facebook page announcing the giveaway on a first come, first serve basis.
Any child in need of a costume can stop in the police department and pick their favorite.
"That's very wonderful of them that they take the time to think about our children and their safety," said Mayra Cantu, who took her daughter to pick up a costume at the police department Thursday evening.
Even if it's after hours, families can pick up a costume. All they need to do is ring the doorbell by the front desk and let dispatch know they have a child in need of a costume.
Before the child leaves, they get a sticker badge and make a special promise.
"I, state your name, promise to be safe on Halloween. I will watch carefully for cars, and especially when I cross any streets. I also promise I won't eat any of my candy unless my mommy or daddy has checked it out. I promise to have fun and always be safe," Contreras recited.
After the oath, each child becomes an official Halloween Junior Safety Officer.
"When you watch them, watch their kids having an awesome moment of, 'Look what I got! I got a costume! I got a chance to wear a costume!' That's priceless," Contreras said. "As long as we have costumes, we will be more than happy to give them to a child in need."
If you'd like to donate costumes to keep the giveaway going, please take them by the Seguin Police Department.
On Halloween night, the Seguin Police Department will host their annual Safe House at the Seguin Event Complex from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It will be a safe area for the kids to have fun with their families, with plenty of candy to enjoy.
If you'd like to donate candy or volunteer at the Seguin Police Department's annual Halloween Safe House, call 830-379-2123 and ask for Officer Hope Vasquez.