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Syracuse Non-Profit Creates A Safe Halloween Alternative

By Peter Levchuck, Syracuse, NY (NCC News) — Halloween night is a night filled with trick-or-treaters, candy wrappers littering the streets, and concerns about the safety of children, especially in the Northside of Syracuse.

The community is still mourning the loss of James Springer, the 12-year-old boy who was killed outside of his home earlier this month. Even after Governor Andrew Cuomo deployed state troopers into the area to patrol the streets, parents are still concerned about the safety of their kids.

Seeing the need for a safer way of celebrating the holiday, Tillie’s Touch, a non-profit organization based in Syracuse, is hosting a new approach to trick-or-treating. The event, which is open to all children, starts with costumes and involves games, music, and candy stations with all the candy one could want.

This is the first year of the event, according to executive director of Tillie’s Touch and event planner Dale Johnson.

“As a parent myself, I would be nervous if my child was out trick or treating in the same neighborhoods that I know someone else’s child passed away in,” Johnson said.

Tillie’s Touch has been helping out communities like Syracuse’s Northside for years. Since 2009, the organization has been working with children in Syracuse by giving the chance to play sports. Many of these children don’t have the equipment to play, and Tillie’s Touch wants to give them those opportunities.

Costumes will be provided for children who don’t have their own, and entry is free of cost.

The event takes place this Halloween from 5-7 P.M. at The Venue, which is connected to Assumption Church on North Salina Street.