PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Local police officers are gearing up for Halloween and they’re hoping to connect with kids and parents on a different level this year.

Trick-or-treaters will be going door-to-door in neighborhoods all over the city. For a third year in a row, they can make an extra stop at the police station in their community.

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“We pack the bags here and we’ll take them to the police zones, where they’ll be distributed to the kids that stop by the police stations to come in and meet their local police officers,” Fort Pitt Lodge No 1 President Howard McQuillan said.

Members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1 and their family members collected the candy and then stuffed the treats into bags.

The kids will surely enjoy the goodies, but for the officers, there will be a sweeter reward.

It’s all about the positive interaction in a positive environment.

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“When we typically show up, it’s when people are in distress or in need and it’s not necessarily a very nice way to meet with police officers,” McQuillan said.

The candy will be handed out at all of the Pittsburgh police zones, as well as headquarters on the North Side.

Police are also reminding people to play it safe while trick-or-treating.

Travel in groups, with parents, and pay close attention to the candy.

“If you do notice that there is anything with the candy that might be open or looks like it’s been tampered with, just discard it, obviously don’t eat it,” McQuillan said.

Trick-or-treating in the City of Pittsburgh is Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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