Community Involvement

CDCR staff get into Halloween spirit

Costumes, kids and fall festivals

Compiled by Don Chaddock, Inside CDCR editor
Office of Public and Employee Communications

Across the state, staff at CDCR institutions and divisions donned costumes for contests, passed out candy to trick-or-treaters or got into the spirit of Halloween through decorations.

Group activities such as these help foster creativity, team-building and camaraderie.

Mann in a Star Wars costume passes out candy to costumed children and their parents.
CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz greeted staff and their children during the Secretary’s Open House on Halloween.

CDCR Headquarters

The annual Halloween open house, hosted by CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz, drew dozens of employees’ children, who toured parts of the building and visited the executive staff. The CDCR leadership handed out candy and posed for photos.

CDCR Headquarters staff also held a costume contest, ensuring other off-site areas were invited to participate via electronic submissions.

Little kids in Star Wars costumes, someone in a bear outfit and people standing beside an open trunk.
KVSP staff volunteered their time and money to participate in the community Trunk-or-Treat event.

Kern Valley State Prison

On Oct.28, KVSP participated in the community Trunk-or-Treat event at Caesar Chavez Park in Delano.

The event was developed to provide the kids in Delano a safe and friendly environment to dress up in Halloween costumes and Trick or Treat. KVSP staff donated candy for the more than 1,000 kids who attended this event.

KVSP set up one of Medical’s SUVs and decorated the trunk, then handed out candy from 2 to 7:30 p. m.

Staff volunteers included all KVSP staff donating about $600 worth of candy, six KVSP staff donating their time to assist with the event, and “Tuff Teddy” donated from California Correctional Peace Officers Association.

Collage of photos showing a cut-out of a shark in a vehicle trunk and various other people in costumes and regular clothing.
From the top left, clockwise, administration staff donned costumes; some creative vehicle trunks were open for trick-or-treating; a correctional officer’s dog got into character; CDCR custody staff give the event a thumbs-up; a princess smiles at the camera and food is cooked at the festival.
CSP-Los Angeles County

According to Lt. Karla Graves, LAC held is second fall festival at the institution on Oct. 19.

The event was open to the community and featured costumes, food, law enforcement partners, a haunted house, car show and trunk-or-treating.

Kids trick-or-treat at the CHP parking lot.
The Crescent City CHP hosted a Halloween event for the community. Pelican Bay State Prison staff decorated the trunk of a vehicle and handed out candy as well.
Pelican Bay State Prison

Crescent City’s first Halloween Trunk-or-Treat, coordinated by the CHP, drew plenty of families on Oct. 31. “It was a stellar community event,” wrote Correctional Lt. Del Higgerson. “It was a huge success.” Pelican Bay State Prison staff participated alongside other first responders, businesses and churches. There over 50 trunks for kids to visit, with more than 1,000 kids attending.

Large group of people in costumes.
Pelican Bay State Prison administration staff.

Pelican Bay State Prison administration staff also donned costumes at the institution.

Photos showing people in costumes, another of a man in military-style uniform and gear, and another of a decorated truck billowing fog.
Costumes and decorated trunks were hosted by Salinas Valley State Prison and the Correctional Training Facility. The day had something for everyone, including displays by the crisis response team, an obstacle course and a bounce house.
Salinas Valley State Prison & Correctional Training Facility

The SVSP/CTF’s ninth annual Family Day took was a little different this year. The family-themed day was combined with Halloween for a Trunk-or-Treat event.

SVSP/CTF staff decorated their vehicle trunks and passed out candy for several children who attended. There was also a haunted house, bounce house and obstacle course in addition to a chili and pie contest.

This event is about giving back to prison staff and their families.

Photo of various people in costumes.
The seven dwarfs and another group in sports costumes at CSP-Solano.

It was a costumed craze for non-custody employees at California State Prison, Solano. Snow White’s seven dwarfs could be found in one area of the institution while other areas featured sports-themed costumes.