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This Halloween, area school bus drivers will dress up in costumes and drive around in a Halloween-decorated bus to spread some joy — and candy.

First Student bus drivers will drive the bus around Jefferson City and Holts Summit neighborhoods from about 12:30- 4:30 p.m. Saturday to pass out candy to children.

Bus driver Roxanna Meudt and First Student Location Manager Stephen Vensor came up with the idea as a way for children to have fun and receive candy on Halloween while minimizing contact amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meudt said she plans for the bus to have a cowbell so people will know if it's in their neighborhood. The bus will go through different neighborhoods between the east and west ends of Jefferson City and some mobile home parks in Holts Summit, Meudt said. The bus drivers are also using suggestions to determine places to visit.

"We do have addresses people have sent us to ask us if we can go by there, and we're going to do our best to do those with the time that we have," Meudt said.

This is the first time First Student has done this event, but Meudt said she hopes there's a good turnout so they can do it again next year.

While traditional Halloween activities might be different this year, Vensor said, he hopes First Student can spread some joy through this event.

"We thought that this was a good way of bringing some cheer to some young children in our community," he said.

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