Officer Derrick White dances off to the tune of Thriller to raise awareness to the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Darkness falls across the land and the the midnight hour is close at hand! But instead of grizzly ghouls from every tomb closing in, it's Knoxville police officer Derrick White that can't resist the thriller!

Officer White and KPD training specialist Joyce Minter starred in a very special Halloween video to raise awareness to the Teal Pumpkin Project.

MORE: Teal Pumpkin Project keeps kids with allergies safe on Halloween

In it, Officer White pulls Minter over when she realizes he's transformed into a monster... of dance! You can see his moves to the Michael Jackson classic "Thriller" below.

KPD said it was issued a "Thriller Dance Challenge" by the Tarpon Springs Police Department in Florida after the popularity of the "Hot Cop Challenge" last month to raise money for Hurricane Irma relief efforts. It said it hopes people considers displaying a teal pumpkin tonight and offer kids with food allergies a non-candy alternative for trick-or-treating.

You can donate to the Targon Police Department's efforts to help those Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases and learn more here:

The Teal Pumpkin Project was started to keep kids with EGD and various food allergies safe on Halloween. All you need to do display a teal-painted pumpkin for trick-or-treaters and make sure to dish out non-food prizes ideally and treats free of common allergens (particularly treats free of nuts and eggs).

Looking for ideas on what to hand out? Check out this list!

  • Glow sticks
  • stickers
  • pencils
  • mini notepads
  • Dracula teeth
  • bouncy balls
  • Spider rings


If you’re a parent looking for an allergy safe zone near your neighborhood, check out the Food Allergy Research Education US map!