Valdosta Daily Times

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October 25, 2013

Halloween in Valdosta

Trick-or-treat, haunted houses, more

VALDOSTA — It’s that time of the year again, when ghosts, ghouls and goblins, will soon be roaming the streets of Valdosta. The Times wants to remind children and residents to stay safe, and be aware of your surroundings.

These event will be gone before you know it, so enjoy them while they’re here. They’ll have you in fits, but won’t return for another year.

TRICK-OR-TREATING

Valdosta Police Department has announced that the city’s annual trick-or-treating activity will take place 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Extra police patrols will be scheduled during this time to ensure the evening is both safe and enjoyable.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution and to be on the lookout for young trick-or-treaters. More information: Contact Valdosta Police Department Cmdr. Bernard Robinson, (229) 293-3104.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

The City of Valdosta offered the following safety tips for Trick-or-Treating:

• Children should walk in pairs.

• Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

• Adults should accompany children under 12.

• Children should wear flame-resistant costumes, and fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see them.

• Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.

• Adults should pin a slip of paper on their children with the child’s name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case he or she gets separated from the group.

• In addition to selecting a safe route with good lighting, children should also be equipped with flashlights with fresh batteries or glow sticks to increase visibility.

• Children should look both ways before crossing the street, and use established crosswalks wherever possible.

• Adults should inspect treats before children are allowed to eat them. Throw out unwrapped or unpackaged candy.

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