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Valdosta Police to Have Extra Patrols for Trick-or-Treating Hours

Trick or Treat
Posted at 4:35 AM, Oct 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-15 04:35:00-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) -- The City of Valdosta is gearing up for Halloween!

The Valdosta Police Department has announced the annual trick-or-treating festivities are set for  Saturday, October 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Valdosta kids are a part of an estimated 41 million children across the U.S. who will be out trick-or-treating this Halloween for an estimated $22 billion of chocolate and other candy. Firefighter and police officer costumes remain as two of the top picks for young trick-or-treaters.

VPD says extra police patrol will be scheduled during the scheduled trick-or-treating hours.

Valdosta Police also offer these safety tips for families:

- Children should walk in pairs, and always stay on the sidewalk.

- Adults should accompany children, especially those under age 12.

- Children should wear reflective clothing.

- Adults should pin a slip of paper on their children with their 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.

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

- Children who eat a meal before they trick-or-treat may be less likely to eat the candy before an adult can approve it.          

- Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

- Motorists should drive slowly and cautiously through residential neighborhoods. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.