Lowndes Co. Sheriff Encourages Safety This Halloween

Posted at 6:31 PM, Oct 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-06 18:31:00-04

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL)--Although the City of Valdosta has moved trick or treating to November 1, trick or treating in unincorporated Lowndes County is still set for Friday, October 31.

The Lowndes County deputies will be patrolling both nights to ensure the safety of residents.

Here are some tips from the sheriff's office:

· Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.

· Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

· Children should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

· Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

· When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

· Inspect all treats carefully, prior to consumption.

In the event of an emergency, or to report suspicious activity, deputies say residents should dial 911 immediately. The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office is wishing everyone a safe and happy Halloween.