Valdosta Trick-or-Treat Scheduled for Nov. 1

| September 12, 2014

trick or treat halloweenVALDOSTA — For the safety of all citizens, the traditional Trick-or-Treat activity—that typically takes place on Halloween night—has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1, from 6-9 p.m., within the Valdosta city limits.

The decision was made due to the traffic patrol necessary to make Halloween both safe and enjoyable, in additional to the extra law enforcement resources needed at the community’s Winnersville Classic—both of which take place on the same night this year.

“This decision was made with the safety of all citizens in mind and to most effectively utilize our personnel resources on a day where two large community events are taking place simultaneously,” said Police Chief Brian Childress. “We expect there may be some confusion, and the city is making every effort to get this word out through all channels as quickly as possible. We hope the Saturday date will allow parents and other responsible adults more time to enjoy the Trick-or-Treat festivities with their children.”

Additional law enforcement and traffic patrol will be scheduled on Saturday, Nov. 1 during the Trick-or-Treat activity. The city also offers the following practical tips for citizens and their family members to safely enjoy the traditional event:

  • Children should walk in pairs and always stay on the sidewalks.
  • Adults should accompany children under 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.

For more information, please contact Patrol Commander Bernard Robinson, at the Valdosta Police Department, at (229) 293-3104.

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