Created: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 01:16:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 01:21:55 EST
The Macon Police Department is suggesting trick or treating between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday.
MPD said to ensure that Halloween in Macon is as safe as it is enjoyable, police officers will be out in force to monitor and assist as needed.
The department also offered 30 ways to help enjoy Halloween:
- Teach children their full name, address, and home phone number in case they become separated from an adult.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone.
- Older children and teens should trick-or-treat in pairs or groups. Agree on a specific route and curfew for returning home.
- Insist that older children and teens who trick-or-treat (independent of an adult) carry a cell-phone in case of emergency or in the event a parent or adult needs to contact them quickly.
- Younger children should always be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- Look both ways when crossing the street, parking lots, or any intersection or roadway.
- Cross at established crosswalks whenever possible. They are “people protection.”
- Carry a flashlight to alert vehicles of your presence.
- Wear costumes that fit properly to avoid tripping or falling. Choose costumes in bright colors.
- Avoid masks that obstruct vision – front and side to side.
- Choose flame-resistant costumes.
- Avoid walking with costume props (swords, wands, guns, etc.) and trick-or-treat bags that are large or full. Both make walking difficult.
- Walk, don’t run, and stay on sidewalks as much as possible.
- Affix reflective tape to costumes and to trick-or-treat bags to increase your visibility.
- Never cross between parked cars.
- Never enter a stranger’s home to accept a treat.
- Never accept a ride from a stranger.
- Never approach a vehicle for a treat.
- Avoid alleyways, and as a courtesy, avoid taking shortcuts across people’s lawns.
- Stay in areas that are familiar to you. If you venture beyond your neighborhood, stay in ones that are well-lit. Avoid dark and unlit areas and homes.
- If you are distributing treats at your home, restrain your pets. If you are trick-or-treating, avoid unfamiliar animals that could present a danger.
- If you are distributing treats at your home, remove anything that could pose a danger or hazard in your yard or on your porch such as toys, sporting goods or gardening equipment.
- Assume that every driver does not see you and act accordingly. Make eye contact with a driver before proceeding into his path.
- Notify law enforcement immediately if you see anything or anyone appearing suspicious or illegal. Citizens are law enforcement’s eye and ears.
- If you are operating a vehicle on Halloween, be mindful of trick-or-treaters, particularly of children darting out of driveways, between parked cars or on residential streets.
- Do not disturb people who do not turn on their porch light.
- Check all treats upon arrival at home to ensure they have not been tampered with.
- Eat treats that are factory-wrapped. Avoid homemade treats from strangers.
- Ensure that children eat a balanced dinner before trick-or-treating to reduce overindulging.
- Portion out candy to avoid binging.