SAVANNAH, GA (October 14, 2019) – Halloween is right around the corner, and Savannah Police Department is gearing up for the holiday by offering safety tips, including recommended trick-or-treat times, and information on police-sponsored events.

SPD recommends that trick-or-treating take place Thursday, Oct. 31 between 5-8 p.m.

On Thursday, Oct. 17, Pumpkin Painting with Police will be held at Daffin Park near the playground, 1301 E. Victory Drive, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Activities include pumpkin painting, bounce houses, a game bus, face painting, a magic show by Magic Marc, appearances by McGruff the Crime Dog, games, music and lots of candy. Children are encouraged to come in costume and bring candy bags. The event is free to the public.

Central Precinct will be holding trick or treating at its new precinct, located at 1710 Martin Luther King Blvd., from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31. Officers will be giving out candy to trick or treaters during the Central Precinct Safe Neighborhood’s Spooktacular.

Safety tips for trick-or-treaters and parents:

  • Trick or treat only during the suggested timeframe – 5-8 p.m. on Oct. 31
  • Only visit familiar, well-lit neighborhoods and homes that have their porch lights on.
  • Walk on the sidewalk and observe all traffic laws.
  • Parents should inspect children’s candy before they eat any. If anything is unwrapped or looks suspicious, throw it away.
  • Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight and are wearing costumes that do not restrict their vision, could cause them to trip, are flame retardant and are light colored and visible. Consider placing reflective tape on costumes or treat bags.
  • Don’t run! Walk.
  • Never go into a stranger’s home.
  • Always trick or treat with an adult.
  • Notify police of any suspicious activity.

Safety Tips for Homeowners:

  • Only hand out commercially wrapped candy.
  • Only turn your porch light on if you welcome trick-or-treaters.
  • Secure pets.

Safety Tips for Motorists:

  • Drive slowly and be aware of children who could dart in and out of traffic or between parked cars.
  • Avoid distractions, like using your cell phone or listening to loud music, which affect your ability to see or hear children.
  • NEVER drink and drive.