SAVANNAH, GA (October 17, 2017) –  Halloween is right around the corner, and SCMPD is gearing up for the holiday by offering safety tips, including recommended trick-or-treat times, and information on police-sponsored events.

SCMPD is recommending trick-or-treating take place Tuesday, Oct. 31 between 5-8 p.m.

On Friday, Oct. 27, Pumpkin Painting with Police will be held at SCMPD Headquarters, 201 Habersham St., from 5-7:30 p.m. Activities include pumpkin painting with police, bounce houses, a magic show by Magic Marc, appearances by McGruff the Crime Dog, games and lots of candy. Children are encouraged to come in costume and bring candy bags.

On Monday, Oct. 30 from 4-7 p.m. Savannah Impact Program (SIP) will be at the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club, 510 E. Charlton St., handing out treat bags and information packets on the services SIP provides.

Officers from several precincts will be in neighborhoods and at Halloween events handing out candy and offering safety tips. SCMPD asks that everyone consider these safety tips in the days leading up to Halloween to ensure safety of all trick-or-treaters.

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.