SAVANNAH, GA (October 18, 2022): 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 trick or treating take place on Monday, Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m. During that time, officers will be visiting neighborhoods for the additional safety of trick or treaters. Due to Halloween falling on Monday, SPD understands that there will also be celebrations and festivities throughout the prior weekend. Officers will also be patrolling the heavily traveled neighborhoods and areas throughout that weekend.
SPD is partnering with Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, Chatham County Police Department as well as other public safety departments and business partners in the area to hold Halloween with Heroes from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, 1050 Carl Griffin Drive.
In addition, Savannah Police’s Community Engagement Division will be loading thousands of pieces of candy into their cars to deliver to children in neighborhoods throughout Savannah on Halloween night.
In an effort to keep everyone safe, SPD advises trick or treaters of all ages, from children and parents to adult participants, review the Halloween safety tips.
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.