With Halloween creeping up, Savannah Police offer safety guidelines, host events

With Halloween creeping up, Savannah Police have released a set of recommendations for residents to enjoy safe gatherings.

SPD encourages families and friends to trick or treat from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, and to adhere to COVID-19 protocols, such as wearing masks and maintaining safe social distances. The department also offers the following suggestions:

  • Only visit familiar, well-lit neighborhoods and homes that have their porch lights on.
  • Always trick-or-treat with an adult.
  • Walk on the sidewalk and observe all traffic laws.
  • Never go into a stranger's home.
  • Notify police of any suspicious activity.

Parents should:

  • Ensure 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.
  • Inspect children's candy before they eat any. If anything is unwrapped or looks suspicious, throw it away.

Police-sponsored Halloween events

To help celebrate the holiday, Savannah Police will host other Halloween-themed events throughout the weekend:

6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 29, Northwest Precinct's Trunk or Treat, 602 E. Lathrop Ave., includes games and candy.

5 to 8 p.m., Oct. 29, Eastside Precinct partners with Economic Opportunity for Savannah, CABS Autism and Behavior Specialists, and Savannah Falcons Semi-Pro football team for Trunk or Treat at Daffin Park, 1301 E. Victory Drive.

5 to 8 p.m., Oct. 30, Central Precinct officers, driving in the SPD Mobile Command Bus, will hand out candy and special SPD swag.

Noon to 3 p.m., Oct. 31, Southside Precinct officers will pass out candy at Tribble Park, 12517 Largo Drive, and around the Kensington Park neighborhood.

Drew Favakeh is the public safety and public health reporter for Savannah Morning News. You can reach him at AFavakeh@savannahnow.com.

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