COLUMBUS, Ga- As Halloween approaches our local police want to remind parents to be very cautious if their children are trick-or-treating on neighborhood streets.
Cassie Tolbert, a mother of two, says her kids are anxiously waiting to go trick-or-treating.
Tolbert said, “My four year old gets so excited because she loves dressing up and she loves candy, so she gets really excited to go trick or treating door to door.”
This year Columbus Police are encouraging parents to take their kids trick or treating when they get off from work.
The set hours are from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Major J.D. Hawk said, “Go out as a family and that’s very important because we do not want kids trick or treating by themselves.”
Tolbert says her family only feels comfortable trick or treating in well-lit neighborhoods.
“We definitely stay with them and we keep them close. We walk them to the door and we definitely check the candy once we get home to make sure everything looks safe,” said Tolbert.
If you are participating police say it’s important to turn on your porch lights and If you aren’t just keep them off.
Columbus Police offer some helpful safety tips for parents and chaperons accompanying the children.
Major Hawk said, “Make sure that their colors can be seen easily and if they have a costume that is dark colored, make sure to put some kind of reflective tape on the costume.”
Hawk discourages parents from letting their kids eat unsealed foods from strangers.
He said, “If they do come across an apple they need to inspect and make sure there are no cuts in it or anything like that.”
Phenix City Police suggest children trick-or-treat between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday
Fort Benning Officials are asking residents to trick-or-treat between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday.