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Milton Police Chief Offers Costume, Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

Keep costumes short and trick-or-treat in familiar places are a few of the tips Police Chief Deborah Harrell shared.

Milton Police Chief Deborah Harrell issued a list of tips to keep trick-or-treaters safe on Halloween, which falls on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The Costume 

  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
  • Use make-up instead of a mask. Masks often obstruct a child's vision, making tasks like crossing the street and going up and down stairs dangerous.
  • Make sure children wear light colors, put reflective tape on their costumes, or carry flashlights and/or glow sticks. The chances of a child getting hit by a car increase by four times on Halloween, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.

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The Trick or Treating 

  • Make sure older children trick-or-treat with friends, never alone, and carry a cell phone for emergencies. Parents should map out a safe route and stress staying in well-lighted, populated areas. Adults should accompany young children.
  • Instruct children to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
  • Remind children not to enter the homes or cars of strangers. Instruct them to scream and run if a stranger stops them and offers them candy to get in a vehicle.
  • Follow your community's trick-or-treating hours (generally early afternoon to 9 p.m. in Milton, though this varies by neighborhood, so check with your neighbors or homeowners' association). 
  • A good alternative to "trick-or-treating" is for parents to organize parties at home, in schools, or in community centers.
  • If driving your children from neighborhood to neighborhood, be extra careful and:
    • Place something highly visible on your car (like an electric Jack-O-Lantern) so your child does not accidentally get in another person's vehicle
    • Drive below the posted speed limit 
    • Do not text or use a cell phone
    • Do not pass stopped cars, as they may be letting out children
    • Park in a safe spot and use hazard lights while dropping children off 

The Treats 

  • Remind children not to eat any of their treats until they get home.
  • Parents should check all treats at home in a well-lighted area and dispose of anything that seems to have been tampered with, has been opened, or is not wrapped.
  • Remember to also inspect fruits for anything suspicious. 

As always, the City of Milton Police Department is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist residents. In an emergency, always call 911. Otherwise, dial 678-297-6300 Option 1 for the non-emergency dispatch line or visit the department's Facebook page by clicking here.

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