ALBANY, Ga. -- The traditional "Pumpkin Patrol" will be out and about, but Albany Police Department officers would also like people to take care while trick-or-treaters grab candy today.
Many area communities including Albany, Leesburg and Camilla, moved the Halloween celebration to today instead of the traditional Oct. 31 because it falls on a Sunday this year.
No matter the day, safety is the top concern for everyone involved with the candy fest.
"We want children to have a good time," said APD Sgt. Kinshishi Adams, "but we want parents to be with the kids in groups on the sidewalks."
The Albany Police Department sends out a "Pumpkin Patrol" to monitor traffic, keep people on sidewalks, return lost children home and generally lend a hand in keeping everyone safe. Officials say it always helps if parents and children follow some tips to keep themselves safe:
- Start early while it is still light.
- Walk in groups of four or five, preferably with an adult.
- Carry one or two flashlights to see and be seen by drivers.
- Wear light, reflective material on back and front.
- Stay on the sidewalks in your neighborhood. Avoid crossing larger streets such as Oglethorpe and Slappey boulevards.
- Go to residences with porch lights lit. No lights, skip the house. Adults should go to the residence with their children.
- Wear masks on top of the head as you walk between homes so that you can see clearly.
- Drivers should put their headlights on even if it isn't dark. They should also drive more slowly as if they were in a school zone when school lets out.
- Check all Halloween goodies before children unwrap and eat them to make sure they have not been re-wrapped with other materials.