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Trick-or-treaters encouraged to play it safe

As October 31 approaches, local law enforcement officials want to remind everyone of ways to keep their Halloween celebrations safe and happy.

Greenville will officially conduct Trick or Treat on Thursday night, Oct. 30 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. As usual, the siren will sound to signal the beginning and the end of Trick or Treat time. With the McKenzie Tigers and Georgiana Panthers playing varsity football on Thursday night , official Trick-or-Treat Time is set for Friday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in both cities. Sirens will also signal in south Butler County the start and end times for trick-or-treat.

“We encourage all parents and guardians to make sure they or another responsible adult always accompanies young children on their neighborhood rounds,” says Chief Lonzo Ingram of the GPD.

“Stick to neighborhoods you are familiar with and only visit homes where the porch light has been left on,” Ingram advises.

Here are other tips from the GPD to share with your trick-or-treaters:

– Use a flashlight so you can see and be seen by others.

– Remain on well-lit streets and stay on the sidewalk.

– If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.

– Stay in a group, walk slowly – and never, ever run across a street!

– Obey all traffic regulations. Only cross the street as a group at established crosswalks.

– Never cut across yards or use alleys.

– Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.

– Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that be offered.

– No treats should be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.

– Law enforcement authorities should be noticed immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Greenville Parks and Recreation is hosting a Halloween Carnival for toddlers through 4th graders from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Dunbar Center. The event will feature a costume contest, games and treats, all for free.