GALLIPOLIS — The Gallipolis Police Department announced the times for trick-or-treat activities in the city.
The annual event will be 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. GPD wants to remind all drivers to be cautious as always, but to move more slowly and pay closer attention to the road and sidewalks during this time.
The department also offers the following tips to make sure this Halloween’s festivities are safe for everyone.
Before Halloween, families should plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Shoes should fit well and costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement and contact with flames. Parents may want to consider adding reflective tape or striping to their child’s outfit and trick-or-treat bags for better visibility.
Candy beggars are asked to think about using simulated weaponry in their costumes such as simulated knives, guns or swords. If props are used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
While out trick-or-treating, police recommend carrying a flashlight so that they can be seen and see others. Stay in groups and walk slowly to communicate where you are going.
Candy beggars should only trick-or-treat in well-known neighborhoods or at homes that have porch lights on. Remain in well-lit areas and always use the sidewalk. Cross the street only at corners and other well-marked crosswalk areas. If no sidewalks are available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway while facing traffic.
Children should not cut through yards or alleys while out trick-or-treating. Never enter a stranger’s home or car for candy. Don’t assume you have the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing people while out and just because one car stopped to let a family pass does not mean others will.
Do not eat unwrapped food items or drinks that might be offered. Treats should not be eaten until inspected by adults. Pets should be confined and secured for an evening filled with activity and potentially scary sounds. Pets must be on a leash at all times and under control.
And lastly, GPD asks that you call your nearest law enforcement office or 911 immediately if families notice suspicious of unlawful activity while out.