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Have fun, but take extra care on Halloween

By BETH ALSTON
beth.alston@americustimesrecorder.com
www.americustimesrecorder.com

AMERICUS — Halloween is fast approaching and Saturday, Oct. 31, is the big night. With an influx of literally thousands of children on the city streets, especially in the South Lee Street area, extra caution is advised.
Maj. Richard McCorkle of the Americus Police Department said there will be a heavy police presence out that night for the protection of all. He said marked and unmarked patrol cars will be in the area and two or more officers will be on foot patrolling the South Lee Street area.
Parents are urged to accompany their little trick-or-treaters and to start early and so they can finish early. McCorkle also advised that parents should accompany their children across the street at crosswalks only, to ensure safety. Parents are also advised to monitor what is going into their children’s trick-or-treat bags, making sure that candy has not been opened.
The major reminds homeowners to keep their porch and other outside lights on to increase visibility.
This is a fun time for children but safety is of utmost importance.
McCorkle said if there are any problems, to call 911.
And don’t forget that the Americus Kiwanis Club hosts its annual Pet Parade Thursday downtown. Registration starts at 3:30 p.m. in front of First Presbyterian Church. The parade starts at 4 p.m. and prizes will be awarded in several categories afterward.
Downtown Trick-or-Treat is from 4-6 p.m. for participating downtown merchants. Children participating will be required to have a specific bag which their parents can pick up from a tent in the parking lot of the Americus Police Department.