Tips for trick-or-treaters from local law enforcement
• Supervise children
• Inspect all candy before consumption
• Wear bright and visible colors and/or reflective materials
• Carry a flashlight
• Approach only homes with exterior lights turned on
• Use the sidewalk
• Consult the sex offender registry for the neighborhood where you'll be trick or treating
Before the pint-sized ghosts and goblins haunt the streets Monday, local law enforcement officers are giving tips to make everything all right on fright night.
“Our largest concern is children and traffic,” Gainesville Police Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said. “Those never mix well together.”
Police are asking for drivers to be more alert when children are out Monday for Halloween trick-or-treating.
Other tips for children include wearing bright colors and carrying a flashlight, and parents are advised to keep close supervision and inspect candy before consumption.
Across the country, creepy clown sightings have caused a nationwide hysteria.
Both the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Gainesville Police said they have not had a confirmed clown report locally.
“We have had a couple calls as far as individuals claiming to have seen them. However, upon arrival, there’s nothing there,” Holbrook said.
When choosing the trick-or-treating path, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Hall County government provide searchable tools for registered sex offenders.
“Sex offenders who are on active probation or parole will be required to report to the Department of Community Supervision office that evening and remain there until 10 p.m.,” Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stephen Wilbanks wrote in an email.
Wilbanks said investigators will team up with probation officers “to ensure compliance.”