SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – With Halloween falling on a Sunday, some municipalities and police departments are recommending trick-or-treaters instead go door-to-door on Saturday.
Take a look below at the suggested hours. We’ll be adding more times to the list as we confirm them.
A Chatham County spokesperson tells WSAV the county is not weighing in on trick-or-treating dates.
“The Chatham County Police Department will take extra care on Halloween to patrol neighborhoods, and the officers usually have candy to hand out as well,” Public Information Director Catherine Glasby said.
The Effingham County Board of Commissioners recommends trick-or-treating on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.
The city of Hinesville is recommending trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
The city of Jesup suggests trick-or-treating between 6 and 8 p.m. on Saturday.
“In light of the current pandemic, we suggest that if you do allow your children to go trick or treating, they practice social distancing and wear a protective mask to protect themselves and others,” a statement from the city reads. “Homes that want to participate in giving out Halloween candy are encouraged to remind children to social distance as they trick or treat.”
The Pooler Police Department, along with city officials, decided trick-or-treating will take place on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m.
According to the department, extra patrol officers will be out to help ensure children are staying safe and having fun.
The city is observing Halloween from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Port Wentworth Police Department is asking parents and guardians to make sure their children are supervised. Meanwhile, extra officers will be on duty throughout the city to ensure their safety.
After surveying nearly 2,000 residents, the city of Richmond Hill announced trick-or-treating will take place Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Officials said keeping Halloween on Sunday won with 60% of the vote.
The Rincon Police Department will have additional patrol from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
The Savannah Police Department is recommending kids trick or treat on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.
The department also issued the following safety advice for Halloween.
For trick-or-treaters and parents/guardians:
- Only visit familiar, well-lit neighborhoods and homes that have their porch lights on.
- Walk on the sidewalk and observe all traffic laws.
- Parents should inspect children’s candy before they eat any. If anything is unwrapped or looks suspicious, throw it away.
- Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight and are wearing costumes that do not restrict their vision, could cause them to trip, are flame retardant and are light colored and visible. Consider placing reflective tape on costumes or treat bags.
- Don’t run! Walk.
- Never go into a stranger’s home.
- Always trick or treat with an adult.
- Notify police of any suspicious activity.
- Only hand out commercially wrapped candy.
- Only turn your porch light on if you welcome trick-or-treaters.
- Secure pets.
- Drive slowly and be aware of children who could dart in and out of traffic or between parked cars.
- Avoid distractions, like using your cell phone or listening to loud music, which affect your ability to see or hear children.
- Never drink and drive.