Decatur Police invite ghosts, goblins and other monsters to ‘Trunk or Treat’

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 31, 2016
A Little Lion Marches in the Decatur Halloween Parade. File Photo provided by Lee Coursey.

A Little Lion Marches in the Decatur Halloween Parade. File Photo provided by Lee Coursey.

Decatur Police will be holding pop-up Trunk or Treat stations today, Oct. 31.

From Police Lt. Jennifer Ross:

Decatur Police officers will be conducting pop-up trunk or treat stops at the following locations and times.  Stop by to say hello to officers and pick up more treats!

Officers will be at the following locations at 7 p.m.:

–          In front of Oakhurst Elementary

–          Maxwell Street and 3rd Avenue

–          In front of Winnona Park Elementary

–          South McDonough Street and West Hill Street

–          Glendale Avenue at Mt. Vernon Drive

–          Electric Avenue at Robin Street

–          Adair Street at Hibernia Avenue

–          Kathryn Avenue at Chelsea Drive

Officers will be at the following locations at 7:30 p.m.:

–          Ansley Street at Adams Street

–          In front of FAVE on 5th Avenue

–          Kirk Road at Oldfield Road

–          Garland Avenue at Brower Street

–          In front of The Church at Decatur Heights on Sycamore Drive

–          In front of Clairemont Elementary

–          Clarion Avenue at Nelson Ferry Road

–          Superior Avenue at Willow Lane

Ross also provided some Trick or Treat safety tips for drivers and pedestrians:

Trick or Treat Safety Tips

–          Costumes and candy bags should be bright or reflective so children can be seen. Carrying a flashlight and putting reflective tape on costumes is another option.

–          Masks, costumes and shoes should be well-fitting to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.

–          Children should stay on sidewalks, look both ways before crossing streets and use established crosswalks wherever possible.

–          Props like swords, knives and other objects should be made of soft or flexible material.

–          Only visit homes with a front porch light on; and kids should only enter homes if they’re with a trusted adult. Otherwise, Trick-or-Treaters should stay outside.

Reminder to Drivers

–          Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

–          Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

–          Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

–          Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

–          Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot and be spotted from greater distances.

–          Popular trick or treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours

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