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Going trick-or-treating? Check out these safety tips

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Thursday night is the night when children will be roaming streets across Metro Atlanta, searching for the houses with the best candy.

Practice some of the following tips so that you and your little goblin can enjoy a night on the town gathering sweets and treats.

  • Children should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult; look left, right and left again when crossing the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible
  • Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose face paint or make-up whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as be seen by drivers.

If you are driving, be sure to follow these steps to protect children who are trick-or-treating:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones. Children are excited and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive more slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and be sure to drive with your full headlights on so you can spot children from greater distances.
  • Remember that costumes can limit children's visibility and they may not be able to easily see your vehicle.

Sex offenders under parole supervision in Georgia will be subjected to a dusk to dawn curfew or attending programming this Halloween.

Parole officers will team with local law enforcement in making residence checks to ensure sex offenders are not participating in Halloween activities. They will be prohibited from decorating, having outside lights turned on or answering the door and giving out treats.

"As a paroling authority, and as parole officers, it's our job to ensure offenders in the community are in compliance and we want everyone to know we're providing this measure of public safety during Halloween, so that they (the public) do feel safe and have no concerns as they enjoy Halloween activities," said Parole's Field Operations Director David Morrison.

If going to a sex offender's house is a concern, you can always download one of the many apps that tells you which houses sex offenders live in.

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