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Tips and hours set for trick-or-treating Oct. 31
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This year, Effingham County has designated Halloween trick-or-treat hours to begin Oct. 31 at 6 p.m.

The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office will have additional deputies patrolling neighborhoods within the county as well as members of the Traffic Enforcement Unit who will be enforcing all traffic laws.

In addition, the sheriff is offering the following Halloween safety recommendations to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy Halloween:

• Wear light or brightly colored clothing that fits well and that’s short enough to prevent tripping, and add reflective tape so that drivers can see trick-or-treaters.

• Make sure children can see well through face masks, or use make-up.

• Adults should always accompany young children.  Older children should always trick-or-treat with a friend.

• Try to go out in daylight, and carry a flashlight in case of a delay and darkness.  Stay in well-lighted areas at all times.

• Advise children to stay within your neighborhood, and to only visit homes you know.

• Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.

• Parents should examine all candy before allowing children to eat it