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Officials stressing Halloween safety
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Ethan Stoeckig throws a bean bag through one of the holes of a game Wednesday evening at the Trunk or Treat at Johns Creek Baptist Church. - photo by Emily Saunders
Safety tips for Halloween

* Use a flashlight when trick-or-treating.

* Obey all traffic and pedestrian rules.

* Watch for treats that are unwrapped or spoiled.

* Do not use masks that limit visibility, hearing or breathing.

* Make sure children know to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch fire.

* Check porches and walkways for tripping hazards.

* Agree on a curfew to return home.

* Never enter a stranger’s home for a treat.

* Watch carefully for motorists and cross streets at intersections.

* Use flashers if driving slowly through neighborhoods and always use headlights.

* Do not overload electrical outlets with lights and holiday decorations.

* Notify authorities of any suspicious activity.

* For more tips, go online at

Source: Forsyth County Fire Department

Public safety officials are encouraging goblins and ghouls of all ages to have a fun but safe Halloween.

The celebration known for costumes, candy and cackling is Saturday.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said motorists should be cautious of children and adults walking through neighborhoods.

“Expect a lot of traffic in and around subdivision streets,” he said. “We will have a heavy presence and during trick-or-treat hours we will be concentrating in subdivisions.”

Huggins said adults who plan on attending parties should also be cautious.

“We will be running safety checkpoints and we won’t have any tolerance for drinking and driving,” he said.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers agreed, noting more people likely will be out this year since Halloween falls on a weekend.

“We expect the crowds will probably be stronger and there will be more children out and about because it’s not a school night,” Shivers said. “We’ll be on alert as always.”

Both agencies have recommended various safety tips, including making sure children’s costumes are brightly colored and have reflective patches or tape on them.

Officials also stressed that children be accompanied by adults and that candy is checked before eating.