The city of Headland is preparing for ghosts, goblins and witches of all sorts to take over the city streets a week from today.
The city will observe Halloween next Thursday from 6-8 p.m. The Headland Police Department encourages parents and trick-or-treaters to make sure safety is included during their night of horror.
“We want everyone to have a safe time as they enjoy trick-or-treating,” said HPD Chief Mark Jones. “This is a night that children should be able to just enjoy dressing up and receiving candy. However, safety must also play a key factor.”
Chief Jones has provided a few safety tips to help ensure the only scary things the children see on Halloween are costumes:
* Always trick-or-treat in pairs or groups
* Remember to carry a flashlight or glow stick
* Be alert and keep your eyes focused on traffic near you
* Wear a costume that fits (costumes worn that are too big can make you trip and fall)
* Always trick-or-treat at homes you are familiar with
* If the porch light is not on, do not knock
* Never eat candy until it has been checked out by an adult
* Remember to return home at the time you were given
HPD will have all available patrol cars patrolling subdivisions throughout the city limits and especially at the square during the chamber’s Halloween Scream.
“This is a night set up for children to just have fun,” Jones said. “However, the department will be out making our presence known while the children are observing the hours of trick-or-treating. I want to remind all motorists to pay extra attention to roads during Halloween. Children are in a hurry and ready to get their next treat of candy. Sometimes, this may cause them to not pay attention to the streets and roads like they should. So, I ask you to slow down and pay extra attention to your surroundings. The streets will be filled with of children of all ages with one thing on their mind - candy.”
HPD reminds motorists who plan to attend Halloween parties that officers will also be monitoring streets for individuals that are driving under the influence.
“Drinking and driving will not be tolerated,” Jones said. “If you want to celebrate this Halloween by drinking, make sure you have a designated driver. If you are the one hosting a party, make sure you have someone assigned to get attendees home safely or have room available for them to stay the night. Once again, Halloween is fun time. It is not a time for mischief.”