Halloween mostly is known among children as a fun night of candy-collecting, but the holiday has a darker side — one authorities hope parents will be wary of.
Ludowici Police Chief Robert Poppell said that he and his department want everyone to have a good time and be safe. The chief encourages children to trick-or-treat in groups with an adult chaperone. Children should stay in well-lit areas and only go to homes that have lights on. Trick-or-treaters should take along flashlights and make sure their costumes are brightly colored or outfitted with reflective tape, Poppell said. After the fun is over, parents should check their kids’ candy before anyone is allowed to eat it.
Ludowici’s trick-or-treating hours are from 6-9 p.m., and the police department will give out candy to any little ones who drop by. Poppell said that he and his department also plan to take part in Smiley Elementary’s trunk-or-treat event Friday at the school.
Poppell also encourages all area residents to support the Long County Protective Services by visiting the annual haunted house at Fire Station No. 4 on Marcus Nobles Road. The attraction will be open Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, and all proceeds will benefit the protective services. The event will feature hayrides and food.
“You will be in for a good scare for a great cause,” Poppell said.
In other public-safety news, Poppell said that communication officers Samantha Strickland and Alison Wyatt recently completed the Georgia Basic Jail Officers Training course at the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office in Augusta. He said the course consisted of an 80-hour class conducted by the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Poppell said that both officers demonstrated professionalism in completing the course.