This weekend, kids across the country will grab their costumes and candy buckets, all ready for another year of trick-or-treating. For so many, Halloween is a fun holiday, but it can also be a dangerous one. WSAV is on your side with a list of tools you can use to help keep your kids safe.
1. Trick or Tracker: This free app for Android or iPhone allows parents to keep track of multiple kids, using their smart phone. It also allows kids to send a ‘distress signal,’ letting an adult know that they need help.
2. Kids I-D: This free app gives parents the ability to create an electronic identification card for their child, before they head out for the night.
3. Offender Locator: This app allows anyone to see a list of sex offenders that are located within 20 miles of their current location, or a specific address.
4. Family GPS Tracker and Safety Center: This app, Life 360, allows adults to track their kids location at any time. This app also offers a monitoring service to identify sex offenders who may be living in the area.
Halloween Safety Tips
Safekids.org offers an extensive list of Halloween Safety Tips, all designed to keep kids safe. The list includes:
1. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
2. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose a costume that has light colors.
3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
4. Drivers: drive slowly and anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
To see the complete list from Safe Kids Worldwide click HERE.
Local Trick-or-Treating Times (if you know of any times not on the list, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
· Savannah: The city does not set certain trick-or-treating times unless the holiday falls on a Sunday.
· Pooler: The Pooler Police Department recommends trick-or-treating between 4 and 8pm.
· Statesboro: 6pm-8pm
· Richmond Hill: 6-9pm
· Hinesville/ Fort Stewart: 6-8pm
· Effingham County: Trick-or-treating begins at 6pm
· Hilton Head: Kroger at Shelter Cove Towne Center will be hosting a trick-or-treat event from 3-7pm
· Hardeeville: Trick-or-treat down Main St. from 5:30 to 8:30pm
· Port Wentworth: 6-10pm