Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

Fort Benning announces "trick or treat" hours on post

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Fort Benning will observe Halloween from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 29. This is the only time that trick or treating is allowed on post.

While Halloween is a time for fun, it is also important to practice safety and use common sense.

Basic safety precautions, such as using sidewalks and crosswalks should be followed. Make sure to look in all directions when crossing the street.

Trick-or-treaters should stay in the housing area where they live and only approach residences with lighted entryways. Cutting across yards is not advised.

Children 13 years and younger are allowed to "trick or treat." Pre-school age children must be accompanied by children 14 years or older, or by an adult.

Children should carry a flashlight after dark and wear light-colored, fire resistant costumes. Parents or guardians can mark costumes with reflective tape or glow spray paint to make the costumes easier to see in the dark. Masks or head coverings that restrict vision are not recommended.

Pet owners should ensure their pets are confined to prevent them from being a nuisance.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to inspect all treats before letting their children eat them. It is best if children eat a full meal before trick or treating.

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