As Trick or Treaters prepare for their candy haul tonight, the Taylorville Police Department has some messages to keep everyone safe to enjoy their Halloween night. The kids in costume have the hours from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to fill their bags and buckets, and with temperatures in the 30s, a jacket might need to be incorporated into the costume.
Taylorville Police Chief Dwayne Wheeler says to always take caution while getting out of cars, walking from home to home, and while crossing the street. Never allow children to go into a stranger's home. The community is also reminded to always use crosswalks and wear a piece of reflecting clothing or wear a glow stick.
Chief Wheeler also reminds drivers to treat tonight's commute differently as children will be more focused on gathering treats, than taking extra precautions.
TPD witnessed a few instances of children running carelessly across streets and Chief Wheeler says this is an easy way for accidents to happen. Chief Wheeler added that letting kids out of the car on the sidewalk side of the car is the safest option.
Chief Wheeler and his officers will be patrolling areas to ensure safety. The Taylorville Police Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Halloween.