2014 trick-or-treat hours for Columbus, Phenix City, Ft. Benning, Auburn

(WTVM) - The official trick-or-treat hours for Columbus, GA. have been set for Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is asking all motorists to use extreme caution during this time as children venture through neighborhoods and cross intersections.

The Phenix City Police Department has also released their designated trick-or-treat hours. Their recommended times are 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fort Benning residents will observe Halloween on Friday, with "trick or treating" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Post residents areencouraged to limit "trick or treating" to the housing area where they live.

For Auburn, Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. has scheduled their trick-or-treat hours for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For other activities, you may visit their website by clicking here.

Additional trick-or-treat rules on post include:

Children under 13 years of age are allowed to"trick or treat."

Trick or treaters should observe all basic safety precautions to include wearing reflective, fire-resistant costumes that are short enough to prevent tripping, using makeup instead of masks that restrict vision, carrying a flashlight and using caution when crossing streets.

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

Halloween Safety Tips:   

Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street.

Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.

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.

Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.

Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision.

Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.

Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

More tips for ghouls and goblins going out for Halloween include trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood and parents checking out the treats before they are consumed.

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