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This week's topic is Halloween safety. This year, trick-or-treating will be observed on Halloween night. We want your child to have a happy and safe Halloween night! You can do that by making sure you take candy from people and organizations you trust. Check the candy wrapping and possible allergens before eating or allowing your child to consume the candy. If the houses have the lights off, please don't disturb the residents. Travel for trick-or-treating in groups to verify that no one gets lost. You can also have a designated adult in your group to keep track of the people in your party. Life360 and FindMyFriends are great tools for this. If your child chooses to dress in a costume, be sure to take a picture and have an accurate description of possible clothing under the costume. Make sure your child knows your name and phone number (if possible) or have this information on the child somewhere in case they get lost. If you or your trick-or-treating group come across a lost child, please do not put them in your car or take them somewhere else. Contact the parent or law enforcement and keep the child in that area to verify that you and the child can be found.

Multiple churches in the area are having trunk or treating and events over the weekend and on Halloween. Columbia County Courthouse is open from 2:30-4:30PM for trick-or-treaters on Halloween, and law enforcement and other first responders will be in attendance at Farmer's Bank & Trust main branch for trick-or-treating that evening. Magnolia Boys & Girls Club is also having a trunk or treat that will be until 6:00PM.

We hope you and your families have a great Halloween!

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