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Towns, County Enforce Halloween Rules


The county and the towns of South Boston and Halifax will observe the same rules and regulations for Halloween on Saturday night.

Only children 13 years-of-age and under will be allowed to trick-or-treat at county and town homes. The official hours set by the localities for trick-or-treating are from 6 to 9 p.m. All trick-or-treating should be completed Saturday night by 9 o’clock.

Law enforcement officials say it is unlawful and a Class IV misdemeanor for any person over the age of 13 to make trick-or-treat visitations.

Also, it is unlawful for any person over 16 years of age to wear a mask, or conceal the identity of the wearer, in public. This does not apply to protective masks worn at places of employment or masks worn for medical reasons.

South Boston Police Chief Jim Binner, Halifax Police Chief David Martin, and Halifax County Sheriff Stanley Noblin recommend several simple tips to help everyone have a safe and happy Halloween:
w Residents in the county and towns who will be accepting trick-or-treat visits at their homes should turn on porch lights. Also, walkways should be well-lit and clear of any debris or tools that could trip and injure little ghosts and goblins.

• Parents also should check trick or treat bags for any unusual items before allowing their children to eat any of the treats.

• Little ghosts and goblins should be visible to traffic. Parents should dress their children in reflective clothing in order to prevent injury by motor vehicles.

• Parents should make sure that any prop a child carries should be flexible and have smooth tips in order not to cause injury in the event of a fall.

• Parents should teach their children basic everyday safety, such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, watching both ways before crossing streets, and crossing when traffic lights indicate when it is safe to cross.

• Parents should know the route their children will be taking if they are not accompanying them. Also, parents should set a definite time for their children to be home.

• Parents should turn off headlights while parked on the side of the street or road, waiting for their children as they trick-or-treat.

• Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism. Throwing eggs at a house may seem like fun, but they can be charged with vandalism if they are caught throwing eggs or vandalizing houses or vehicles in other ways.

Chief Binner says town police officers will be out at several locations in the town handing out candy to trick-or-treaters.

Also, due to the expected large turnout on Washington Avenue and in the Brentwood subdivision, Chief Binner said traffic would be restricted.

On Washington Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m., traffic will be restricted to one-way from Sixth Street to Third Street. In the Brentwood subdivision, traffic will be routed from Brentwood Drive to Quail Roost Road where cones will be placed on the road to direct traffic flow in the subdivision.

The South Boston Police, Halifax Police and the Sheriff’s Office remind parents and children to follow the rules of trick-or-treating and make Halloween safe and fun for everyone.