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Sylacauga Police expect higher volume of ‘trick-or-treaters’ than in years past


SYLACAUGA, Ala. –  On Thursday night, children in Sylacauga will flood the streets in search of their favorite candy.

Although Halloween brings plenty of excitement, there is also reason to be cautious while trick-or-treating in your favorite neighborhood.

“You can anticipate more people on Thursday night than years prior,” Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson said. “The amount of people has grown every year, especially in Taylor Estates and Valley View.”

On Halloween night, vehicle traffic is expected to be heavy, but the number of individuals on foot will be much higher as well.

Johnson advised everyone to be wary of kids in the roadways. He also advised parents and children to approach yards with caution while trick-or-treating.

According to Johnson, police will begin patrolling the areas around 4:00 p.m.

One of the biggest concerns every year for parents is if someone filled their child’s candy bucket with poison or some other harmful substance.

“Always be cautious when it comes to the tampering of candy,” said Johnson.

Some of the most common forms of tampering include lacing with marijuana and methamphetamines.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) states that some signs of laced candy include unusual wrapping, appearance, unusual colors, odd smell, misspelled candy labels, and candy or food that is unwrapped or unmarked.

The DEA advises parents and caregivers to seek immediate medical attention if a child ingests drug-laced candy and then contact local police.

Halloween night packs a lot of scares, excitement, and sugar. Staying aware of your surroundings will help to ensure your family stays safe and has fun.

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