BCSO and Coliseum medical staff say beware of ‘fake’ Halloween candy

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – It’s the scariest time of year for not only children but also parents. Deputies with the sheriff’s office and Coliseum Medical staff members say they know how easily accidents can happen. They want to make sure Halloween this year is still spooky but also safe.

“It’s just that time of the year where it’s so much that can happen we just want to make sure that everyone is safe and has a good time,” said Cpl. Emmett Bivins with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Outreach Section.

In 24 hours, the streets of Macon will be filled with witches, monsters and ghosts collecting candy and looking for a good scare, while many of their parents are hoping to avoid one.

“Make sure you’re paying attention at all times whenever you do cross the street and make sure you’re looking both ways again while you’re crossing the street,” said Dr. Stacy Mead with Coliseum Medical Centers.

For those planning on going trick or treating, hospital staff recommend wearing reflective gear so that you’re more visible at night.

“Make sure you have flash lights or the little light sticks–anything to make yourself known,” Mead went on.

They also stress parents taking kids out and being sure to check their candy out before they eat it.

“Whenever you get home with your candy make sure your mom or your dad or whoever filters through your candy just to make sure everything is okay,” she added.

Bivins says all candy isn’t good candy.

“There are some drugs actually being made to look like candy and may be packaged as candy,” he explained.

So to avoid a trip to the ER, they want kids to be careful and parents on high alert for any suspicious sweet treats or reckless drivers on the streets.

If you’re unsure of a safe place to go trick or treating the sheriff’s office will host its Halloween Fun Festival tomorrow from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. They’ll have candy, food, games and a haunted house for families to enjoy.

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