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CSRA Halloween Times, Events, And Safety Tips

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We have a list of rules, events, and safety tips for Halloween 2013.

We have a list of designated trick-or-treat times across the CSRA that we have been able to find.

Richmond County does not have a designated specific time for trick-or-treating, but there are several events at the city's community centers Thursday evening.

Columbia County tells us their recommended time frame is 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening.

In the City of Aiken, there is no official start time for trick-or-treating, but officials say it should end by 9 p.m.

USC-Aiken is hosting a safe trick or treat on campus from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In Waynesboro, there are official rules listed on their website, but city officials say these rules were adopted nearly 20 years ago. Officials say Waynesboro Police Department officers will be out Thursday evening, but they will not be enforcing "age" limits or to make sure trick-or-treaters are in costume.

Trick-Or-Treat on Kelly Street will be held in Lincolnton Thursday night. Officials say all children and familis are welcome.

In Screven County, Business Hours Trick-or-Treat is a fun and safe event for Screven County day cares to participate. Preschoolers dress up in their costum and walk the streets of downtown Sylvania visiting each participating business to receive treats and goodies. This takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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A free Halloween festival for children with dietary restrictions will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday on the fourth and fifth floors of the Georgia Regents University Health Sciences Building at 987 St. Sebastian Way.

The sixth annual Non-Food Halloween Festival is hosted by the GRU College of Nursing in collaboration with the CSRA Eos and Augusta Food Allergy support groups. Activities include games, crafts, a haunted house, and trick-or-treating for non-food items, including small toys and prizes.

The event targets children with restricted diets due to medical disorders, including food allergies, diabetes, and Eosinophilic and metabolic disorders, said Katy Slagle, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and founder of the festival. The inspiration for the festival came six years ago from the mother of a patient with Eosinophilic Esophagitis, an allergic inflammatory disease of the esophagus commonly treated with a strict elimination diet.

"Mom lamented that she didn't know how they would 'do' Halloween that year. I quickly realized how many more kids and families must face a similar dilemma regarding Halloween," Slagle said. "Halloween is a holiday truly geared toward children and fun, but is candy a necessity?  Why not have small toys or prizes instead of all the candy and sweets?"

The event is open to children with medically restricted diets and their siblings. Costumes are welcomed. For more information or to RSVP to the event, call the GRU College of Nursing at 706-721-2451.

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The South Carolina Highway Patrol is offering tips to ensure that everyone has a safe observance of Halloween this year.

Officials's tips for motorists are:

•    Don't use a cell phone while driving through neighborhoods.
•    Drive well below the posted speed limit during trick-or-treating hours, typically from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
•    Be aware that children will be entering and exiting vehicles frequently. Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway.
•    Children can dart into the street particularly at intersections; motorists need to be especially alert for small children and children in dark, non-reflective clothing.
•    Motorists should never assume a pedestrian approaching the roadway will yield to their vehicle. Children may not see the vehicle approaching or might not be familiar with crossing roadways.
•    Parents should prepare children with flashlights, glow sticks or use reflective tape on their costumes. Parents should use their four-way flashers when waiting on children and be sure their children know to look both ways before crossing the street and to cross only at corners or crosswalks. Make sure children's costumes are not so long that they cause the child to trip and fall into the roadway.
•    use high beams at night when possible, especially on poorly lit, rural roads.
•    scan ahead for pedestrian activity and be prepared to react – avoid distractions in your vehicle that may take your eyes off the roadway.

Officials's tips for those operating golf carts are:

•    Night time operation of a golf cart on the roadway is dangerous and illegal.
•    Must have proper vehicle permit, liability insurance, and a licensed driver age 16 or older.
•    With the exception of gated communities, golf carts are only allowed on secondary roads or streets where the speed limit is 35 MPH or less.
•    For additional golf cart requirements see SC code of laws section 56-2-105.

Officials's tips for pedestrians are:

•    Know the law. Except under rare circumstances, pedestrians should not walk in the roadway. The vehicle has the right-of-way in most situations where a shoulder or sidewalk is available.

SECTION 56-5-3160. Pedestrians on highways.
(a) Where a sidewalk is provided and its use is practicable, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.
(b) Where a sidewalk is not available any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk only on a shoulder as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway.
(c) Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk as near as practicable to an outside edge of the roadway and, if on a two-way roadway, shall walk only on the left side of the roadway.
(d) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, any pedestrian upon a roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
•    pedestrians  should always wear retro-reflective or white clothing at dusk or night and brightly colored clothing with retro-reflective materials during daylight.
•    place retro-reflective material on areas of movement such as elbows, knees, and ankles in addition to the wrists and chest.
•    walk facing traffic and out of the roadway when possible; if there is no shoulder on the roadway, walk as close to the edge of roadway as possible.

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Thursday IHOP is offering a special Halloween treat - a free Scary Face Pancake for trick-or-treaters 12 and under and a safe place for families to enjoy Halloween – and that's no trick!

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The Center Fire Station on Highway 1 near I-20 in Aiken will be handing out treats at the station.. There is also a church nearby that will be holding a Trunk-or-Treat event, as well.

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