Precautions needed for trick-or-treaters
by Kim Isaza
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October 31, 2010 12:00 AM | 1936 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kayla Thacker, 6, daughter of Michelle and Kelly Thacker of Acworth, reacts to being chosen the winner in the 6- and 7-year-old category of the costume contest during a fall festival at the Cobb Safety Village on Al Bishop Drive in Marietta on Saturday. Kayla Thacker won a bicycle in the best costume contest.<br>Staff/Mike Jacoby
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It's Halloween, and Cobb Police Sgt. Dana Pierce offered these tips for folks big and small to stay safe tonight.

Trick-or-treaters should be dressed in bright colors and carry a flashlight, and should be supervised by an adult. Also, do not walk in the roadway, or visit homes where lights are off. Dress warmly, and stay hydrated. And kids, don't sneak a treat until an adult has checked all the candy.

Drivers, please be patient. Drive slowly and carefully through neighborhoods. Also, minimize your distractions inside the car so you can keep your full attention on the road.

Here are a few facts and figures about Halloween, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau:

* In 2009, 36 million children ages 5 to 13 went trick-or-treating across the United States. That was nearly 200,000 more than in 2008.

* There are more than 111 million occupied housing units across the United States - all potential stops for trick-or-treaters.

* Americans consumed an average of more than 24 pounds of candy each in 2009. And U.S. growers raised 931 million pounds of pumpkins last year.
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