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Downtown Trick-or-Treat Set for October 31st from 3:30-5:30

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On Wednesday, October 31st, Downtown Trick-or-Treat will begin at 3:30 p.m.  Downtown merchants and local organizations will be located on S. Main Street, from E. 6th Street south to E. 13th Street, giving out candy and goodies until 5:30 p.m.  Adults are encouraged to accompany children ages 12 and under.  Children should bring their own bags. 

There will be no parking on S. Main Street, between 7th and 13th Streets, after 3pm on October 31st.  S. Main Street, between 7th and 13th Streets, will be closed to traffic beginning at 3pm.

This popular event is sponsored by Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation, Main Street Merchants, Downtown Renaissance and WKDZ/WHVO Radio.

The following Halloween safety tips from www.safekids.org are also good practices kids and adults:

 Walk Safely

  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks where available.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

See more at: www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips