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Hopkinsville's Halloween Celebration to Cover Friday & Saturday This Year

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Hopkinsville’s youngsters get to enjoy a double dose of Halloween treats next week with the city’s Downtown Trick-or-Treat event with merchants and city supporters on Friday, followed by the traditional citywide Halloween celebration on Saturday, October 31.

Friday’s downtown festivities will run from 3:30-5:30 p.m. directing little goblins down South Main Street from 6th to 13th streets.  Kids from walking age to 12 years old are invited to participate and must be accompanied by an adult.  The event, sponsored by Parks & Recreation, Downtown Merchants, Downtown Renaissance and WKDZ/WHVO radio stations.

Halloween night’s citywide trick-or-treating always brings out thousands of youngsters in neighborhoods throughout the city.  Hopkinsville Police Department officials urge everyone to use caution when trick-or-treating, whether the visits are to neighbors, family members, or businesses.

Local law enforcement urges everyone to be extra attentive when driving anywhere Saturday night due to foot traffic on all roads.

“The Hopkinsville Police Department wants to remind everyone to be careful this Halloween. And if you’re going be out after dark trick-or-treating, remember to shine a light so motorists can see you,” said Hopkinsville Police Chief Clayton Sumner.

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