Local neighborhoods encouraged to follow suit regarding Halloween celebration
This is no trick: Hopkinsville’s largest Halloween celebration has been rescheduled.
Due to the heightened level of inclement weather in Wednesday’s forecast, the Downtown Hopkinsville Trick or Treat has been moved up a night and will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Safety of the attendees is the top priority, so City of Hopkinsville officials have made the decision to reschedule this popular event, which drew thousands of people in 2017.
The time (3:30-5:30 p.m.) and location (South Main Street, between 6th Street and 13th Street) of the event will remain the same Tuesday. Downtown merchants and local organizations will line the street, handing out candy and treats to trick-or-treaters. The event is completely free, but participants are asked to provide their own bag or bucket. Children 12 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
South Main Street will be closed to traffic, creating a safe and family-friendly environment.
In addition to the Trick or Treat event downtown, the City of Hopkinsville strongly encourages residents to consider following suit by celebrating Halloween — namely the distribution of candy to trick-or-treaters — to Tuesday, as well. While this request is not mandated, it is in the best interest of all to enjoy the festivities a day early.
For more information on Downtown Hopkinsville Trick or Treat, call 270-887-4290 or visit the Facebook event page at https://tinyurl.com/HoptownTOT18.
The following Halloween safety tips from www.safekids.org are also good practices kids and adults:
- 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