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Officials: Plan for wet weather Halloween night

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By Sarah Bennett

As Halloween night draws closer, weather forecasters are calling for showers and thunderstorms throughout most of Thursday, including during the scheduled hours for trick-or-treating.

With the chance for severe weather in mind, Radcliff Police Department spokesman Bryce Shumate encouraged parents to plan carefully.

“Timing can be a big issue,” he said.

According to weather operations at Fort Knox, there is a chance for precipitation throughout the day with the heaviest rainfall estimated to occur between 1 p.m. Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday.

There also is potential for high winds in the afternoon and localized stream flooding in low-lying areas, according to the weather station.

For those intending to trick-or-treat Thursday, police officials advised parents to ensure an adult or older sibling is available to supervise children.

“The first thing is to know where your kids are at,” said Virgil Willoughby, spokesman at Elizabethtown Police Department.

In addition to keeping a watchful eye on your child, police advised to attach a reflective or fluorescent item to his or her costume.

Shumate said anyone in a trick-or-treating group also should carry a flashlight or glow stick, preferably the former, not only to aid themselves but motorists as well.

The dark is disorienting and costumes can limit vision, Shumate said, and carrying a flashlight will help children judge where they are walking.

Shumate and Willoughby encouraged those trick-or-treating to stick to sidewalks and avoid yards and roadways.

Motorists traveling on Halloween night should keep an eye out for kids darting into the street, Willoughby said.

When going door to door, Shumate advised families only stop at houses with whom they are familiar. Children should not eat any candy until after returning home so parents can inspect it with them, he added.

As an alternative to trick-or-treating, he suggested families opt to attend a trunk-or-treat event or fall festival where the environment is more controlled.

“There are so many opportunities besides trick-or-treating door to door,” Shumate said.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at 270-505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com

 

HALLOWEEN NIGHT TRICK-OR-TREAT TIMES

Elizabethtown: 5-8 p.m.
|Hardin County: 5-8 p.m.
Radcliff: 6-8 p.m.
Vine Grove: 6-8 p.m.
LaRue County and Hodgenville: 6-8 p.m.