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Safety tips for a spooky night

By BROOKE GRIFFIN

The Parthenon

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Halloween is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. The Huntington Police Department is warning people this year that if even the smallest precaution is taken, it could save a life.

“The main thing is to just avoid doing anything stupid,” Sgt. Ryan Bentley with the Huntington Police Department said. “With an abundance of children walking through driveways and streets in these larger neighborhoods, you have to be extra careful.”

This warning isn’t just to keep the younger kids safe, it’s to keep the supervising adults and the college-age protected too. Halloween costumes often times are made out of dark colors, making the pedestrian harder to see.

“Don’t stay out too late, stay within normal trick or treat hours, drive slower than you think you need to, be aware of your surroundings at all times and don’t be distracted by anything while driving,” Bentley said.

Ritter Park sees at least one thousand trick or treaters every year according to one Ritter Park home owner. Proving that, with higher turnout comes higher risk of injury. 

“I feel safe taking my kids out for trick or treating because we don’t go anywhere near the main thru-road,” Lily White, Ritter Park home owner, said.  People come flying through there. As long as I avoid that area, then I’m not worried about my kids running around on a sugar high.”

In the city of Huntington and the entirety of Cabell County, the official trick or treat time is 6-8pm on Tuesday.

Brooke Griffin can be contacted at [email protected]

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