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Halloween Driving Tips

When I was an education reporter years ago, teachers told me that the kids' favorite holiday was Halloween. It beat Thanksgiving, Christmas Hannuka and everything else. And it wasn't the candy, the teachers said. It was the dressing up and being someone, or something, other than yourself.

In the process, kids can forget who and where they really are. Then it's up to us to watch out for them. Tonight's rush hour will combine several dangerous factors: Parents will be rushing home, we're still not used to driving in the afternoon dark and some of the children will be out already. Leaves blowing across the streets create confusion.

-- Be extra alert when you're pulling in and out of driveways, even in areas that don't normally get a lot of foot traffic.

-- Pay attention what's happening on the sidewalks and watch for children darting across the streets. Watch especially for kids between parked cars.

-- Be aware that many still wear dark costumes, even though we warn them to have something bright on to alert motorists.

-- And if you're driving to a Halloween party, put that mask on after you park the car.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 31, 2006; 8:21 AM ET
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Comments

Yes, it is important to avoid hitting trick or treaters. So important that nowhere does the Post tell us WHEN TRICK OR TREATING HOURS ACTUALLY ARE. I have looked all over this paper. Why is this info so hard to find???

Posted by: Anonymous | October 31, 2006 1:42 PM | Report abuse

There aren't any official hours. People go out when they want to do so. Some younger kids will go out before dark, escorted by a parent. Others go out when it gets dark.

Posted by: BlogBunny | October 31, 2006 2:25 PM | Report abuse

In my experience, you can expect Trick or Treaters anytime between 4:30ish and 9pm. Yes, some parents do take the younger ones out before it gets dark, so be aware of that. You can have older trick or treaters out late so please turn off your front porch light if you do not want anymore knocking on your door. Not that it will stop them...but might discourage them. Happy Halloween everyone!

Posted by: Laura | October 31, 2006 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I would suggest turning off ALL lights if you don't want them knocking. I'd be concerned that if any lights are on inside and some older punk kid sees that, he'll think you're not answering the door and will egg your house or something.

Posted by: Rich | October 31, 2006 4:17 PM | Report abuse

those rascally older punks!

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LoL

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Wot, you like the idea of houses getting egged?

(Thankfully I saw nothing of the sort in my neighborhood.)

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