TRI-COUNTY — As Halloween is just about a week away, the Tri-County has something for everyone, with several organizations offering trick-or-treat events this weekend.
During this busy time of year when children tend to be on sidewalks and crossing streets more often than usual, it is important for parents and motorists to use caution.
Downtown Corbin Trick-or-Treat festivities will be on Halloween day from 3-5 p.m. Adults and children are encouraged to come out in costume and go by each of the Main Street merchants as well as local business booths that will be set up in and around Nibroc Park.
The city of Williamsburg will have trick or treating on Halloween, but a bit later, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Other activities for the holiday include Saturday's Trick-or-Treat at Kentucky Splash Saturday from 4-7 p.m.
The Corbin Public Library hosts its annual Ghost Tour with trick-or-treating inside the library on Saturday beginning around 5 p.m.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) offers suggestions for parents, children and motorists this holiday.
Parents and trick-or-treaters should consider trick-or-treating together. AAA recommends that parents accompany young trick-or-treaters at least until the age of 12. Planning the neighborhood festivity you’d like to attend is also good advice. Review trick-or-treating safety precautions and plan the route ahead of time.
AAA also suggests you choose disguises that don’t obstruct vision and opt for non-toxic face paint instead of masks. For parents that are driving children around between neighborhoods, use appropriate car seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the car.
Also use reflective gear to help reflect as much light as possible from Halloween costumes, treat bags, bracelets and shoes. Reflective adhesive strips are inexpensive and easy to apply.
Motorists want to slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street. AAA recommends that you look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and may cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
Other key points for motorists to consider include carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys, taking extra care if you are backing up or turning. Turn your headlights on to make yourself more visible, even in the daylight, and broaden your scanning by looking left and right for children in yards and on front porches.