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Authorities urge trick-or-treat safety
Heavy foot and car traffic likely
Savanna Curson, 6, picks up a pencil and whistle at one of the booths during the Forsyth County Trunk or Treat Safety Event on Saturday at Coal Mountain Park. Authorities are reminding motorists to use caution tonight as many children and parents will be out trick or treating. - photo by Crystal Ledford

Many costumed kids got a head start on trick or treating and some safety tips for Halloween night over the weekend.

The fourth annual Forsyth County Trunk or Treat Safety Event on Saturday at Coal Mountain Park drew a large crowd again this year, said Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Doug Rainwater.

“It was a big hit,” Rainwater said. “Always is.”

Children learned about pedestrian safety, stranger danger, stop-drop-roll and more while collecting candy.

The sheriff’s office handed out some blinking lights that kids can wear on their costumes to increase their visibility to drivers on Thursday, Rainwater said.

Traffic is a big concern for the agency on Halloween, he said, especially between 3 and about 5:30 p.m.

“Halloween afternoon is probably one of the worst rush-hour traffic days of the year,” Rainwater said. “Everybody’s trying to leave their work early so they can get back home and walk junior.”

All specialized traffic units will be on the roads in the evening, Rainwater said, and many first shift uniform patrol deputies will stay on past dusk for extra coverage.

Most subdivisions should expect to have at least one deputy drive through at some point on Halloween to ensure drivers go slowly and pedestrians are visible, he said.

“In Forsyth County, it’s been really good over the years. Most parents are with their kids,” he said. “Usually Halloween is actually very quiet because everybody’s out trick or treating.”