HOUSTON- Families and law enforcement officials across the Houston area have been preparing to make sure Halloween is a safe night for trick-or-treaters.
Halloween is the deadliest night for pedestrians with twice as many children killed compared to any other day.
Homeowners in Houston’s Historic Heights have prepared for thousands of kids from all over to pack the streets by sundown.
“There’s a permanent stream of kids,” said Brie Kelman, a Heights resident.
The amount of kids can make it tough for drivers to make it through safely.
“It’s fun but prepare to stay in your house because you can’t drive down the street,” said Allyson Welch, a Heights resident.
Although many in the neighborhood choose to leave their car in the street if they need to go somewhere authorities warn that trick or treaters can’t rely on every driver to play it safe.
“Kids come darting out from cars you see nothing in your field of vision,” said Constable Alan Rosen, from Harris County Precinct 1. “A small kid can dart out and there’s not really much a driver can do."
Constable Alan Rosen doubled up on patrol this year in the Heights to watch drivers closely.
They also will be looking for criminal mischief, like egging people’s houses and burglary.
“A lot of people aren’t home they are out trick or treating with their kids and burglars know that,” said Rosen. “Let’s not share we’re we are going what time we are going on our social media.”
Rosen said it’s crucial to talk about a plan with your kid before heading out.
“We’ve drawn up a map of the area and he knows where the last candy house is,” said Stephanie Sullivan, a Heights resident.”
Sullivan has walked door-to-door several times with her 10-year-old son who will be trick-or-treating with a friend for the first time this Halloween.
“It’s a little nerve-racking but he’s ready for it,” said Sullivan. “we walked the route the other night so he knows where he’s going.”
Sullivan’s son must be home by 8:30 p.m. Law enforcement officials said it’s up to parents to make a curfew clear for their kids since there is no city ordinance that sets a curfew on Halloween night.
Glow sticks, illuminated bracelets or reflective vests are also advised to make a trick-or-treaters more visible to drivers.
Law enforcement advises that children only cross street at corners and to never dart out in between cars.
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