Due to expected weather conditions on Thursday, trick-or-treat has been moved to the weekend.
The cities of Richmond and Berea as well as Madison County have changed the trick-or-treat date from Halloween to Saturday, Nov. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Berea’s Halloween in the Park will now be Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Executives from the Madison County government, the city of Richmond and the city of Berea met via phone late Tuesday afternoon and arrived at the consensus for the change. According to a release, the beginning time was changed to 5 p.m. to give everyone additional daylight time to trick-or-treat.
Officials pointed to the 80% chance of rain with winds and possible snow flurries Thursday as the main reason for the change. They said Saturday’s forecast calls for warmer temperatures and only a 10% chance of rain.
“We wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween and trick-or-treat,” the release states.
To be sure all the little ghouls and goblins have a fun and healthy Halloween, there are some safety measures to keep in mind.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day approximately 8,000 children are treated in the U.S. emergency rooms for fall-related injuries.
“Falls are one of the most common causes of injuries and there is an increase on Halloween. There is also a spike in children being struck by vehicles,” said Justin Price, MD, a physician in the emergency department at Baptist Health Richmond. “With dimly list and crowded streets, distracted drivers and vision obscuring masks everyone must be vigilant to prevent accidents, this includes drivers, parents and trick-or-treaters.”
Candy is one of the big highlights of Halloween for children. As tasty as Halloween treats are, for children with allergies they could pose a serious health risk.
“Beware of potential allergens lurking in candy, and if your child has serious reactions, you should carry an EpiPen on the trick-or-treat trail,” Price said in a release.
Other tips include trick-or-treating only during designated times and in groups and with adults. Price also suggests using reflective tape to increase visibility and to wear well-fitting costumes.
Jonathan Greene is the editor of The Register; follow him on Twitter @jgreeneRR.