Officials Urge Halloween Safety

Whether it’s your traditional ghost or the must-have costume of the year — kids around Wisconsin are ready to dress up and collect candy. Larry Corsi, WisDOT’s Pedestrian Coordinator, says trick-or-treaters should travel in groups. “Definitely, I think the bigger group you have the easier you are to see and easier to see the vehicles coming at you. And when people see more (people) children they’re going to slow down and realize, you know, anyone of them could come out of any direction and that drivers need to be much more careful of how they travel and watching for kids that are out and excited to get to the next house to get candy.”

Corsi says costumes should be reflective and not interfere with a child’s vision. “Kids need to be extra careful and it just needs to be repeated to them that this is what you need to do and this is how you do it. And realizing that after 15-minutes into trick-or-treating that that sense of safety isn’t going to be there, it’s more-less the sense of the next candy bar that they are going to be looking at.”

While Halloween is October 31st, some communities have different times designated for treat-or-treating, so drivers need to keep that in mind as they travel through neighborhoods in the coming days. Local communities holding trick-or-treat hours Sunday include Beaver dam (4pm to 6pm), Columbus (2pm to 5pm), Horicon (1pm to 4pm), Hustisford (2pm to 4pm), Juneau (4pm to 6pm), Mayville (1pm to 3pm), Reeseville (3pm to 5pm) and Watertown (1pm to 4pm).