Nice night for trick-or-treating

Oct. 31, 2013 @ 10:18 AM

You won’t need a heavy coat or the umbrella, most likely, when you head out into your neighborhood for tonight’s Halloween trick-or-treating.
Temperatures will be unseasonably warm for the last day of October, according to the National Weather Service. In the High Point area, the temperature will be in the upper 60s in the late afternoon and early evening Thursday when children in costumes crisscross neighborhoods in search of candy at doorsteps.
There’s little to no chance of rain during prime trick-or-treat times, said Gail Hartfield, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service out of Raleigh.
While having fun is the theme of the evening, parents and guardians escorting boys and girls through neighborhoods want to keep safety in mind. Here are some tips from the N.C. Department of Transportation:
• Map out and follow a safe route for your children through neighborhoods
• Make sure your children carry a flashlight, glow stick or wear reflective tape on a costume to make them more visible to cars
• Walk on sidewalks, not in the street — if there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic
• Cross streets at crosswalks when available
• Motorists should drive slowly and carefully tomorrow night through residential streets and watch for trick-or-treaters