PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — It looks like the weather will be more soggy than spooky this Halloween – and that could create added danger for little ghouls and gobblins.
Eyewitness News Pinpoint Weather Team says we can expect showers Thursday evening for All Hallows Eve but it will be much warmer than usual.
AAA Northeast Traffic Safety Programs Manager Diana Imondi said due to the expected wet conditions, roads and walkways may be extra slippery.
“We have beautiful foliage in New England but those wet leaves on the road are going to make roadways more slick in the rain. So be mindful of speed and be mindful of your stopping distance. Make sure your lights and wipers are on, visibility driving at night is a huge issue.”
Imondi said because kids are so excited for Halloween and are more likely to dart out in traffic, motorists play an important role overall in making it a safe night.
“On Halloween, motorists need to be especially vigilant between the hours of 4 pm and midnight, when pedestrians are the most vulnerable,” added Imondi. “Slowing down, and watching for trick-or-treaters who may cross between cars or mid-block may save a life.”
Luckily, Rhode Island has many places to go indoors to enjoy Halloween fun.
- Warwick: Brentwood Nursing Home: Residents pass out candy to trick-or-treaters. 3-6pm
- Warwick: Warwick Mall will be hosting the Halloween Glam & Jam Dance Party, 4-6pm
- Pawtucket: Halloween at mccoy stadium. For the third straight year, the Pawtucket Red Sox invite families and children to Trick or Treat on Halloween at McCoy Stadium from 3-6 p.m. The free event includes candy, visits with Paws and Sox, and music.
- Providence: SkyZone Providence, Halloween for toddlers, 930am-11am
- Cranston: Cranston Fire Department will be hosting their annual Halloween Party. 6pm-8pm at Station 2, 301 Pontiac Avenue
- Providence: Providence Place Mall, look for pumpkins in participating store windows. 5pm – 7pm.
- SE Mass: Attleboro will hold its annual Halloween parties from 6-8 p.m at the Bartek Recreation Center, 81 Pine Street and the Coelho Middle School, 99 Brown Street. Each child will receive a trick-or-treat bag filled with goodies, and each location will offer pizza, a DJ, various games and prizes.
- SE Mass: South Coast Marketplace will hold it’s 2nd annual trick-or-treat, 2-7pm
Cranston announced in addition to a “trunk or treat” in front of Cranston Police Headquarters, where officers will distribute candy from 5:30 pm-7pm, officers will be conducting registration compliance checks for sex offenders at various locations across the city.
The police department is encouraging parents to visit the Rhode Island Probation Parole Board and Sex Offender Community Notification Unit website to become aware of addresses where sex offenders may be present.
AAA Northeast also offers motorists the following tips:
- Avoid neighborhood shortcuts
- If possible, avoid cutting through residential streets where trick-or-treaters are likely to be present.
- Watch for children in the street
- Excited trick-or-treaters, often in dark costumes, may not pay attention to traffic and cross mid-block or between parked cars.
- Slow down
- According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a pedestrian is more than twice as likely to be killed if hit by a car traveling 35 mph compared to 25 mph. What seems like a small difference – just 10 mph – can be the difference between life and death.
- Drive sober
- Alcohol-impaired drivers make up about one-third of all motor vehicle deaths resulting in an average of one death every 45 minutes. Always designate a sober driver.
AAA tips for parents and children:
- Trick-or-treat together
- AAA recommends that parents accompany youngsters at least until the age of 12.
- Make a plan
- Review trick-or-treating safety precautions and plan the route ahead of time.
- Remind children never to cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
- Check costumes
- Choose disguises that don’t obstruct vision and where possible use face paint instead of masks.
- Check and adjust the length of costumes to avoid tripping and add reflective material or tape to keep kids visible.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Buckle up
- If driving trick-or-treaters between neighborhoods, always use appropriate car seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle.