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Safety stressed as trick-or-treaters hit Downtown Vernon for Halloween

More than 1,000 little ghosts, princesses, and Minions will take to downtown Vernon Halloween Monday as part of the Downtown Treat Trail.

More than 1,000 little ghosts, princesses, and Minions will take to downtown streets  Halloween Monday as part of the Downtown Treat Trail.

More than 60 merchants will be participating and giving out candy to trick or treaters 12 and under from 3 to 5 p.m.

While kids are out thinking about goodies, the Downtown Vernon Association is thinking about keeping kids safe, said DVA promotions coordinator Hailey Rilkoff.

“We thoroughly enjoy hosting the Downtown Treat Trail, but our main concern is the children’s safety because the treat trail does take place on busy streets during business hours,” said Rilkoff. “We haven’t had any issues in the past and we hope to continue with that.”

Rilkoff urges the community to keep safety in mind while driving during the Treat Trail.

“Slow down and be alert, have patience with pedestrians, and make sure that you watch for excited children that might not be watching where they are going,” she said.

Parents should ensure that their children follow regular pedestrian rules by using the appropriate crosswalks and holding hands while crossing.

“Kids get so excited and forget that it’s a busy downtown, we want everyone to be safe and have fun,” said Rilkoff.

A Downtown Treat Trail map, featuring participating businesses, is available to download and print at www.downtownvernon.com.