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Monday is Halloween across the Valley, but the parties and festivities will get underway Friday night and continue through the weekend and into All Hallows Eve. That means you can expect to see significantly more pedestrian and foot traffic not only in popular tourist and nightlife districts, but also in neighborhoods as well.

Authorities in Las Vegas are reminding parents to observe the following safety precautions when they and their costumed children are out trick-or-treating:

Make sure kids travel in groups when going door-to-door.

  • Never enter a stranger’s home to get candy.
  • Plan your trick-or-treating route ahead of time.
  • Make sure that kids can see through their masks or other costume-related headgear.
  • Children’s clothing should be light-colored or reflective. Carrying a flashlight will also help them be seen by motorists.
  • Always cross streets at intersections or crosswalks and obey all traffic signals.

Parents are also encouraged to consider alternatives to trick-or-treating, such as events at churches or community centers.

Because adults like to celebrate Halloween as well, it is important to be extra vigilant while driving around Las Vegas and watch out for possible impaired drivers. To that end, North Las Vegas police will be stepping up drunk driver patrols throughout Friday evening and until 3am Saturday morning. And all valley law enforcement personnel with be watching closely for motorists who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs this Halloween weekend.

This year, Halloween arrives as North Las Vegas mourns the death of a six-year old girl who was killed in a crosswalk when a car struck her Wednesday evening as she tried to cross Camino Eldorado near Eldorado Park. Two other girls, ages five and six, were also injured in that auto-pedestrian accident.