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Madison Police urge Halloween safety as cold and snow set in

MADISON (WKOW) — Trick or treating in Madison kicked off around 4:00 in the afternoon but in some communities, it wasn’t until much later that trick-or-treaters braved the cold.

In Shorewood Hills, large groups of them were out and about starting just after 5:30 p.m.

With the cold and the dark, Madison Police urged people to be as visible as possible.

They recommended wearing high visibility vests or bands, but if you didn’t have that, a flashlight could do the job.

They wanted everyone to be visible while out on the streets, because drivers already had snowy roads to deal with.

“So for drivers especially going through residential neighborhoods, we would really ask that you slow down even more cause children are probably going to have their eyes on the prize running from door to door getting the candy and especially running in the street, that could be an issue,” Officer Tyler Grigg, with the Madison Police Department, said.

As the temperature stayed below freezing they urged parents to make sure they and their kids stayed warm throughout the night.

“Dress your kids in layers, dress yourself in layers, maybe have a warm cup of coffee that you can carry with you and keep your kids warm as well no matter what it takes,” Grigg said. “So extra layers underneath their costumes or maybe throwing on a winter coat over their costumes so we want to make sure the kids are comfortable enough to have some fun.”

Trick or treating in Madison usually lasts until 8 pm, but he said it would be best to cut it off early to avoid being out in the cold longer than necessary.

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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