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Halloween is Thursday and Cairo Police are asking that everyone be off the streets before 9 p.m.
Cairo Police Chief Keith Sandefur suggests beginning to Trick or Treat as early as possible and the chief says the annual Boo on Broad event downtown is a good place to start.
Boo on Broad will be held from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, and participating merchants and offices in the central business district will have candy for children ages 12 and younger dressed in costumes.
Broad Street from Third Avenue N.E./N.W to Second Avenue S.E./M.L. King Jr. Avenue S.W. will be blocked off for the event.
“Please be sure to stay in a group and cross streets at corners or crosswalks. Do not dart into any roadway as the streets will be crowded and you may not be seen,” Chief Sandefur says.
The city police are also encouraging trick or treating after dark to be done in well lit areas of the city that are familiar to the parents of the children involved.
“Always carry a flashlight or glow stick and if possible make sure your costume has some sort of reflective material affixed. Your costume should fit well and provide for excellent visibility,” the chief said.
The chief further advised, “Parents please turn your headlights on early and drive with caution as youngsters will dart into your path in their excitement, stay alert at all times. Know how many are in your party and keep a continuous check on them. Should you run across anything suspicious while inspecting your children’s treats, before they indulge, please notify the appropriate authorities.”
The police chief said he hopes the evening will be incident free.
“The most important thing is to be safe, be courteous, but also please have a good time,” Chief Sandefur said.