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10/30/2013
Halloween

Halloween

Handle with care — that's how to look at Halloween.

This Thursday ghosts and goblins will be out on the streets of Ketchikan, Saxman, Metlakatla and Prince of Wales Island. A witch or two might be there, too, and any number of mummies and other scary looking figures.

Most of them will be small in stature. They will be excited for the day and evening's events, and they might not have all of their wits about them. Picture kids jumping up and down and running all around. Then picture parents trying to keep up or catch up. It's a hectic time; just ask the parents.

This means parents need all of the help they can get on this day more than most. They will appreciate us helping to watch out for their little ones.

As a reminder, which we've reiterated Halloween after Halloween, please keep in mind that the streets will be more congested than usual, and possibly with less-attentive pedestrians of the scary nature.

It also will be dark. Rain is in the forecast. The combination means visibility will be impaired.

Let's just handle Thursday with care, being more aware and less hurried. Looking twice before pulling out or accelerating in motor vehicles. It will be helpful for pedestrians to be cognizant of drivers as well.

If everyone concentrates on Halloween safety, then it will be just another fun day in Ketchikan and around Southeast.