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ASHLAND, Va. — In an effort to keep Halloween safe for trick or treaters, police will close South Center Street, from Stebbins Street to Francis Street, in Ashland to cars on Halloween Night.

“In past years, many of our homes on this street have seen over 600 children trick or treating. Coupled with a high volume of motor vehicle traffic and the ever existing train traffic, a significant public safety hazard was presented,” Ashland Police Chief Doug Goodman said. “It is hoped that this closure will greatly improve the safety of this corridor while we have so many young visitors going door to door.”

The street closure spans from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Families who plan on taking kids trick or treating that night were asked to park on streets north or south of the road closures.

Ashland Police also offered these safe “trick or treating” tips:

A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.

If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.

Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or Treaters remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.

If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.

Never cut across yards or use alleys.

Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.

Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.

Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will.