Rain not expected to dampen Halloween night activities

While Thursday morning is expected to dawn under rainy skies, it is anticipated that the inclement weather will abate in time for area children and their families to enjoy evening Halloween activities.

Jeff Hood is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in North Little Rock.

“For the Pine Bluff area, the rain chances start decreasing late Thursday afternoon into the early evening,” Hood said. “After 7 p.m. the rain chances decrease dramatically. While there may be some lingering showers into the early evening hours, the bulk of the rain is expected to fall from overnight Wednesday through Thursday morning.”

Hood said that before it stops, the rain tally should top out somewhere between 3 and four 4 in the Pine Bluff area.

Temperatures at about 6 p.m. are expected to be in the upper 60s, Hood said.

Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said that residents with children should check with their church to see if any holiday activities are planned.

“If they are going to be trick-or-treating in their neighborhood, children under 12 need to have an adult accompany them,” Hollingsworth said. “Parents should contact establishments such as schools and churches to see if they will be having any activities. Hopefully, the rain will stop before trick-or-treat time and the children will have good weather to safely enjoy Halloween.”

The Mayor’s Office provided a list of additional Halloween safety tips:

• Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods because of the presence of numerous pedestrians and the possibility of children darting out into traffic;

• Be especially alert between the hours of 5:30-9:30 p.m.;

• When walking, be aware of your surroundings and look left then right then left again before crossing the street;

• When walking on streets with no sidewalks, walk facing oncoming traffic as far to the left of the roadway as possible;

• Watch for cars that are turning or backing up when walking;

• Decorate costumes with reflective stickers or tape and choose light colors when possible;

• Choose face paint or makeup when possible instead of masks, which can obstruct vision;

• Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers;

• And make sure that there is nothing on a child’s costume that will cause them to trip or fall.