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Staying safe on Halloween night

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A Halloween display in an Ardmore neighborhood. (KTEN) A Halloween display in an Ardmore neighborhood. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Little goblins and ghouls were trolling for treats all over Texoma on Tuesday evening.

It's a night that safety is priority one for both drivers and children, but prime time for trick-or-treaters is also the hardest time of night for drivers to see.

"You have a lot of kids whose costumes are not reflective, and it's dark, and you know people are coming home from work," said Ardmore police Capt. Eric Hamblin.

Halloween can be scary in some ways many adults don't realize. Studies show pedestrian children are more than twice as likely to be killed by drivers on October 31 than any other night of the year.

Ardmore police say they are hoping to prevent any accidents this year.

"We will have officers in our neighborhoods that generally have a lot of trick-or-treaters," Hamblin said. "They will be more in the neighborhoods than normal. You will probably see police cars moving through neighborhoods that you don't normally see."

In Ardmore, neighborhoods like Brookhaven, Southern Hills and Osage are major hot spots for little ghosts.

Karen Choate has lived in Osage for the last 30 years. She said her and her family anticipate Halloween night.

"We are expecting a lot of kids. I would say, easily hundreds," she said. "It's very difficult if you leave the house, once it starts, to get back in the driveway because both sides of the street will be full of cars and full of kids."

While sidewalks could be packed, Hamblin said as long as drivers and trick-or-treaters pay attention, it should be a fun haunting night for everyone.

"Take a little extra time, slow down," the police spokesman urged. "Everybody is out there to have a good time, and I know that creates some congestion, but it's only one night."

Police also say to be sure you are checking your kids' candy for anything suspicious, and as always, give them a call if you have any concerns.

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