FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – This is good news for a lot of families in the Fort.
The Fort Wayne Police Department says that trick-or-treating hours will be postponed until Saturday due to this recent round of wet weather.
Around 11:45 Thursday morning, FWPD officials sent the following statement:
“Due to the most recent weather release and advisory that just was put out we regret having to move Trick or Treat hours from tonight to SATURDAY November 2, 2019. The hours will also be changed to 4:30 – 6:30pm. We are sorry for any inconvenience this late notice may give families. Fort Wayne Police, Allen County Sheriff, Fort Wayne Fire and Homeland security have all concluded it is just too risky to have that many children out and about given the turn in the weather and high winds advisory that are forecasted for tonight.”
Officials say that if you have an event scheduled for Thursday that is indoors – to continue with your event.
Even with the change of date, the FWPD is reminding motorists to use caution during trick-or-treat hours.
Parents are encouraged to send kids in costumes that fit and don’t obstruct their vision. Officials are also reminding parents to check candy thoroughly before consumption.
It would have been a nasty night for kids to be hitting the streets. The National Weather Service is calling for a 100% chance of rain. Thursday’s high temperature is only 46 in the afternoon, but that appears to start dropping around 4 p.m. There is also a wind advisory in effect for Allen County. The NWS says we could experience wind gusts of up to 25 mph. With temperatures dropping into the evening hours, we could see the rain mix over to snow into the overnight hours.
Indiana State Police say that to stay safe, you should also keep these tips in mind for a safe Halloween:
-A flashlight, glow stick, or reflective material on the costume increases visibility.
-Always trick or treat with an adult or in a group and use the buddy system when going from house to house.
-Please walk on the sidewalks and not in the roadway. Make sure you look both directions before crossing the street.
-Only go trick or treating at houses that you trust and where the front porch light is on.
-Only accept treats at the doorway of the house. Never enter the house of a stranger.
-If a child gets separated from the group, have them stay where they are located and ask an adult for help.