Wake Forest works to make Halloween safe


WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WNCN) – Halloween fun is expected to kick off this weekend, but not before local law enforcement warn parents of the dangers their kids could face if precautions aren’t taken.

Wake Forest police is turning to social media and various apps to help spread their message.

In Wake Forest’s historic district, residents have a reputation to uphold.
Warlocks and witches will cover the main street homes and kids will wait in line for the fun.

But like police, even long-time residents know ghosts and goblins aren’t the only concerns on Halloween.

“Like I said, just don’t let them run across the street by themselves. Cars are the most dangerous,” said Phil Copeland, who was still hanging his decorations in preparation for Monday’s trick-or-treating guests.

“It’s uplifting, but it can also be a little bit of concern for the volume (of people),” Nancy Bates described. “And also entrances to be people’s sidewalks and walkways can be dark.”

Bates has kept her version of “The Bates Motel” in business every Halloween for 28 years.

She gives credit to the Wake Forest Police Department for keeping the neighborhoods safe for the holiday.

This year, officials will use the app, Nextdoor, to spread Halloween tips to parents.

“We have about 7,200 residents who are members of Nextdoor so that represents about 5,500 households so we recognize it as a fantastic opportunity to reach people in these neighborhoods,” explained Bill Crabtree, a spokesman for Wake Forest.

Eighty neighborhoods will get a message from police reminding them of several tips, including:

  • Trick-or-treat in bright, reflective costumes
  • Always sort through Halloween candy
  • Leave a porch light on to show you’re participating in the fun
  • Drive slow down and beware of kids

Trick-treating hours in Wake Forest are set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

You can check in with your local police departments for schedules of Halloween events.

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