While it’s unclear what level of participation the community will experience, Franklin Police Officers will be doing their part to ensure a safe, enjoyable Halloween for Franklin residents.
Due to its traditionally high volume of pedestrian activity, officers will close West Main Street and Fair Street to vehicle traffic between 7th & 11th Avenues, and 9th Avenue between Natchez St. & 96W from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 31 to ensure trick-or-treating safety (see the map).
Statistics show that children are at higher risk of being hit by a car and seriously injured on Halloween than any other night of the year. Reasons include:
- They often choose to take the shortest route, which may mean darting out between parked cars rather than taking the safer route of crossing at corners.
- They are not good at evaluating potential traffic threats.
- They are more likely to ignore their peripheral vision and are generally less attentive to their surroundings.
- They tend to take more risks.
- They cannot cross the street as rapidly as adults.
- They may be distracted by other children’s costumes and actions, and home decorations.
Trick-or-treat days & times in Franklin are set by individual neighborhoods and homeowner associations. Police encourage parents to trick-or-treat with their kids, and to tell them that some people driving cars may not see or slow down for them.