Some Essex-area residents are still bailing out after the floods caused by the remnants of Hurricane Sandy, some students won't be going to school, but will any of that that stop any trick-or-treaters from hitting the streets Wednesday night?
It isn't stopping them up in Aberdeen, where the city government there says trick-or-treating is still on. Many other communities up and down the eastern seaboard—except in hard-hit New Jersey—are going on with trick-or-treating as planned, Fox News reports.
Whether Halloween trick-or-treating can be done safely in Baltimore County depends on conditions over the next 24 hours, according to police spokeswoman Elise Armacost.
"Police, fire and public works crews are working around the clock today, tonight and into tomorrow to clear the roads and sidewalks of downed wires and trees," Armacost said in email on Tuesday. "If Halloween were tonight, we would strongly discourage trick or treating."
But if you or your child do go out for Halloween, bundle up—Accuweather says evening temperatures won't get above 50 and the wind will make it feel even colder.
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And whether you're letting the kids go out or not, there's still time to enter our costume contest for a shot at $250 and a grand prize of $5,000.
If you are going out on Halloween, here are some tips from the State Highway Administration, given in a press release sent out last week:
•Stop for pedestrians–Maryland law requires motorists to stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks and intersections.
•Obey the speed limit. Speeding only makes it more difficult to stop unexpectedly.
•Motorists should be more cautious during peak trick-or-treating hours between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
•Enter and exit driveways slowly, and turn at intersections with caution.
•Be alert for children darting across the street and crossing between parked cars.
•When driving children to and from different activities, make sure all seat belts are fastened and let children out of the car on the curbside.
•Never drink and drive. Designate a sober driver.
•Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
•Cross at crosswalks or intersections.
•Be sure to see and be seen. Avoid dark clothing, wear bright colors and use reflective devices such as vests and blinking lights.
•Avoid costumes that may impair vision.
•Make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street.
•Stay alert and be on the lookout for cars traveling above the speed limit.
Arbutus Patch editor Bruce Goldfarb contributed to this report.