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'Chilly Trick-or-Treating:' Tips to stay warm and safe

Posted at 10:07 AM, Oct 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-31 12:28:36-04

BOZEMAN — Halloween is today and that means parents should be taking extra steps to make sure their little ghosts and goblins have a fun and safe experience.

While it’ll still be light out, having things like glow sticks and reflective tape can go a long way to making you safer.

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“Our downtown businesses give out literally thousands of pieces of candy," says Ellie Staley, Downtown Bozeman Association.

One might think a bit of chill would slow down the next bear or ghoul or costumed skeleton on Halloween night, but Staley says it rarely does.

“We usually get about 4,000 people down for this event," Staley says. "Our businesses dress up.”

While it might warm up a little, there’s only so much a costume can do to fight the chill. The DBA works closely with Bozeman City Police to warn about hypothermia and pedestrian rules.

“We run the intersections," Staley says. "We do put up added signage on both ends, east and west. We work really well with our businesses to make sure that people stay up against the buildings.”

When it comes to safety on Halloween night, there’s a lot of things to keep in mind, from warmth and just being able to see through your costume.

Bozeman City Police are warning that even when you are wearing masks, make sure you know what you are doing, and you have somebody with you so you can see where you are going, all while staying warm.

Staley adds that here’s nothing wrong with making your costume glow a little extra. As for drivers, she warns they should stay vigilant, too, so nothing goes wrong on Halloween night.

“Watch the don’t walk and walk signals downtown and I think, all in all, everybody really does pay attention to that," Staley said.