PITTSBURGH, PA (October 30, 2019) – Public Safety is urging trick-or-treaters to stay safe in the city this Halloween.
The weather forecast is less-than-ideal during the City of Pittsburgh’s established trick-or-treating hours of 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Temperatures are expected to drop from a high of 68 degrees during the day, down to the low 50’s during trick-or treat hours, with a wind chill that will make it feel much colder. There is also significant rainfall in the forecast during that time.
Public Safety suggests that parents ensure their children’s costumes are reflective, light in color, and that any masks or makeup provide full visibility for crossing streets. Adding small clip-on lights to the front and back of a costume can also provide another measure of visibility.
Although some children may not want to add gloves, hats, or water-resistant jackets and footwear to their super hero or princess costumes, this may be essential to enjoying the night comfortably.
According to statistics from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Collision Investigation Unit, there has not been a fatal collision and there have not been any documented police reports of children struck by vehicles on Halloween night over the past five years in Pittsburgh. That’s good news. However, in that same five-year time period, there have been 33 pedestrian/vehicle collisions in the month of October when it gets darker earlier in the evening.
Public Safety would like to remind drivers to slow down during trick-or-treat hours, even more so during inclement weather, and for parents to assist children crossing the street during that time to ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween.