Forecast is for rain on Halloween

There’s a 70 percent chance of rain on Saturday, Halloween night, and parents and trick or treaters should keep that thought in mind when making preparations.

Among the Halloween events planned in Biloxi are Halloween in Hiller on Friday night and indoor trick or treating at Edgewater Mall on Saturday. (A Bmail on Wednesday listed an incorrect day for the Edgewater Mall event.)

The National Weather Service is predicting showers and thunderstorms likely for Saturday, mainly after 1 p.m., with some storms producing heavy rain. The chance of rain is 60 percent during the day Saturday, increasing to 70 percent Saturday night.

There is no mention of rain in the forecast for Friday, but partly cloudy skies are predicted.

Halloween in Hiller will feature nearly 50 businesses handing out Halloween treats Friday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Barbara Ferrill Softball Fields. The event begins with a costume contest for children up to age 11. Visitors also will find hayrides and fire truck rides, children’s games and inflatables, and the showing of the movie “Hotel Transylvania” at dusk. Food will be available for a minimal fee.

On Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the merchants of Edgewater Mall wiIl be handing out candy to family trick or treaters. Bags to collect treats will be given out at the mall’s four entrances, and two photo booths will be set up for a complimentary photo to take home. Teen-agers are asked not to wear masks.
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Halloween safety tips to remember

Halloween is Saturday night, and Biloxi public safety leaders are advising those families who are not participating in organized gatherings to make safety a priority when trick-or-treating in city neighborhoods. The city offers these tips:
When trick-or-treating:

— A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.

— Use a flashlight to see and be seen.

— Remove any mask or item that may limit eyesight before crossing street, driveway or alley.

— Stay in a group, walk slowly and communicate where you are going.

— Trick-or-treat only in well-known neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.

— Remain on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk exists, walk at the farthest edge of roadway facing traffic.

— Never cut across yards or use alleys.

— Never enter a stranger’s home or car for a treat.

— Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.

— Always walk. Never run across a street, and only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.

— Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have difficulty seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will.

— Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered. In fact, no treats should be eaten until thoroughly checked by an adult at home.

— Authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.
After trick-or-treating:

— Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.

— Try to apportion treats for the days after Halloween.

— Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies) are given only to those of an appropriate age.