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Ghosts, goblins, witches, skeletons and a few particularly disturbing clowns have been cavorting in yards all over Artesia for the past several weeks, even more will take to the streets.

With Halloween on its way Tuesday and several community events, the Artesia Police Department (APD) is offering a few safety tips for revelers young and old.

Artesians are further encouraged to be aware of other events that may be taking place, from church trunk-or-treats to house parties, and to reduce speed in congested areas in order to keep everyone celebrating safely.

“The Artesia Police Department will also have extra officers out for Halloween night to patrol the neighborhoods while parents and children are enjoying the annual festivity,” Quinones said.

Halloween is expected to be a bit more bone chilling than usual this year, as a cold front is forecast to move into the Artesia area Saturday. Tuesday’s current predicted high is 51, with temperatures dropping further as the evening hours arrive.

In addition to incorporating a coat and some heavy socks into your costume of choice, Quinones and the APD offer the following trick-or-treat safety tips:

• Always accompany young children around neighborhoods or scheduled events.

• Tell older children to remain in a group and stay in communication with you.

• Only go to well-lit homes on Halloween night.

• Do not enter any homes or cars for treats.

• Report any suspicious activities or crimes that might be happening.

Artesians are encouraged to stay safe, stay warm, have several pieces of whatever that is manufacturers are calling “fun size” candy these days, and above all, enjoy the start of the holiday season!

Brienne Green
Daily Press Editor

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