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People make their way through the police checkpoint at 5th and Evans Saturday night for the Halloween celebration.

Jenni Farrow/The Daily Reflector

People make their way through the police checkpoint at 5th and Evans Saturday night for the Halloween celebration.

Editorial: Be safe for Halloween

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Safety is the first priority for trick-or-treating and other Halloween events all across Greenville tonight. Motorists should be extra cautious as excited little “ghosts and goblins” take to the streets going home to home collecting candy.

In the downtown area, where the streets have erupted in costumed revelry each Halloween night for many years, the fun is far more adult oriented and safety is given added emphasis. Residents and visitors who participate in the festivities downtown are expected to have good fun and behave reasonably. To that end, there will be plenty of police presence.

The tradition of filling downtown streets and nightclubs in the wee hours of Oct. 31 started with college students decades ago and soon began attracting partiers from other cities and nearby military bases. A majority of those who venture downtown tonight will not be looking for trouble, but simply to have a good time with friends. They can be assured that an abundance of Greenville police officers will be doing all they can to ensure everyone’s safety.

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