Hudson Valley dresses up for a safe and spooktacular Halloween

As Halloween approaches, safety remains a top priority for parents and children alike across the Hudson Valley.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, the number of child pedestrians killed on Halloween is nearly three times higher than the daily average. 
In Tarrytown, officials are urging all trick-or-treaters to stay safe by following these tips:
  • Ensure costumes allow for clear vision and easy movement.
  • Carry a flashlight or glow sticks and use reflective tape on costumes for visibility.
  • No eating treats until returning home; parents, inspect candy for safety.
  • For children with allergies, consider bringing an EpiPen.
  • Be aware of curfews in place in communities like Yonkers, Greenburgh, Woodbury, and Newburgh
"We have patrols out in all the neighborhoods, and we'll be looking to have a visible presence, so motorists see us," says Tarrytown Police Lt. Chris Cole.
Meanwhile, registered and non-registered sex offenders on probation in Westchester County are required to attend an educational program at the county courthouse tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Here are just some of the of the events taking place today:
  • The Department of Public Works in Yonkers invites trick-or-treaters of all ages. Families can visit the service center on Nepperhan Avenue from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Join state and local first responders for the thrilling "Pumpkin Run for Pediatrics" this afternoon. The race kicks off at
  • Elizabeth Seton Children's Center in Yonkers is set to host a delightful Halloween parade. This center specializes in caring for children with complex medical conditions. Residents, caregivers, staff, and families will gather at 300 Corporate Boulevard at 10:15 a.m. to kick off the festivities.
Lt. Chris Cole talks about how to keep kids safe
Lisa LaRocca was ready for for trick-or-treating early today