Rhinelander police will have extra boots on the ground during Thursday night’s trick-or-treating.
Rhinelander Police Captain Ron Lueneburg says officers will be enforcing traffic safety while kids are out on the streets.
“Just making sure that people are able to cross the street safely, and that no one is speeding through the residential areas and things like that.”
The extra patrols will be out between 4 and 7 pm Halloween night. Lueneburg says the department hopes for another safe year of trick-or-treating.
“Fortunately over years past we’ve enjoyed very safe family night trick or treating events. So we’re very pleased about that and it’s a record we want to continue to maintain.”
Aside from an occasional smashed pumpkin Lueneburg says Halloween vandalism is not too big of a concern.
Not all communities will have extra patrols on Halloween. Some already had trick-or-treating events over the weekend. Crandon, Antigo, Woodruff and Tomahawk departments will all have standard patrols.
Meanwhile the state Department of Transportation is telling parents to make sure kids’ costumes are visible, with bright colors or reflective material. Eagle River police say trick or treaters should carry flashlights and only go to well-lit houses.