ANGELENO HEIGHTS — The streets of this Victorian enclave east of Echo Park Lake will be busy tonight as throngs of trick-or-treaters descend on Carroll Avenue and its restored mansions. But the streets will also be filled with Dodger fans driving to nearby Dodger Stadium for Game 6 of the World Series. The prospect of all that extra traffic on Halloween night has some worried about safety.
An Angeleno Heights resident named Kathy notes that in previous years Halloween trick-or-treaters begin arriving as early as 4:30 pm, which would put them on the streets as Dodger fans cut through the neighborhood for the start of the game at 5:20 pm. Says Kathy:
“This is a longstanding tradition and celebratory night in the neighborhood bringing in families from all over particularly south of the 101 and the surrounding hills plus all those who come to see the historic Victorian homes dressed and decorated for Halloween. The trick or treaters arrive from 4:30 PM ON (some years earlier) putting them in the direct path of Dodger fans and car sharing services that use EAST EDGEWARE ROAD and KENSINGTON AVE. as a cut through to Allison St./Sunset Blvd and the Vin Scully Ave entrance to DODGER STADIUM. As a local resident, all season I have witnessed first-hand speeding and distracted drivers (as well as some courteous ones, too) on their way to the stadium in the last hour before game time.”
Her solution: Set up temporary barricades and or traffic officers at some key locations to steer traffic away from the streets most popular with the candy-seeking kids.
She’s made last minute appeals to the police to take extra measures but concedes her requests might have come too late to do anything.
“I enjoy the tradition of giving out candy to all the kids and hope the streets will be as safe as possible,” she said.
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