BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Halloween decorations line the streets of one neighborhood just off Dunbar Avenue in Bay St. Louis. The streets are empty now, but come Friday evening this popular trick-or-treat spot will be lined with children in costumes.
"You end up buying a lot of candy, but it's well worth it to watch all the kids come in wagons, they come in golf carts," Bay St. Louis resident Chip Prevou said. "They are all up and down the street and it starts as soon as it's dark."
Along with the normal excitement, this Halloween will also bring lots of football fans to the same neighborhood, which is just around the corner from Bay High School Stadium.
"People coming back and forth to the stadium is high volume of traffic and I even put up a sign when that's going on to remind people to drive 25, because it is a residential road," Prevou said. "My main concern is the safety. There is a lot coming together at the wrong time and that's a recipe for disaster."
City leaders have come up with a plan.
"We are going to do an efficient job of funneling all the football traffic into high traffic areas and keep them out of the neighborhoods," Mayor Les Fillingame said.
Fans headed to Tiger stadium from the east will be routed from Dunbar Avenue to Harry Street. Those coming from the west will be routed from Blue Meadow Road past the high school, down Beyer Drive to Athletic Drive and around to the stadium.
"We want parents to realize there's going to be a lot of traffic on the street and watch out for the kids," Police Chief Mike DeNardo said. "Wear light color clothing, carry some kind of illumination, flashlights, some chem light sticks, something so someone can see them."
"It's going to be a great night in Bay St. Louis, the parents, the children, everybody," Fillingame said. "Of course, we are really just going overboard to make sure everyone stays safe."
To make things easier for both fans and trick-or-treaters, there will also be a lot of extra officers on the streets. Also, officers with the Bay St. Louis Police Department plan to touch base with both Bay High School and the visiting team, Moss Point High School, to make sure parents and students know how to get into the stadium.