Editorial: A night for the spooky, a time for safety first!
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Not to belabor a point that we made in Tuesday’s edition, but when it comes to Halloween safety nothing should be taken for granted.

Much to the thrill of many ghosts, goblins, ghouls and the like, Halloween has finally arrived and with it comes plenty of opportunity for fun in groups — big or small.

Whether one’s chosen site tonight is the always festive Downtown Block Party or some old-fashioned trick-or-treating in familiar neighborhoods, we urge caution at every turn by individuals and motorists alike. Previously, we offered a long list of safety tips for motorists. Let us extend this scope of reminders today to ... say, everyone.

Thousands will be zeroing in on the downtown area, and if not downtown then the Bradley Square Mall or a variety of community-minded churches that are providing Halloween alternatives or supplementing the festivities in downtown Cleveland.

Working in cahoots with an array of partners, MainStreet Cleveland is again bringing tons of fun to the annual Block Party. This year’s event is the 26th as the giant outdoor showcase celebrated its Silver Anniversary in 2012.

Regardless of year — because the Halloween Block Party is always alive with opportunity — tonight’s selection in treats, food, booths, attractions and entertainment will be as big as ever.

Hungry beasts of the night will enjoy a smorgasbord of options, just a few of which include barbecued ribs, grilled chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, Mexican and Greek cuisine, and more.

Those who like good music, those who like it loud and those who prefer it in great quantity and variety, won’t be disappointed. The Block Party’s diverse field of entertainment is always among the best. On the Courthouse Stage at 5 p.m. will be Cleveland Dance & Performing Arts, but then Convertibull, a party band, takes over at 6 p.m. and the headliner, The Breakfast Club, which is a 1980s tribute band, will begin at 8 p.m.

But the Block Party goes far beyond food and entertainment.

Other festivities will include Mars Chocolate’s Treat Street on Church Street at 6 p.m. and the company’s Costume Contest on the Fun Stage (Courthouse/Post Office Annex) also at 6 p.m. Also on the Fun Stage, getting underway at 7 p.m. will be karaoke and music by Detour DJ Larz Hanson.

Of course, the evening will be filled with plenty of inflatables for the children.

Vendor booths sponsored by schools, churches, nonprofit organizations and local businesses will line the downtown area in all directions.

The Downtown Halloween Block Party isn’t just for the adults. It isn’t just for the kids. It isn’t just for rock and rollers. It isn’t just for lovers of candy. It isn’t just for those in search of some tasty food. It is for everyone. It is a family-friendly gathering for all to enjoy.

It is for youngsters.

It is for teenagers.

It is for young adults.

It is even for older residents whose love for Halloween never faded.

But, because the Block Party involves thousands of people, most of whom will be distracted by all that surrounds them, we repeat our word of caution mentioned at the outset and also on Tuesday.

Be careful. Be safe. Make good decisions.

Parents, watch your children.

Kids, watch your parents and stay close.

Big crowds can be entertaining. But big crowds also can be perilous simply by virtue of their size.

Just remember safety first in all you do. Accidents will happen. Injuries can occur.

But their frequency, and severity, can be minimized.

Happy, and SAFE, Halloween to all!