The City of Houghton is making preparations for this weekend’s Treat Street.
The 8th annual downtown Trick-or-Treating event brings roughly 2,000 kids to visit merchants along Shelden Avenue and tour the City Center’s haunted house.
The event, which traditionally has been held on Friday nights, has been moved to Saturday.
The festivities will also begin a little earlier, starting at 4:30pm and running until 6:00pm.
Houghton Police Chief John Donnelly said these changes should relieve concerns over traffic congestion and should help make the evening safer for everyone.
Westbound traffic on Shelden Avenue will be rerouted down Lakeshore Avenue on the east side of downtown.
Motorists crossing the bridge will be allowed up Quincy Street, folks are advised to be careful on that last block as there will be open businesses handing out candy to children.
Motorists heading toward M-26 are encouraged to continue down Lakeshore Avenue past Kestner Park to reduce traffic.
Donnelly said if it appears at any time that there is a danger to kids, they will shut down Quincy Street and send all vehicles down Lakeshore.
Donnelly also stressed the value of volunteers that make Treat Street possible, including members of the police and fire departments and HAM radio operators.