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Eleven-month-old Kayden Kirby enjoys her first Halloween-related event Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, at the Citrus Memorial Health foundation YMCA's Trunk or Treat. Youths and their families were socially distanced with other COVID-19 safety measures were in effect for the evening's event. 

Hopefully, all of Citrus County’s partygoers and trick-or-treaters have their costumes ready for the upcoming Halloween festivities.

If not, the Chronicle has researched and compiled 10 of this year’s most popular costumes for last minute shoppers, according to Best and the New York Post.

  • Red guards or contestants from the Netflix original series, "Squid Game"
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci
  • Cruella de Vil, of the 2021 “Cruella” film
  • Beth Harmon from the Netflix original series, “Queen’s Gambit”
  • Jeff Bezos in space
  • Wednesday Addams from “Addams Family”
  • Bennifer (a.k.a. America’s power couple)
  • Wanda Maximoff from “Wandavision”
  • Carole Baskin or Joe Exotic from the Netflix original series, “Tiger King”
  • Rey from the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy

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Not into pop-culture? Go with one of the classics like a black cat, skeleton, witch, princess, zombie, vampire or Danny Zuko or Sandy from “Grease.”

While it’s important to have a fun night, safety is equally, if not more, important. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) has the following tips for motorists, parents and trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

Motorists should slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive slowly in case a child darts out into the street.

Always watch out for children. The darker it gets, the harder they will be to see. Keep your headlights on to remain visible and carefully enter and exit driveways.

Parents should supervise children 12 years or younger. Have a plan, know your trick-or-treating route and share it with your kids.

Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and stop at well lit homes, never in a stranger's home or garage.

Check your children’s candy and tell them not to eat any until they get home. Establish a time for going home and have a safe place to meet if you get separated.

Trick-or-treaters should stay on sidewalks and avoid streets when possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road facing oncoming drivers. Look both ways and listen for cars before crossing the street.

Trick-or-treat in a group or with an older person or responsible youth. If going alone, tell a parent where you will be and the route you are taking.

In addition to Halloween safety, CCSO provides a yearly list of local sexual predators and their addresses to avoid while trick-or-treating. The list can be found on their Facebook page in the coming week or on the “Sheriff Citrus” app. 

For more information, visit facebook.com/SheriffCitrus.  

Hannah Sachewicz is a reporter for the Chronicle. She can be reached at 352-564-2929 or hannah.sachewicz@chronicleonline.com.