'Devilish' traffic can occur during Halloween afternoon rush hour

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

Drivers advised to make alternate plans to avoid heavy traffic

PHOENIX -- Drivers are advised to plan for extra travel time after work on Thursday because of heavier traffic congestion that can occur on Halloween, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

When Halloween falls on a weekday, more commuters tend to change their routine and wind up on local freeways at nearly the same time in order to get home for trick-or-treating and Halloween parties.

ADOT recommends the following tips for Thursday afternoon commuters:

If possible, try to get an earlier start home in order to avoid the scariest traffic conditions. Freeway traffic tends to build between 4-6 p.m., what we call the "witching hour."

Remember to be patient and recognize that it may take longer to get home during this particular commute. Take your time; no one wants to make an unexpected, one-way trip to the afterlife.

Don't be in a hurry when you're almost home. Remember, zombies, princesses and two-legged jack-o-lanterns could be crossing streets in your neighborhood and may not be paying attention.

For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT's Travel Information Site at az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 5-1-1.