'Ghoulish' traffic can occur during Halloween rush hour

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Drivers advised to plan ahead to avoid heavy traffic

PHOENIX -- Drivers are advised to plan for extra travel time Friday afternoon during what is often a "scary" commute due to heavier-than-usual traffic on Halloween, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

When Halloween falls on a weekday, many commuters change their regular routine, fleeing toward local freeways at nearly the same time in order to get home for trick-or-treating and Halloween parties. 

The result can be a fiendish commute.

ADOT recommends the following for surviving a mummy's curse of a Halloween drive home:

  • If possible, try to get an earlier start to your destination in order to avoid the scariest traffic conditions. Freeway traffic tends to build between 4-6 p.m., what has come to be known as the "witching hour."
  • Remember to be patient and recognize that it may take longer to get home during this particular commute. Take your time.
  • Don't let down your guard when you're nearing home. Remember: Disney princess, Minecraft characters and too-cool-to-be-costumed teenagers could be crossing streets in your neighborhood and might 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.