I like to go out after 9 or even 10... fewer people around :-) and also much cooler, at this time of year.
Walk safe! But yes, nights are so beautiful!
I carry a big maglite, though I only turn it on for visibility when a car is coming. It could serve as a handy club if necessary too ;-) Though my neighborhood is very quiet and safe.
The biggest hazard in my neck of the woods is myself - I am a klutz...plus, I am sleepy by 7 PM. Much happier when I exercise in the light of day.
The reason this is a challenge for me is that I easily can put off getting out many times during the day, sidetracked and distracted. Then I feel shitty when the day is gone, and I didn't do anything. So, this is put up or shut up month.