Here at PARRIS, we love Halloween. Our Antelope Valley community loves the rush of last-minute candy runs to the supermarket, the moments spent in front of the mirror perfecting that hilarious costume, and the delighted squeals of costumed kids as they take stock of their candy haul. However, as one would expect from a holiday where children roam around after the sun sets, Halloween can be a dangerous time. To help keep our community safe for trick-or-treaters, please review these Halloween safety tips to help everyone have a fun and safe Halloween.
For Parents Out With Children Trick-or-Treating
- Carry a flashlight so drivers can see you, and have your children carry glow sticks or wear reflective tape.
- Review and follow these pedestrian safety rules with your child.
- Select costumes that are the correct size to prevent trips and falls.
- Avoid masks that can obstruct a child’s vision. If possible, opt for face paint or makeup instead.
- If using makeup, ensure that you test it in a small area first to prevent skin irritation.
- Ensure all wigs, costumes, and accessories are fire-resistant.
- Keep all costumed or non-costumed pets on a leash.
- Wait until you get home to eat treats, and examine them first for choking hazards and signs of tampering.
For Those Driving
- Take particular care to follow all traffic safety laws to avoid unnecessary vehicle accidents.
- Watch out for trick-or-treaters who may dart out from behind parked cars or cross the street mid-block.
- Turn your headlights on earlier in the day for more visibility.
- Enter and exit alleys and driveways carefully and slowly.
- Slow down and remain alert by getting rid of any distractions, such as phones or food.
- Discourage new or inexperienced drivers from driving the evening of Halloween if possible.
For Those Passing Out Candy At Home
- Ensure walkways and stairs are well-lit and clear of objects that could cause falls.
- Keep jack-o-lanterns (or anything with an open flame) away from steps, walkways, curtains, landings, and out of reach of pets and small children.
- Pass out wrapped candy from the store, discarding anything with a partially open wrapper.
- Have an adult near the door if your child is passing out the candy, and if you see something unusual or odd, don’t be afraid to report the incident to the local police.
Safety on Halloween may not be the first subject on your mind, but it is nevertheless a crucially important one. From our PARRIS family to yours: have a spooktacular Halloween!