Written by Gilbert Zavala
Halloween is just around the corner, and as the spooky season approaches, it's important to ensure a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treating experience for your little ghouls and goblins.
Here are some 211 LA tips to remember:
1. Plan Your Route Ahead of Time:
- Parents should plan their trick-or-treat route in advance and avoid busy streets.
2. Drive Extra Safely:
- When driving on Halloween, be extra cautious.
- Drive below the posted speed limit, especially in residential areas.
- Children can be excited and may not notice vehicles when crossing the street.
- Do not pass another vehicle that has stopped in the roadway; they could be dropping off children.
3. Trick-or-Treat with an Adult:
- Children under the age of 12 years old should always trick-or-treat with an adult.
4. Teach Street Safety:
- Explain to your child the importance of looking both ways twice and listening to their surroundings before crossing the street.
- Remind them to continue watching for cars even while crossing the street and not to cross mid-block.
5. Stay Together in Groups:
- Trick-or-treat with a group and ensure everyone stays together.
6. Choose Visible Costumes:
- Children should wear costumes that are visible, easy to walk in, and well-lit.
- Light-colored costumes are recommended.
- Use retro-reflective tape for added visibility.
- If wearing a mask, ensure good visibility or consider using non-toxic makeup.
- Carry a flashlight so that drivers can easily spot you.
7. Use Crosswalks and Well-Lit Homes:
- Use crosswalks when available or cross at intersections.
- Always look both ways before crossing the street.
- Only approach well-lit homes with their porch lights on.
8. Set Up a Meeting Place:
- Establish a meeting place in case anyone gets separated from the group.
9. Discuss 9-1-1 and Candy Inspection:
- Talk to your children about the 9-1-1 emergency system and how to dial the number if needed.
- After collecting candy, inspect it before allowing your children to eat it. Discard any opened or suspicious-looking treats.
10. Be Vigilant Against Illicit Products:
- Be aware that some illicit products are being disguised as candy.
- Although children may not be the target, remain diligent to ensure such products haven't been mixed in with your children's candy.