Trick or treat! Soon little ones will be knocking on doors in costumes and adults going to less-than-kid-friendly (but still fun!) events. Halloween is a fun-for-all-ages day. But a lot can go wrong. With the recent creepy clowns that have been popping up throughout the country, we want to make sure you are being safe this candy-eating season. Here are some Halloween safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this year.
Tips For Parents
1. Don’t walk in the street
In neighborhoods like Kenwood or Old Northeast it can seem easier to cross the street wherever it’s convenient instead of crossing in the crosswalk. Especially with the parking of larger cars on the street, it can be very difficult for oncoming cars to see children in time. Also, avoid walking between parked cars. Bottom line: Use the crosswalks. That’s what they’re for.
2. Ensure your child is seen
If you are unable to go early in the evening, make sure your child is seen by passing cars by adding a reflective tape to their costume, shoes, and/or candy bag. You can also have them carry or wear glow sticks, just ensure that the life of them is longer or as long as you plan on being out and about.
3. Do not leave your child unoccupied
Again, maybe a bit of a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning. Keeping them within your line of sight can ensure they are not exposed to anything not age-appropriate and ensure they are not eating any candy that may be dangerous.
Tips For Adult Trick-Or-Treaters
1. “Okay” rowdy parties with neighbors
If you’re planning on having a large party, especially one that goes into the wee hours of the morning, it’s a good idea to give your neighbors some notice. Even better, invite them to join! No one can complain about the noise if you’re all in on it!
2. Be extra cautious on your commute
Planning to party hard? Cool. Please do it safely. If you plan on drinking make sure you have a designated driver lined up or use services such as Uber or Lyft. If you are driving (and not drinking) watch out for kids in the street. Even the best kids can make a mistake and run out into the road. Drive slowly and watch both sides of the road.
3. Make sure your home is safe inside and out
Make sure there is a clear, well-lit way to and from your front door. This will help ensure no one trips while getting in and out of your party. While fake blood is to be expected, make sure no one sheds any real blood by moving glass or breakable objects out of the party area.
Not sure what to do this Halloween? Listed below are some events around St. Petersburg you might enjoy. On 10/22 show up with a carved pumpkin to 6th Annual Pumpkin Fest at Ale and the Witch and get a $10 gift card. October 21st get your grub on at Food Truck Around Town Trick Or Treat at 250 8th Ave SE. Saturday, October 29th you have your pick: Halloween Open House benefiting SPCA Tampa Bay, and Spooky Saturday at Station House