Halloween lurks around the corner

The Temple City Voice reminds readers to stay safe and have fun October 31st.

Written by LOUISA CHANG, Staff Writer / Published October 25, 2013 

Halloween is just around the corner. Kids are putting those final touches on their costumes and families are stocking up on bulk bags of candy for those trick o’ treaters that will come knocking on their doors.

However, this holiday isn’t always as sweet as it seems. Many parents are concerned about the safety of their children as they head out onto the streets late at night. Here are some safety tips to help ease your minds when taking your kids out:

Bring an escort. As children go out for Halloween, make sure that they are accompanied by an adult, preferably a parent or a legal guardian.

Wear bright, reflective costumes. By wearing costumes that stand out, it will be easy to pick your kid out of the crowd. This will also increase visibility, making sure that drivers will be able to see him or her when they are crossing the streets in the dark.

Take flashlights. As it gets darker outside, it will become harder for trick o’ treaters to see where they are going. To prevent your child from getting lost, make sure that they take a flashlight with fresh batteries in it to ensure their safety.

Use face paint or costume makeup instead of masks. Masks can block and limit eyesight, making it hard and uncomfortable for the wearer to see properly. Instead, use decorative hats, props, and make up as alternatives.

If there is an emergency, dial 911 and get help immediately. A safe and entertaining way to spend Halloween with your young ones this year can be attending the annual Temple City Halloween Carnival at Live Oak Park. For those who are older but still looking to enjoy themselves, going to an amusement park such as Knott’s Scary Farm or Universal’s Haunted Horror nights is a popular way to spend the evening. Another popular location for young adults is the Haunted Hayride located in Griffith Park where there is a maze, photo opportunities, pumpkin carving, a band, inexpensive food, and of course, the haunted hayride.

No matter what you end up doing, Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with friends and families. Have fun and enjoy, no matter what you end up doing!

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