City will also host drive-thru Halloween Candy Stop event
ALEXANDRIA, La. — The City of Alexandria has set Halloween neighborhood trick-or-treating for children from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31.
In addition, the city will host the Halloween Candy Stop from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Oct. 30, in the Alexander Fulton Downtown Mini-Park. Like last year, the Halloween Candy Stop will offer a drive-thru experience for children to receive candy and treats.
“We want everyone to have fun,” Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall said, “but we also want everyone to be safe. As we did last year, we will have our drive-thru Halloween event on Saturday the 30th at the downtown mini park and then we will observe traditional door-to-door trick or treating on Sunday the 31st. I urge drivers to be extra cautious Halloween night and watch for children crossing the road. I also encourage parents to accompany their children on trick-or-treat rounds.”
Alexandria Police Chief Ronney Howard said officers will be on patrol and working to ensure the safety of children Halloween night. “It’s important for parents and children to stay aware of their surroundings at all times, to watch for cars and traffic, and to make sure that they can see where they are going if wearing a Halloween mask, and that costumes don’t create a trip hazard,” Howard said. “There is no treat worth any child getting injured during what should be a fun evening.”
On Halloween, safety should be a top priority. Here are some safety tips to consider:
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- Parents or adults should supervise children under age 13 for trick-or-treating. If children are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar, well-lit areas and trick-or-treat with a partner.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.