Safety Tips to Prevent Frightful Halloween Accidents in New Orleans
Ah, Halloween. It’s a special day for children—and one that should only be about fun and pretend frights. However, COVID-19 concerns add a whole other layer of scary to what could happen. To help take the fright out of your Halloween fun, we came up with a few tips on how to enjoy a safer 2020 Halloween, Halloween recommendations by city officials, and a few planned community activities in NOLA.
8 Tips for a Safer Halloween in New Orleans
1. Let adults do the carving. Jack-o’-lanterns can be more than just scary-looking if you let young children wield real knives. Leave the carving to adults. Let children decorate safely with magic markers, construction paper and glue, and glitter. Also, use glow sticks or battery operated electric candles for lighting. Today, you don’t have to risk serious burn injuries and fire by lighting jack-o’-lanterns with real candles.
2. Wear a protective mask with your costume. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends against traditional Louisiana Halloween activities like trick-or-treating, some families will still want to venture out into their neighborhoods and attend other community events.
Fortunately, there’s no shortage of creative AND safe costumes for children to wear that are COVID-19 friendly, allowing for the use of a protective face mask with at least two layers of breathable fabric that covers your mouth and nose. Just don’t layer a protective mask with a costume mask to avoid breathing restrictions.
3. Leave sharp accessories at home. Wands, knives and swords can be dangerous even if they’re just toys. Flexible glow sticks are just as fun without the risks – and they make your child more visible to drivers and other pedestrians.
4. Keep your distance. If you do go out, take extra precautions and modify your activities to keep a social distance of at least six feet from people outside your household.
5. Frequently wash your hands. Frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating any treats, is key to help reduce the risks of catching and spreading the common cold, flu, and COVID-19.
6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. This is difficult enough for adults, but even more so for young kids, especially those who may want to snack on a candy treat. To help reduce the temptation, bring a safe treat that can be enjoyed until you have a chance to inspect and sanitize any goodies.
7. Don’t let your child eat treats until at home. Feed your child before trick-or-treating begins. Include a candy treat for dessert as appropriate, so that your child is less likely to want to snack. Once home, inspect candy wrappers for suspicious pinpricks or holes. Discard any with damaged wrappers or discoloration. Discard homemade offerings.
8. Watch traffic and make sure children can be seen. Drivers may have a difficult time seeing children – and they can move quickly and unpredictably. Accompany small children when they trick-or-treat. Caution teens to travel in groups. Pedestrians should stay off the road and on sidewalks. Again, they should wear bright clothing with reflective tape to make them more visible.
Halloween in Hammond
Mayor Pete Panepinto offered some help on how to safely enjoy Halloween in Hammond with kids. He recommends finding creative and fun ways to safely keep your distance, such as candy chutes, drive-by candy tosses, and pet parades.
The mayor also stated that trick-or-treating hours on Saturday, October 31, 2020 will be from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Hammond, however you chose to celebrate.
Kid-Friendly Halloween Events near NOLA
In addition to any Halloween plans you may have, here are a few other ideas of events we heard about near New Orleans.
Music & Movie Night at Pontiff Playground– October 30: Come out for a family-friendly night of music with School of Rock followed by a showing of Casper the Friendly Ghost! Music begins at 5:30pm and the movie begins at 7:00 p.m. Social distancing guidelines will be adhered to and they request that everyone wears a mask. A variety of vendors will also be present selling dinner.
Lafreniere Park Trunk or Treat– October 30: Enjoy trunk or treat at beautiful Lafreniere Park on October 30th! Tickets will be $5.00 per child 12 and under, and children are encouraged to dress up. There will be food trucks on-site with refreshments available for purchase.
Lower 9th Ward DRIVE BOO Trunk or Treat – October 31: the Lower 9th Ward Homeownership Association is hosting Drive Boo Trunk or Treat Candy distributions at various sites in the Lower 9th Ward from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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