Halloween Safety Tips! (If in a hurry, just check out the photo)
It's that time again folks. Children will be out and about on the spookiest night of the year. Let's make sure it stays fun for all involved. Below are some safety tips for everyone:
-Plan a route or specific neighborhood with your kids.
-Carry a flashlight or several thousand glow sticks. 🔦
-Stay off of the streets, and only cross after triple checking that the road is safe. 🚗🚕🚛🚎🛵
-If there are no sidewalks available, stay as close to the side of the road as possible. Not only watch out for vehicles driving down the street, but also backing out of driveways. Also, this is Arizona, so environmental hazards such as cacti, snakes, the occasional wayward coyote, uneven sidewalks, potholes, real spiderwebs and what comes with it.
-Use reflective tape on costumes. I know it's not the same, but sometimes you have just got to get your shine on. 👑
-Somewhere on the costume or inside of the mask, write down your phone number and/or address. In case of a lost child situation.
-Make sure that a (responsible) adult goes with children under 16. If your 16+ year-old is not responsible, please go with them too. It's too close to Christmas to argue (with Santa watching and all). Check all teens for toilet paper rolls, they are NOT going to be used for emergencies. Also, they will not be making omelettes, so they won't need the eggs. 🥚🥚
-Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should any children enter any residences or get into any vehicles with strangers.
-Make sure that everyone can see clearly out of their masks. 👻
-Only visit houses that have their porch lights on or are OBVIOUSLY decorated (No Boo Radley incidents). Not everyone celebrates Halloween, so make sure that your children are courteous to everyone they come in contact with, as some may leave their porch lights on out of habit.
-Instruct the kids that no treats are to be eaten until they are inspected by an adult first. None of this, "One for the road" stuff. Piggybacking on that, only eat factory sealed treats. "Here try these, my grandma makes delicious caramels" doesn't fly in 2018. Throw it in the trash. 🗑️🚮
-If you dress up your pets, make sure they are on a leash, not vicious, and are super cute. 🐶🦊 (The following are NOT allowed-🦁🐎🐘)
-Don't stay out too late, strike early or get a basket full of brussel sprouts. 🥦🍞🥕
-There's safety in numbers, try to stay with a group. 👨👩👧👦
-Be careful around Jack 🎃 Lanterns that have real candles🕯️. Costumes are rarely flame-resistant.
-Have all children use the rest room before going out. 🚽
For those giving out candy:
-DON'T BE THE CREEPER GIVING OUT THE HOMEMADE CARAMELS! 👀
-Keep your porch light on if you are participating.💡
-Keep a cell phone on your person while opening your door to strangers.
-Don't wear lavish jewelry or have your 80" 4K flatscreen on prominent display behind you. 💎📺💸
-Do not invite strangers into your castle. Politely decline if someone "Needs" to use your restroom. 🚻🚫
-PLEASE PUT THE PHONE 📱 DOWN. SERIOUSLY, I promise you won't miss out on the greatest meme, Tweet, Gram, Snap, or text ever. Please Please PLEASE pay attention to the roads. In fact, I challenge that you actually use your Driving Mode setting on your phone. Not just for Halloween, but always. This FaceBook account has been littered with Fatal collisions. As hard as it is to read about it, it is heartbreaking to write them. We would much rather put out good news, celebrate with the community and fight crime hand and hand with the great people of Tucson. Also, don't rush when driving, leave earlier so you don't feel the need to speed. Okay, done with my tirade.
-Triple check when backing out of driveways.
-When making right turns, stop before the perpendicular white lines at intersections. Children or people in wheelchairs may be crossing the street and they may be obscured by vehicles already stopped to the left of you.
-The Tucson Police Department wants everyone to Arrive Alive All of the Time. If you have made it this far in the post,
Thank you and have a Safe and Happy Halloween.
(Disclaimer: If your Grandmother really makes awesome caramels, and you hand them out at Halloween, and my comment offended you deeply, SHAME ON YOU FOR PAWNING OFF SUCH CHEWY AND SPEECH-ALTERING DELICACIES TO THE YOUTH! Those candies are to be placed in small crystal bowls to melt together for eternity). Have a Great Week Tucson!
Tea P. Dee