Happy Halloween! Is Your Child “Street-Ready?”
It’s that time of year again! That time when pumpkins come out and ghosts and goblins roam the streets looking for candy. Since 1996, The Husband and Wife Law Team of Mark and Alexis Breyer know there’s no better place to celebrate Halloween with their eight children than in Phoenix!
But everyone becomes too excited, it’s important to review different safety measures that should be taken so the holiday is truly a happy one.
Celebrate Halloween Around Phoenix!
For those feeling a bit artsy, the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden is the place to be. It’s open October 20 to 29 and is a fun walk full of “enchanted” pumpkins. These pumpkins have been carved into 3-D sculptures by master sculptor Ray Villafane, then placed into a number of poses to provide a whimsical walk to anyone who wishes to pass through the Carefree Desert Gardens.
Those who want to spend an entire weekend celebrating Halloween can do so at the Haunted Harbor at Lake (Un)Pleasant. Here there will be movies by the lake, trunk n’ treat, live music, and even hot air balloon rides. This is open for the weekend of October 20 to 21, or October 27 to 28.
Trick-or-treating can be an anxious time for any parent. Children are running in and around the streets, and it’s often dark, making them less visible to vehicles. The Queen Creek Trunk or Treat event will change all of that, though. This event runs on October 21 and allows children and parents to go from car to car, getting treats out of the trunk. In addition to getting their candy in a safe environment, this event also has carnival games, costume contests, and a Teen Zombie Film Festival.
On October 21, the Goofy Ghost Walk will take place, giving enthusiasts everything Halloween in one shot. First, participants go on a quarter-mile walk through the desert in their best Halloween costumes. Then they gather around the amphitheater to listen to spooky stories before finishing it all off with a good old marshmallow roast.
In addition to these one-time events, there are others running in Phoenix throughout the entire month. Every night in October, the mini golf courses at Golfland will turn spooky for those trying to get the best score over 18 rounds of golf. There will be characters in costume, graveyards to be avoided, and of course, plenty of treats to go around.
Every weekend in October, families can go to Schnepf Farms to get their autumn on. Every Thursday through Sunday, the farm will provide hayrides, a petting zoo, and a corn maze. Amusement rides, a rock-climbing wall, and a pit for roasting marshmallows are just a few more of the activities that really make this a party.
Staying Safe Through the Holiday
Safety is always an inherent concern around Halloween time. Children are walking around and crossing streets in the dark; there’s a chance they could get lost, and any number of things could happen. For these reasons, every parent should consider reviewing safety measures before anyone heads out for trick-or-treating, or for another event. Here are our tips?
- Costumes should always allow those in them to see their surroundings, as well as allow others to see the costume. This means that masks should be worn with caution, as they can compromise a person’s vision. To make a costume more visible to those in vehicles, it could be light in color. Placing reflective tape on the costume can also help make it more visible to vehicles, particularly if the costume is dark in color.
- Anyone in a costume should also be able to move freely in it. Costumes should not include oversized shoes, high heels, long dresses, or long capes. These items can get tangled in a person’s feet and cause trip-and-falls. If that happens, a child can fall into the path of vehicles that don’t have time to stop.
- Regardless of whether or not a child is with an adult, he or she can still get lost when out trick-or-treating. While no parent wants to think about this possibility, it’s best to be prepared by writing your name, address, and phone number into your children’s costumes before they head out.
Halloween is when people get to pretend to be someone else, go to parties and celebrate with friends and family, and of course, collect candy. The Husband and Wife Law Team hopes these basic safety tips ensure your holiday can be fully enjoyed, and everyone gets back home safely!
If you have any questions about legal options after your child suffered an injury on Halloween night, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Phoenix child injury lawyers at (602) 267-1280.
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