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State Police remind everyone to practice safety this Halloween

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Posted at 7:35 AM, Oct 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-28 08:35:27-04

Louisiana State Police is reminding everyone to make safety a top priority this Halloween.

With children in costumes walking and riding through neighborhoods across Louisiana, parents and guardians are reminded to be aware of possible hazards and dangerous situations.

See LSP’s 2021 Halloween Safety PSA below:

To ensure that trick-or-treating is a safe and memorable event for everyone, Troopers are recommending the following safety tips:

  • Ensure that your child remains as visible as possible by carrying a flashlight or glow stick, and/or wearing reflective clothing or costumes to alert drivers of the child’s location.
  • Remember that masks can restrict vision and breathing, restricting sight of oncoming vehicles. Face painting is a safer option.
  • Avoid potential tripping hazards, such as costumes that drag on the ground.
  • Accompany children so they do not enter homes or vehicles without permission.
  • Plan your trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
  • Remember to walk on sidewalks when available. If walking on the street is necessary, pedestrians should walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Children should also know their address, phone number, and how to dial 911 for emergencies. Young children should have this information attached somewhere on their costumes in the event they get separated or lost.
  • Parents are urged to inspect all candy for safety after returning home.

Motorists are advised to use caution and drive slowly through residential areas and intersections leading to neighborhoods. Troopers say that trick-or-treaters may run across the street without looking for vehicles or their vision could be obscured by masks. Also, Troopers ask that motorists drive with their headlights on, even during daylight and dusk hours, so that other vehicles and pedestrians can see vehicles from farther distances.

Under current State Law, it is illegal for a registered sex offender to participate in Halloween trick-or-treat activities.

Parents can find information regarding the presence of sex offenders and predators in their neighborhoods by visiting the Louisiana Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry online at:

If you become aware of a sex offender who is attending costume parties or giving out candy where children are present, you are asked to notify your local law enforcement immediately.

Troopers say that Halloween has also been a deadly night due to impaired drivers.

Adults that take part in Halloween parties and trick-or-treating while consuming alcoholic beverages are strongly encouraged to have a plan for a safe ride home. Troopes say your plan can include utilizing a ridesharing service, taxi, or having a designated driver. Troopers ask that sober party-goers also help out by keeping impaired friends from getting behind the wheel.

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