October is here and folks are gearing up for that spook-tacular holiday, decorating their homes, planning costumes, and enjoying the fun spirit. Here at Sunrise Asphalt, we wanted to take this moment to offer some safety tips for your family and some suggestions on where to celebrate!
Is it directly related to asphalt paving, sealing, or repair? No, maybe not, but if you have a driveway or walkway that trick or treaters will be marching up and down you should take these into consideration. Rest assured, we’ll get back to that all that great asphalt info in our next entry! For now, we’ve compiled some safety tips from a number of places to make sure the spooky night goes over without a problem
Halloween Decorations Safety Tips
- Light the Way.
- While a dark and spooky Halloween night can certainly make for great atmosphere, it can also be a hazard. Make sure your porch or front entryway has working bulbs, line a walkway if necessary. If they will be using your driveway, make sure that too is properly lit.
- Avoid Tripping Hazards
- Ensure the walkway and/or steps are free and clear of obstacles. If your driveway has some damage make it is lit or marked off so no one trips.
- Use Extension Cords Reasonably
- Again, we want to avoid having skeletons and ghosts tripping all over the driveway. And don’t overload them while you’re at it. Starting an electrical fire is much scarier than it is fun!
- Avoid Open Flames
- While a candle tucked in a jack-o-lantern is authentic as can be, it’s also a fire hazard. Let’s not light any scarecrows on fire this holiday shall we?
Are you or your kids going out trick or treating? Follow these safety tips to make sure they get out there, get the candy, and get back home safe again.
Safety Tips for Your Trick-or-Treaters
- Have your kids take working flashlights or plenty of glowsticks! You want them t be plenty visible to others driving out and about.
- Make sure their cellphones are charged up, so they can get ahold of you in case of an emergency. It wouldn’t hurt if they keep their heads up and phones away either, especially when crossing the roads.
- Let them know to walk only on sidewalks and, where sidewalks aren’t available, to walk against traffic as far away from the road as possible. The goal is to be as visible as possible for as long as possible.
- Make sure the costume your child picked out isn’t a tripping hazard to themselves, or impairs their vision.
- If your kids are under 12, don’t let them go out unsupervised. Get into the spirit, throw on a costume and get into the spirit of things!
Tucson Halloween Events
With all the preparations made, safety precautions met, it’s now time to enjoy the holiday! If you’re not planning on taking the kids out trick-or-treating, or passing out candy yourselves, maybe we could point you to a few of these Tucson events this Halloween!
Halloween in the Wild
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Explore a creepy castle at Halloween in the Wild! On October 20th, head out to the Wildlife Museum from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM for Halloween arts and crafts, live animals, games, and a haunted house! Everything is included with the museum ticket: Adults get in for $10, $7 for Seniors and military, $5 for Kids 4-12. Children 3 and under are free!
Halloween Boo Bash
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Head out to Lincoln Park for a night of carnival games, costume parades, trunk-or-treat and more! This event is put on by the City of Tucson parks and Rec department and is completely free to attend! You can find out more about it at their website.
Halloween Spooktacular in Oro Valley
The Oro Valley Community Center is hosting it’s annual Halloween Spooktacular! With hay rides, tons of food, costumed staff, themed games and activities and live music! They can host over 1,000+ kids at a time so don’t hesitate to head out and enjoy the festivities.
Alright, with that all sorted, we are going to get back to asphalt. Next time on the blog, we are going to talk about road repair, from city jobs to our own process. We’ll catch you next time!