Ghouls, goblins and a sprinkling of Star Wars characters stalked the halls of Parley's Park Elementary School Friday night as part of the annual Fall Fun Festival, an event sponsored by the local Parent Teacher Association. The Fall Fun Festival included a Spook Alley, a haunted house run by student volunteers complete with a graveyard and insane asylum, as well as games and giveaways such as a cake walk, a fortune teller and a costume photographer.
As the real Halloween begins Wednesday night, princesses and poltergeists alike are reminded to be smart and stay safe.
AAA Safety Halloween Tips for Parents and Drivers:
Parents are encouraged to walk with their children door to door while trick-or-treating, showing children safe places to cross the street.
Trick-or-treaters should always walk facing traffic if there are no sidewalks available.
Both children and parents should wear light-colored clothing or costumes with retro-reflective material for the best visibility to drivers.
Use face paint instead of masks for Halloween costumes. Masks can limit the ability to see and hear oncoming traffic.
Children should carry flashlights to be seen, but should not shine them into drivers' eyes.
Create a map of the neighborhood so children and parents agree on the safest trick-or-treating route in advance, including only familiar neighborhoods. Go only to houses that are well-lit.
Motorists should drive slower through neighborhoods (approximately 5 mph slower than the posted speed limit). Children dart from house to house, excited about collecting candy, and they forget about traffic and other dangers. Look for children around porches, front lawns, and other areas adjacent to the road, not just the sidewalks.