While you’re busy helping your kid get decked out in a Stranger Things costume or some other unparalleled outfit of creative Halloween genius, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) has issued a set of tips aimed to help you and your loved ones stay safe this Hallow’s Eve. 

But first, a reminder: The curfew law in Long Beach prohibits anyone 17 years old or younger from being out past 10:00PM without a parent/guardian, unless going to or returning home from work or an organized event supervised by an adult, without any detour or stop. 

Also, feel free to keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Be sure your child’s activities are age-appropriate
  • All children should be accompanied by an adult
  • Only visit homes that are well-lighted and never go into a stranger’s house
  • Stay on the sidewalk and only cross at corners
  • Stay in well populated areas and never cut through alleys or parks after dark
  • Apply reflective tape to your child’s costume or use glow sticks for better visibility
  • Use face paint rather than masks that may block your child’s vision
  • Map out your route ahead of time and carry a flashlight with you
  • Ensure props (pitchforks, swords, etc.) do not have sharp edges
  • Be cautious of dogs on the loose and keep your pet(s) indoors
  • Inspect your child’s candy before allowing them to eat it
  • Report any suspicious or illegal activity by calling 9-1-1 immediately
  • Motorists are advised to be extra cautious on Halloween night and to drive slowly
  • Do not drink and drive; plan ahead and designate a driver or call for a ride

The Long Beach Post wishes you a festive and safe Halloween.