Halloween Safety Tips In New Orleans

Posted on Oct 29, 2019 in Local Issues

 

When the Crescent City does holidays, we do it big—and Halloween in New Orleans is no different.  From kids and parents, to costumers and partiers, everyone’s got something to get excited about.

The city will be packed with locals and tourists alike this Halloween. Check out our Halloween safety tips below and have a fun and spooky night!

Tips for parents

Always ensure that young kids are accompanied by a chaperone. Whether it’s you, or a friend or family member you trust, your kids should not trick-or-treat without adult supervision. More Halloween safety tips for you and the kiddos below!

  • Bright costumes will help your kids stand out to traffic. If they’re wearing a dark costume, it’s a good idea to attach something reflective to their front and back. Especially neighborhoods and residential, streets can get pretty dark, and you want to make sure your child is able to be easily spotted by drivers.
  • If you child is wearing a mask or some other sort of head covering that may impair their vision, have them take it off between houses. This will make it easier for them to navigate in the dark, and affording tripping or falling.
  • Similarly, make sure your child’s costume is not too long and could get tangled in their feet. If necessary, trim the costume a bit.

Tips for drivers

If you are going to be driving on Halloween, make sure you remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Remember, there will be a lot of foot traffic all over the city, particularly in the Quarter and residential areas.

  • Yield to pedestrians. Pedestrians always have the right of way at crosswalks and intersections.
  • Watch out for folks in dark costumes—they may be difficult to see.
  • Watch out for kids, particularly in residential areas.
  • Never drink and drive! If you’re going to drink, designate a driver beforehand, or take a Uber, Lyft or cab.

Tips for revelers

The city will be full of people celebrating and having a good time on the spookiest night of the year. If you’re dressing up and heading out on the town, follow our Halloween safety tips for a great night.

  • Be sure to travel in a group. Stick to well-let areas and main streets.
  • Always remain aware of your surroundings, particularly at intersections. There will be plenty of vehicle traffic in addition to foot traffic. Even though pedestrians have the right of way, proceed with caution and do not assume a vehicle sees your or will stop.
  • Celebrations in New Orleans can often result in an uptick in party crimes. Party crimes include misdemeanor charges like drunk in public, disturbing the peace, minor in possession of alcohol and more. Remember to always celebrate responsibly. If you are asked to leave an establishment, do so. If you get into an interaction with a police officer, always be polite and do what they ask you whenever possible. Never touch a police officer or their horse for any reason.

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We hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween. However, if you or someone you know is injured on Halloween, or any other time, Bloom Legal is here to help. An accident can throw a wrench in your life, costing you time, money and your health.

We have been helping folks in the greater New Orleans area receive compensation for injuries and damages to their property for 15 years. We will work for you to build a case and pursue a settlement, so that you can focus on what’s most important—your wellbeing.

Give us a call today for a free consultation. We will lay out your options for you and answer any questions you might have. Halloween may be scary, but getting back on your feet after an accident never should be.

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