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How do I protect my children on Halloween?

This week, Gary Jaffarian shares safety tips for parents and lists local Halloween events.
halloweenindarkThe best way to protect your children as they trick or treat in the dark is to avoid  busy, main streets; carry flashlights and have an adult accompany young children. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of recent clown-related stories covered in the news and Halloween may spur pranks or more serious risks. As always, make sure costumes are safe including not too long to cause tripping, and eye holes big enough for your trick or treater to see. Remember that dark costumes make it difficult for drivers to spot your children.
Whenever possible, walk on sidewalks, not on the street and remind your children to not run across streets without looking both ways. Halloween night is a difficult night for drivers. Commuters are trying to get home to be ready to hand out candy or bring their children out. With most communities having defined hours for trick or treating, it can be a big stressful due to traffic and trying to spot children out walking on the roads. When driving on Halloween, please drive safely and slow down when you reach neighborhoods. At every turn, be on alert, as there may be children out on the street where you don’t expect them.
Our Ask Gary followers live in many different towns—too many to name—so check your local paper, Patch.com or other internet sights to find out what is going on in your town. Many cities and towns are offering trick or treat nights at malls, shopping centers and other locations as an alternative to being on the roads.
Salem, Mass. is busy all month, but older children and many adults flock to this city to experience Halloween. If you are headed to Salem, be sure to plan ahead as traffic is very heavy, restaurants are very busy and the amount of pedestrians is incredible!  If you have older children who drive or are of age to legally drink, be sure to remind them to have a designated driver or use public transportation or Uber.
If you have older children who will be out this weekend and out on Halloween night, be certain to monitor where they are going and remind them of the crowds, road safety and making good decisions including not getting into vehicles where the driver has been drinking or with drivers who speed. Assure them it is safe to call you at any hour if they feel they are not safe.
If you are looking for fun, local activities weekend, here’s some local ideas:
Meet the Horror Authors—meet many local New England horror authors. They will share their stories and sign their books! Saturday, October 29 from 6-8 p.m. This event is free at the Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water Street, Haverhill.
  •  Boo Bash—The Mall at Rockingham Park is inviting all little ghouls, goblins and boo’tiful princesses to come have a spooktacular time at the Kidgits Halloween event. Put on your spookiest costume and come party with us for Halloween. Sylvan Learning will be at the event to introduce you to a scary good time with Lego Robotics.  Activities include Pumpkin decorating, fun seasonal photo opps, Halloween crafts, a Special Trick-or-Treating giveaway, Halloween treats and more! Saturday, October 29 from 1-3 p.m. at Lord and Taylor Court on Level 2.
  • Downtown Newburyport Trick or Treat at all downtown stores including The Tannery on Water Street on Friday, Oct. 28 from 4-5 p.m. Children come in costume and they get treats!
  • Tricks and Treats at Merrimack Valley Pavilion, 2087 Main St, Tewksbury on Sunday, October 30, from 4 p.m.–6 p.m. for free candy, games & prizes! Open to all kids ages 12 & under.
  • Witch’s Woods – Through October 31st. Thurs. –Sun. at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area, Westford, Greater Merrimack Valley’s original Halloween Screampark. Climb aboard Witch’s Woods most popular attraction, the Haunted Hayride, and visit the Keeper’s Crypt, Castle Morbid and Nightmare Mansion.
  • Groton’s Annual Halloween Costume Parade—October 28, 2:40 p.m. Meet at Prescott School wearing costumes! Parade starts at 3 p.m., runs down Main Street to the Town Field where children can enjoy dancing, games with prizes, face painting, giveaways, snacks, and more. There will also be a very special guest to greet the children for ages 2-10. Cost: Donation of at least one dollar per child at the field.
In local cities and towns in the Jaffarian Volvo Toyota area, Halloween will be celebrated as follows (all on Monday, October 31 except in Haverhill as noted):
Haverhill—Celebrated on the last Saturday in October from 5-7 p.m. (on Oct. 29 this year)
Andover— 5-7 p.m.
Georgetown—5-7 p.m.
Lawrence— 4-7 p.m.trickortreatnight
Methuen—5-7 p.m.
North Andover—5:30-7:30 p.m.
Rowley—5-7 p.m.
Tewksbury—6-8 p.m.
West Newbury—5:30 p.m-7:30
Please drive carefully and walk through the streets carefully. Check your flashlights now for batteries to have them ready to go! Watch your children and wear you walk!
All of us at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota wish you a happy and safe Halloween!
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