Halloween Safety Tips

October 22, 2014 | By More

As a child growing uphalloween-safety-2 in the sixties Halloween was the beginning of the holiday season. Oh what excitement and fun, who or what would I be this year? I can remember dressing up like Tarzan, Robin Hood, Superman, Batman and believe it or not Davy Jones of the Monkeys. My biggest problems were arguing with my sibling whether we would go door to door shouting “Trick or Treat,” collecting candy or to enter a costume competition.

In the last 40 to 50 years Halloween has changed indeed. Demented minds spike candy with drugs and poison. You might just find a razor blade in an apple and let’s not forget a possible abduction.  Halloween has evolved into a real Horror Show. Wouldn’t it be great if life’s worries would still be arguing with my brothers and sister on what we would do for Halloween?  As a parent how could you deprive your children of the joys of Halloween?

Having raised two boys and as a retired law enforcement officer, reality based self defense and anti-abduction instructor I can help you. I am aware of how the criminal mind prepares for Halloween. With violent crimes sweeping the nation it is no surprise that each year more and more parents are hesitant in allowing their children to go into the streets.

Luckily, here in Doral we have a solution for a safe and fun Halloween. Most gated communities in Doral will have Halloween parties including the Doral Park Country Club where our martial arts, fitness training center, Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense will be participating.

 For those that are going to “Trick or Treat” here are some Halloween safety tips. 

  1. Pick streets that are well lit.
  2. Trick or Treat while there is still light.
  3. Wear a costume that makes it easy for you to walk.
  4. Carry a flashlight and try to use retro reflective tape on your costume so you can be seen easily.
  5. If there is no side walk, walk with the road to the right.
  6. Never go inside a stranger’s house to receive candy while Trick or Treating.
  7. A face mask can keep you from seeing well. Try using face makeup instead. If you must wear a mask, take it off before crossing the street.
  8. Trick or treat with a parent, big brother or sister, or with a group of children.
  9. Cross street at corners and resist the urge to cross between parked cars.
  10. Wait until you get home to sort, check and eat your treats.

Have a great, fun and safe Halloween!



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Julio Anta is the owner and head instructor of Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense located at 10721 NW 58 St. Doral. Anta’s Fitness and Self Defense has been changing lives in Doral since 1998. They have classes in Muay Thai Kickboxing, Krav Maga, Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do, Pilates, Piloxing and MMA Fitness Bootcamp. You can contact him by phone at 305 599-3649, by e-mail at fitdef@aol.com, and via the internet at www.antaMartialArts.com, www.MiamiKettlebell.com.