Lafourche Parish government officials believe the parish can safely host Halloween this fall.
Parish President Archie Chaisson and Sheriff Craig Webre issued guidance for trick or treating and plans for Lafourche Parish's Halloween.
“With Halloween fast approaching, we wanted to offer up some support on how you can safely celebrate the holiday. Since Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, we expect most will enjoy some fun times with family and friends,” said President Chaisson.
The CDC published guidance for trick-or-treating concerns for areas where COVID-19 cases are lower and residents want to participate.
Lafourche would be one of those places with our percent positive rate having dropped from above 10 percent in late-summer to near 5 percent at present.
The CDC urges locals to practice social distancing and practice hand washing, utilizing hand sanitizers and wearing a mask. The CDC also urges locals to stay home if sick.
If planning a gathering, the CDC recommends to keep guests outdoors, weather permitting.
If you or your family feels unsafe trick-or-treating, the CDC says that alternative options to celebrate Halloween include pumpkin carving, decorating, having virtual costume contests or creating scavenger hunts to find candy with your kids. Other options are to maybe watch scary movies at home.
“We encourage you to be as creative as you can be! Just like with birthday parties, graduations and other in-person celebrations, we’ve figured out ways to make it all work to still enjoy good times with family and friends,” said President Chaisson.
LPSO deputies will conduct Blue Light Special patrol on Halloween night from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Close to 100 deputies will patrol the streets of Lafourche with emergency lights to remind motorists to drive slowly and exercise caution for those families who do decide to go trick-or-treating.
Motorists are encouraged to keep travel to a minimum on Halloween night due to the high number of pedestrians on neighborhood streets.
“It’s been a long year, and we know parents and children alike are looking forward to Halloween traditions,” said Sheriff Webre. “We will do our part to ensure a safe, fun Halloween experience for all.”
In addition to people taking precautions due to the ongoing pandemic, officials wish to remind parents of the usual Halloween safety tips:
- Be aware of your surroundings by staying off your phone unless making a call, especially while supervising children.
- Make your child’s costume distinguishable and safe by using glow bracelets/sticks, reflective tape, lights or other items.
- Inspect all treats collected and discard anything that is not sealed.
- Remind children to walk and don’t run on sidewalks or near the edge of the roadway.
- Remind children to stay in front of residences giving out candy and NEVER enter a residence.
- Have a plan in case you and your child get separated.
Residents are encouraged to prepare their homes for trick-or-treaters.
- Clear sidewalks and pathways of any obstacles, and put away anything children could trip over such as hoses, toys, or yard decorations. Turn on your lights so your property is well-lit, and replace any burnt bulbs prior to Halloween. Secure pets so that they will not attack or frighten anyone.