NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Halloween Weather Update: Friday, 6 p.m.: A strong upper disturbance west of El Paso is slowly moving to the east, triggering lots of showers and storms ahead of it. Its slow motion will create the potential for heavy rainfall across Southeast La. and Miss. mainly after dark on Saturday through daybreak on Sunday. Parts of Texas had 8-12"+ this morning, but we are not expecting as much here. However, if training of storms develops, amounts could top 5"+. - Chief Meteorologist Bob Breck.
Ghosts and Ghouls aren't the only frightening things on Halloween. Mother Nature is also creating a scare for several parishes. Rain is in the forecast for the entire metro area Saturday. Some parishes and towns have already rescheduled trick-or-treating times:
- Jefferson Parish (unincorporated) - Friday
- Kenner - Friday
- Town of Jean Lafitte - Friday
- Westwego - Friday
- Lafourche Parish - Friday, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- Orleans Parish - Friday, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- Thibodaux - Friday, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- Tangipahoa Parish - Saturday, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- Ponchatoula - Friday, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- Hammond - Friday, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- Terrebonne Parish - Friday, 6 p.m. - 8.pm.
- Houma - Friday, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- St. John Parish - Friday, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
- St. James Parish - Friday, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- Plaquemines Parish - Friday, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- Harahan - Friday
- Westwego - Friday
- Jean Lafitte - Friday
- St. Bernard - Friday
- Washington Parish - Friday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
- St. Charles Parish - Friday
"We recommend the adults take their kids out Friday so they can get candy," Jefferson Parish President John Young said. The recommendations are for the unincorporated parts of the parish.
The parish wanted to wait until Thursday to make its recommendation so officials could see if the forecast would change.
Trick-or-treating is still on for Saturday in St. Tammany Parish, according to parish officials. However, some neighborhood groups are planning trick-or-treating on Friday, according to a parenting website.
No matter when you go trick-or-treating, here are some good tips.
Trick or Treating
Tell kids never to go inside a home. Ever. Just because someone offers candy and seems fun it is not a reason to go inside a home. Also, tell kids never to get into a car with a stranger on this night (or ever.) They may go out with their friends and get tired and think a quick ride home is OK, but it's not.
Make sure to bring a flashlight on the route to illuminate the way in places that aren't well lit. Walking in unfamiliar costumes plus low light could cause a fall.
Have reflective tape on costumes so cars can see the kids.
Make sure children go trick or treating with a responsible adult and that there is a manageable child to adult ratio. With all the kids out there on the streets you have to keep track of the kids and costumes etc., you want to make sure there are enough adults to watch the kids in your group.
Have a firm rule that kids can't eat any candy until they get home and an adult checks it for tampering. This includes older children that may trick or treat on their own. Kids will want to eat it right away, so you should explain the safety reason for the delay to them. Make sure kids don't eat any candy that is unwrapped or homemade or looks tampered with. When in doubt, throw the candy way.
If kids are at an age where they can go without an adult, make sure they go trick or treating in groups.
In addition, make sure kids know to go to well lit houses and only to a front door. It may be Halloween but it's still stranger's homes so they need to know where it's safe to go.
If kids go alone, make sure you plan a safe route for them to take in an area with side streets and limited traffic. Make sure they know not to take short cuts and go down alleys. And make sure they have a cellphone.
And make sure you stay on the sidewalks and obey all traffic signs.
Ensure that kids can see out of any mask they wear. They will be walking around at night, going up steps and down steps, maybe on grass etc., so having the ability to see clearly is important.
Avoid big shoes and long skirts or pants that can make kids trip. They kids want to have fun costumes but they also have to be safe to walk around in.
Make sure all costume accessories are safe: check that knives and swords don't have sharp edges, and anything small can't be swallowed etc.
Make sure the costumes you buy are flame resistant.
Kids want to dress up as the most inventive things, just watch that the costume children wear are age appropriate.
As stated above, have kids wait to eat Halloween candy until they get home and an adult can check it.
If doing the traditional pumpkin carving, make sure kids do it with an adult so that carving is fun and safe. If kids are too young to use the knife, let them draw the outline of the face on the pumpkin and the use their hands to scoop out the seeds. That way they are a part of the fun, while staying safe.
Since the foods for Halloween tend to be seasonal with ingredients only used at that time of year, make sure ingredients that may have sat on shelves are fresh.
It is a season for parties and for adults partying can also mean drinking. Make sure if you are drinking you have a designated driver or take cabs, and if you host a party you watch your guests. With all the safety in mind for kids at this time of year, adults need to remember to be responsible as well. You might dress up as a superhero, but you are very human.