- The estimated number of trick-or-treaters reached over 41 million in 2015.
- Children between the ages of 5 and 14 are the most likely to be knocking on doors.
The spookiest time of the year is here, when your little one gets to dress up like their favorite character, ghoul or goblin. Maybe they’ll even talk you into dressing up the family dog.
Halloween is certainly something to be enjoyed, but as Miami personal injury lawyers, we know that safety is your top priority. If your neighbors aren’t handing out candy this year, you may think about traveling outside your block. You might even go exploring just because you and the kids are up for it. Before you head to an unfamiliar neighborhood, you want to make sure it’s safe.
We’ve done the research and compiled a list of the best neighborhoods in Miami for trick-or-treating. They won’t be handing out brains for your tiny zombie, but they will be safe, and you may be able to see some great displays!
The fantastic schools in the area have made it a popular place for young families. The former farmland is now growing houses instead of mangos, and welcomes visitors on Halloween.
Not only can you go door-to-door in the neighborhood, but you can take part in any number of community festivities being held on the holiday.
2. Coral Gables
Your kids are sure to score big in Coral Gables. Think full-size candy bars instead of those tiny bite-size treats. Two of the country’s most expensive streets are located in the city, which won’t surprise you if you’ve ever seen the stately mansions that line the streets.
If knocking on doors gets old, head over to Miracle Mile for a block party or see which shops are handing out candy to the kiddos. Hop on the Coral Gables trolley for free if you feel like seeing some of the more popular landmarks without having to hoof it.
3. South Miami
You and the family can go door-to-door in an area that covers about 2.3 square miles or head into downtown and hit up the local shop owners for a few goodies. You can also choose to do both if your kids have the stamina.
If you’re looking for something a bit more organized, head over to Safe Streets Halloween. The street fair is free and has activities and candy for little ones. You’ll find the street fair on Sunset Drive.
4. Key Biscayne
If you decide to go to Key Biscayne for Halloween, you’re going to have to pay a toll on the Rickenbacker Causeway. so be prepared.
Don’t let the toll stop you. This is one of the best neighborhoods in terms of decor. Think Key West meets Halloween, but without all the tourists.
5. Country Walk
If you and the kids are looking for a quaint Halloween that reminds you of your own childhood, look no further than Country Walk. Neighbors seem to be competing with each other when it comes to knock out Halloween displays.
Try not to trip over your jaw when you walk! If the feeling of Halloween is just as important to you as the candy, Country Walk is a must.
Safety Extends Beyond the Right Neighborhood
Don’t get lax on the supervision if you take the time to choose a great neighborhood outside of your own. Your Miami personal injury lawyers know that there is more to trick-or-treat safety.
Use these tips to ensure that your evening ends as good as it starts.
- Stick to Sidewalks: Stay where it is safe unless you are on a road that has been specifically blocked off for trick-or-treaters. If you are in an area without sidewalks, stick as far to the edge of the road as you can.
- Adult Supervision: Don’t let your kids go out on Halloween alone. They may feel like they are too grown to have an adult chaperone, but they aren’t. Stick close to your kids, and if they’re “too old” to be seen with you, stand on the sidewalk while they knock on the door.
- Bright Costumes: When you are helping your child choose a costume, stick with light, bright colors. If your little one insists on wearing dark clothing, attach pieces of reflector tape to the back and chest.
- Fitted Costumes: Long and flowing costumes are trip and fall hazards. Masks that block vision pose the same risk. Don’t let your kids shop for costumes without you. Take the time to make sure your kids’ costumes fit properly.
- Watch for Cars: If you aren’t on a road that is safely blocked off, be aware of vehicles in the area. Don’t dart out into traffic and don’t let your kids do it either. Stick to crossing the street at intersections if you can. It’s even better if you can walk in a marked crosswalk.
Drivers Are Responsible for Safety
Maybe you aren’t taking the kids out for Halloween. You might be driving to your own party. Pay close attention to the area surrounding your vehicle, especially as you drive through a residential neighborhood.
Check the local paper or news to find out when kids will be trick-or-treating and avoid the roads during those times. If you can’t stay off the roads, don’t expect children to behave predictably. Drive with extra caution and stick to the speed limit or even slower.
Keep a Miami Personal Injury Attorney on Speed Dial
No one wants to end Halloween night with a broken arm, head laceration or knee contusion. If you are injured any type of accident on Halloween caused by someone else’s actions or negligence, you need a Miami personal injury lawyer. Reach out to our office for the aggressive representation you deserve. Your first consultation will be held at no cost to you.