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Trick-or-Treating in Glendora: Is it Safe?

Local events provide alternatives to Halloween traditions.

With Halloween around the corner, Glendora businesses and city officials are offering parents alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating.

With increasing concerns of the safety of door-to-door trick-or-treating, residents can head to the shops of the downtown Village Center on N. Glendora Avenue for the annual Halloween Trick or Treat on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free event sponsored by the Business Improvement District offers a safe, daytime environment for children decked out in costumes to take part in festivities and fill their bags with Halloween loot. But instead of familiar neighbors handing out candy, businesses and Glendora City Hall staff members will be handing out goodies.

More local parents are choosing hosted Halloween events over the traditional door-to-door activities. Last year, about 2,000 residents turned up in the downtown district for trick-or-treating.

This year, parents and children can also opt to head over to Finkbiner Park where the city-hosted annual Halloween Carnival will take place. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Halloween night, visitors can revel in games, booths and costume contests.

While Halloween alternatives are available to local residents, plenty of trick-or-treaters will likely head out onto Glendora streets when the sun goes down, prompting Glendora Police to issue Halloween safety tips for residents.

But if trick-or-treating is not in your plans, a tour of Glendora’s spookiest decked out houses might be. Take a look at some of .

Tell us: Is trick-or-treating in Glendora still safe? Why or why not? Where in Glendora do you go trick-or-treating?

Lorraine Terpening October 17, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Sadly, I only had one trick or treater last year. This year, I'm not participating. I always bought the good chocolate treats, too! And for those "scared" to trick or treat, as long as you know your neighborhood, you shouldn't fear anything.
NT October 17, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I would say that the dangers in this world (including those involved in trick-or-treating) are hardly different today than 10, 20 or 40 years ago. The media's expanding reach has simply placed the most rare and gruesome stories everywhere we look. So I would also say, that the same common sense rules such as good parental supervision, staying visible and checking candy would be as useful at keeping our children safe during these pastimes as in decades past. Get your glow sticks ready. :)
Ariel Carmona Jr October 17, 2012 at 05:08 PM
yes it it safe as long as we all keep it safe.
smkmstr J October 17, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Couldn't agree more NT. Our 24-hour news cycle needs filler, and like they say "if it bleeds, it leads." I'm sure we'll have a certain amount of rumors of tainted candy, apples with razor blades, etc. (who gives out apples any more?). It has long been proven that pretty much all of the reports of such have been traced back to parents or relatives. I, for one, can't remember the last time I saw trick-or-treaters out without some sort of adult supervision, except for the late-comers who are usually older teenagers. Of course, on Nov. 1 there will be stories of children being hit by cars or whatever (accompanied by much hand-wringing over the dangers of Halloween). But on each and every day, children and adults get hit by cars... but no coverage (except by local news outlets). The internet and 24-hour news CAN be informative, as long as we use our god-given filter... our brains. That amazing font of information at our fingertips can also be used to filter out the crap... if you are willing to take it past that first hit on Google.
Ralph Long October 17, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Interesting, and good statement Ariel! While the police and other public safety people certainly have an important roll to play in keeping us, and our children, safe, the real responsibility lies with us! The people who live here. My son is long grown, and we haven't participated in Halloween for a long time, but back in the day, I remember going around with him Trick or Treating. I was not alone. There were dozens of parents out on the streets, people on their front porches, people walking around. It was the people from the neighborhood that made the activity safe! Now, if you send your child out without supervision, into a neighborhood that nobody is watching, you should be concerned.
MellowMaverick October 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Absolutely right, NT. The media and society in general have embraced paranoia as a way of life and it's not necessary to be like that. Good common sense will work better than anything else. Accompany your kids to trick or treat....otherwise, go where you want to go. If Glendora isn't safe for trick or treating then we might as well look for a cave to move to!
Glendora Mom October 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM
we always have 100's of tricker treaters! the houses around down town spend 100"s of doallars in candy and only give out 1 piece each! It is fun but costly for the home owners around here... wish the street lights were on! but that's a whole other issue. more light is needed and drivers need to be careful.
Oscar Romero October 20, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Halloween is safe and always has been! Stories of razor blades in candy (which were never in this area anyhow) have turned out to be fake. Glendora is doubly safe. Crime rates are at or near all-time lows, but yet people unquestioningly make statements like the one in this article that there are "increasing concerns of the safety of door-to-door trick-or-treating." Concerns might be increasing for some people, not for legitimate reasons. People should turn off the cable TV news and let go of all that excess fear.
Ronald E Hummel October 20, 2012 at 04:05 AM
When I was a young one growing here the most of us as I recall knocked on doors for a treat. We were by ourselves. Never remember seeing police.That stuff was really bad for my teeth.

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