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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween from Wayzata.com! Includes safety tips!

Happy Halloween to all the goblins and ghouls of the Wayzata Community! Make sure you stay safe as you Trick or Treat!

Wayzata is a great place to go trick or treating, with it's safe neighborhoods, friendly residents, and generous candy givers. So many of the residents have decorated their yards in celebration of the annual tradition.

Elisha spent a bunch of money on Halloween candy, so make sure you stop by.

If you aren't going out, curl up with a scary movie like Halloween, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, or your other favorite nightmare producing flick. Popcorn is an essential, as is a loved one so you don't get too scared. I

If you are going to be out and about on Halloween, AAA has provided the following safety tips in response to Halloween being one of the three highest statistical days in which pedestrians are hit by motorists.

Here are some Safety Tips from AAA:

MOTORISTS
  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
  • Look for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they'll be harder to see at night.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible - even in the daylight.

PARENTS

  • Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow.
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes.
  • Establish a time for children to return home.
  • Mark sure Halloween costumes are flame-resistant.

TRICK-or-TREATERS

  • Be bright at night - wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility to motorists and others.
  • Wear disguises that don't obstruct vision, and avoid face masks, instead of non-toxic face paint.
  • Carry a flashlight containing fresh batteries, and place it face down in the treat bucket to free up one hand. Never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.
  • Stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in streets if possible.
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
  • Look both ways and listen for traffic before crossing the street.
  • Trick-or-treat in a group or with an adult.
  • Tell your parents where you are going...and return on time.

That's it, so stay safe and have a good time. If you have Halloween photos, send them in and we will be happy to post them.

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