by Photo courtesy of the City of Chula Vista via Twitter

Chula Vista ranked fourth in the nation for the best places to celebrate Halloween, according to a recent study by Smart Assets. 

Researchers at Smart Asset determined the best places to celebrate Halloween in 2022 by comparing 146 cities across 10 metrics. While San Diego, Oceanside and Chula Vista land on the top 20 of the list, Chula Vista earned fourth place based on weather and crime rate. 

According to the study, Chula Vista offers the 10th-lowest property crime rate and 32nd-lowest violent crime rate – 1,171 and 329 per 100,000 residents, respectively. There has been historically little to no rain in Chula Vista during Halloween, the researchers adds. 

Halloween is undoubtedly the spookiest holiday of the year as ghosts, ghouls, goblins, and more trot neighborhoods for treats, tricks, and sometimes both. The American Red Cross offers the following tips that parents can follow to stay safe while trick-or-treating:

  • Trick-or-treaters need to see and be seen. Use face makeup instead of masks which could make seeing difficult. Give trick-or-treaters a flashlight to light their way. Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags. If possible, have everyone wear light-colored clothing.
  • Use flame-resistant costumes.
  • Make sure adults know where the kids are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children door-to-door.
  • Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.
  • Walk, don’t run.
  • Only visit homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door and never go inside.
  • Walk only on sidewalks, not in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner. Don’t cross between parked cars, and don’t cut across yards or use alleys.
  • Drivers — use extra caution as youngsters may forget to look both ways before crossing.
  • A grown-up should check all goodies before eating. Make sure to remove loose candy, open packages and remove any choking hazards. Discard any items with brand names that you are not familiar with.

If you are planning to welcome trick-or-treaters to your home, follow these safety steps:

  • Light the area well so young visitors can see.
  • Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps. Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.


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