Pediatrician Offers Halloween Safety Tips

First published in the Oct. 28 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Dr. John Rodarte is a pediatrician at Huntington Hospital.

We can all agree that Halloween 2021 is shaping up to be a much better one than Halloween 2020!
With COVID-19 cases trending downward in Southern California and many people already vaccinated against the disease, families are looking forward to doing some good old-fashioned trick-or-treating. However, with our youngest children still ineligible for vaccination, some precautions are still warranted.

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Some Tricks for Treating Yourself to a Healthful Halloween

First published in the Oct. 28 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

As the number of coronavirus cases in California continues to decline, families are feeling more comfortable and confident in making plans to celebrate holidays during the fall and beyond.
The first holiday, Halloween, is this Sunday, and the rituals of dressing up and hitting the streets to trick-or-treat are returning this year, as is the popular tradition of local families visiting Indianola Way in La Cañada Flintridge.
After having parts of the street barricaded last year to discourage trick-or-treating, the City Council recently voted to waive permit fees for the road closure that would allow visitors to walk on Indianola to enjoy the decorated homes.
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LCF Chamber Hosts Halloween Decorating Contest

The La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and Community Association is sponsoring the second annual community Halloween Decorating Contest for local residents, with registration beginning Oct. 1 and ending Oct. 27.
Judging will be from Oct. 28-30. A listing of participating homes will be posted on the Chamber’s website on Oct. 28. LCF Chamber membership is not a requirement to participate.
“Out-BOO your neighbors! Share your wicked ways and talents!” the Chamber said in a statement.
Winners will be notified and announced on Halloween Day. Prizes will be awarded for the most spirited entry.
Rules and registration may be found on the chamber website,, and questions may be directed to the chamber’s office by calling (818) 790-4289.

Indianola Way Neighbors Throw Annual Halloween Block Party

Photos by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
For years, Indianola Way has transformed into a festive, safe and spooky Halloween destination for trick-or-treaters.

If E.T. were to trick-or-treat anywhere in America in 2017, it would be on Indianola Way.
In La Cañada Flintridge’s throwback neighborhood on Tuesday, residents perched in driveways in front of festively, spookily designed homes, their candy bowls well stocked and beckoning to little dinosaurs, DJs and Dodgers.
“There’s a nostalgia there that reminds me of what it was like when I was a kid in the ’80s,” said La Cañada High School drama teacher Justin Eick, who has been a regular visitor with his son, Hayden, for nine years. “You know, when Gertie takes E.T. out trick-or-treating in the streets and you see all of these kids roaming? To be able to share that with my son and with the La Cañada community is something I look forward to every year.” Continue reading “Indianola Way Neighbors Throw Annual Halloween Block Party”