With Halloween just days away now, it’s time to review trick-or-treat safety.
Remind your kids about the rules now so they can concentrate on having fun on Thursday evening.
Your Examiner has been around the trick-or-treat block a few times.
People her age learned how to stay safe at Halloween when bad people went out of their way to do creepy things.
Razor blades in candied apples, sewing needles in caramel apples, drugs in popcorn balls and Rice Krispy® treats – like that.
Mall trick-or-treating and candy x-rays hadn’t been invented yet, and usually the church parties and carnivals at the Y were for members only.
Here’s what we did – and what our kids do – to have a safe and happy Halloween in the burbs:
- Stick to neighborhoods where you know some safe adults in case you need help.
- Make sure your costumes have some light colors on them so you’re easier to see in the dark.
- Stay with your group. Don’t make Mom and Dad and your big brothers and sisters track you down by striking out on your own.
- Carry a flashlight, a phone and emergency contact numbers just in case.
- Work all the houses on one side of a street, then cross safely at the corner and work the the other side.
- Avoid houses with no decorations or lights on.
- Don’t accept or give out treats that aren’t commercially wrapped.
- End the evening early-ish, by about 9:00 p.m. at the latest.
- Check the little boxes of raisins before you throw them away. Some people put money in them.
- Practice good Halloween etiquette.
Good Halloween Etiquette
- Be tolerant of other peoples’ traditions. Not everyone celebrates Halloween. Some celebrate Fall Harvest instead.
- Remember to say thank-you for your treats (even when it’s the cheap candy and not Reese’s® or Snickers®).
- Burn the sack of dog poop on your own doorstep.
- No jumping out of hedges to scare little kids out of their candy.
- No TP-ing, rotten-egg and -tomato throwing or cow tipping.
- And no smashing pumpkins.
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