Halloween is a fun time of year! It’s important though to think about safety when you are out having fun. Fortunately, being safe is simple if you follow these tips.
Trick-Or-Treat in Groups
It’s best to go out with an adult as well. Children should stay with a group and not trick-or-treat alone.
Light the Way
In most places, trick or treat begins at dusk and continues into the night. To be safe in the dark, remember to carry a flashlight or glow sticks. Not only will you be able to see better, but your group will be safer as motorists will also be able to see you better. I found glow sticks at my local dollar store for-you guessed it–$1. Usually, I make the sticks into a bracelet for the children to wear.
When walking, be sure to stay to the side of the road or on the sidewalks. If you are driving on Halloween, be sure to be extra cautious and watch for young children who may dart in front of the car.
Avoid Dark Houses
At least in our area, folks who want to participate in trick-or-treat festivities leave on a porch light. If people don’t want to participate in the fun, it’s best to just walk on to the next house.
Avoid the Pumpkin Posters
In some communities in the United States, sex offenders are being given pumpkin posters to post on their door. The posters have a pumpkin on the background and say that there is no candy at that house. If you see such a poster, continue on in your quest for candy.
Check Your Candy
Before you allow your children to eat their treats, check the candy. Candy wrappers shouldn’t be opened, ripped or have signs of tampering. If you see candy in such wrappers, it’s best to just throw it out. In some communities, you can participate in a safe candy event. Our community has the sheriff’s office inspect candy for parents who wish to go that route. I think it’s a little bit extreme, but it might be an excuse for your children to meet the sheriff and see his office!
Make sure that any candy your children have received hasn’t been part of a recall. In Canada, Sherwood Brand Pirate Gold pieces have been recalled due to the fact that they contain melamine, and ingredient which can cause illness or death.
In every community, it seems that you have one or two people who hand out hand baked treats. I appreciate the fact that they have taken the time to make treats for the kids, but I usually throw the items away unless I know them. It’s just not worth the risk for me personally, although you may have a different view point on that subject.
Whatever your plans, all of us at HART wish you and your family a very happy and safe holiday!