|Posted on October 4, 2010 at 11:09 AM|
Halloween is a great time of year. The weather is cool; we let our children dress up and go running door to door saying “trick-or-treat”. The scary part is not all the ghost and goblins, but the unfortunate things that could happen if you are not prepared. The best way to overcome a situation is to be prepared and to practice what you know. Use the following tips to keep them fresh in your mind.
Going Trick or Treating:
1. Walk on the left side of the road (facing oncoming traffic). Walk up one side of the road then turn around and come down the other side. In other words do not go from house to house running across the street.
2. Go with a group, never alone.
3. Wear a reflective belt and carry a flashlight.
4. Make sure to take your cell phone.
5. Let someone know where you are going and what time you anticipate on returning.
6. Trick-or-treat only in trusted neighborhoods (or better yet, find a carnival or fall festival to participate in).
7. Do not let your kids go out alone (no matter what their age) take this time to go with them and connect with them.
8. Costumes should be comfortable and functional.
9. Always check candy before it is consumed.
10. Have fun and stay safe.
Staying home to give out candy:
1. Turn on your porch light.
2. Sit on the door steps or porch with candy in hand ready to give out.
3. Turn on a few extra lights and the television or radio while you are outside on the porch.
4. Children over the age of twelve should not be out going door to door, be cautious as they could be up to no good.
5. Never open the door unless you know who is on the other side (hence sitting on the porch).
6. If you are home alone, consider inviting a friend or family member to keep you company.
7. If you see something suspicious call 911.
Not too many years ago my Mother was at her home, by herself and opening the door to trick-or-treaters and some older kids just came into her house. Not a very pleasant feeling. Fortunately she was not harmed and nothing happened. Just that thought was enough to make me say “Mom, come with me and my family to the trunk-or-treat at church” and she did. Always remember, your safety first. Have a safe and fun Halloween!