Halloween: Fact, Fiction, and Fun!
To get you and your family safely in the Halloween spirit
Halloween is all about kids being seen in their adorable, scary, or original costumes, so do everything you can to ensure that your goblins are seen by everyone—especially drivers! Sheriff Specialist Hill recommends that younger children be home before dark.
“Twilight is a great time because the feel of nighttime is still there for the young ones, but there is still enough light for them to both be seen by vehicles and for the trick-or-treaters to see where they are going,” she says. Hill also recommends using face paint instead of masks, which can obscure children’s hearing and vision, and adding a little reflective tape to the back of your fairy princess or Harry Potter for good measure.
Both law enforcement veterans agree that all children should trick-or-treat in their own neighborhoods, and small children require an adult chaperone. But what about older kids? Only you know how mature your child is, how well he deals with peer pressure, and how reliable his buddies are. Make an informed decision with the parents in his group and have a quick one-on-one about responsibility and safety with your child before sending him out. Chief Adams suggests, “Older children who are capable of going out without a parent should only trick-or-treat in familiar neighborhoods, and parents should be aware of where that will be. Establish a time to come home or check-in, and have them carry a cell phone to call in or for emergencies.” Another way to keep things safe and fun for older kids is to host a Halloween party and sleepover for their friends. A costume contest, some scary videos, and plenty of junk food is all it takes.
So relax—it’s only Halloween! Ignore the fake horror stories and have fun retelling the old-fashioned ghost tales. Dress up, eat too much, stay safe, and have fun with your little ghouls!
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