Yes it is just about that time again. Little ghosts and goblins will take to the streets en masse chanting that dire threat:
“Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat. If you don’t, I don’t care, I’ll pull down your underwear!”
I just thought I would include the complete rhyme for the benefit of those who have never heard it. Anyway we will all be coerced into giving up the goodies once again this year. While most people are truly happy to pay this innocent ransom, some may use this as an opportunity to do harm. Also it’s important that the little goblins stay safe while they are out demanding their just payment for not subjecting us to the embarrassment of a bare bottom!
So I’m reminding you of some tips and suggestions to put into place to protect your little ghouls this year:
1. Take care in planning costumes for the kids. Robes, sheets and capes should not be too long it’s easy for them to trip while running along. Also remember that masks limit vision, scary make up is much safer than a mask.
2. Make sure each child has a light source. Since most trick or treating hours are timed to be after sunset, invest in penlights or better yet glow sticks for the little monsters to carry with them. Many costumes are dark colored, a group of glow sticks can let drivers know to use caution.
3. Go out in groups with adult supervision. It is much safer to have an adult accompany a group of small children. An adult can keep the group together. Also someone with evil thoughts on the brain are much less likely to approach a group headed by an adult than they would be to approach a group accompanied by an adolescent.
4. Keep an eye out for strangers in your neighborhood. Whether you are out accompanying the kids or at home handing out candy keep an eye out. Remember Halloween brings out all sorts of pranksters and mischief makers.
5. Stick to your neighborhood. By staying in a familiar area you more than likely know the folks giving up the treats. You are less likely to to get ‘suspect’ offerings.
6. Do not allow the kiddies to eat any candy until you have inspected it. Any candy that looks as if it has been tampered with, the packaging is damaged or in any other way doesn’t look right, toss it. Also toss homemade goodies and fruit unless you know the person who gave it very well.
Remember that the holiday should be enjoyable for everyone but we should always keep safety in the front of our minds. Have a spooky good time!