It’s not just the trick or treating that makes Halloween fun for me – it’s also my birthday! My husband is one of the few men that can say he’s married to a real “witch” and get away with it!
As a child, I spent my birthdays trick or treating; and as an adult walking with the kids as they went door-to-door. The number one rule for us was only going to houses that had their lights on.
Well, times have definitely changed and I want to share some safety tips with you that you may have not considered.
- When picking a costume with a mask check the following:
- Can you easily see out of it?
- Can it be quickly removed?
- Is it well ventilated for easy breathing?
- Does your costume have a bottom?
- Is it easy to walk in?
- If it’s adult costume, can you drive in it?
- Before you head out knocking on doors take time to check the national sex offender registry for your neighborhood.
- Most local city & county agencies have this information available.
- Avoid these homes
- If you know a home is registered to a sex offender & they have lights on and decorations out, report them to local authorities immediately!
- Parents always carry a flashlight & peppers spray with you.
- If kids are uncomfortable going to a house because it looks too spooky, walk up with them.
- Never enter anyone’s home to accept candy even if it’s just for a minute. Always wait outside.
- Respect people’s personal space and don’t let anyone within your personal space.
- Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean it’s ok to walk up to just anyone.
- If you are uncomfortable be sure to keep your distance or ask that person to step back.
- Be mindful/respectful of what time it is.
- If it’s 10:00 pm & the trick or treaters are long gone, don’t open your door to a random.
- ALWAYS walk in groups or pairs. It’s never safe to walk alone.
- Check all candy/items before eating them.
- Only eat factory wrapped candy.
- If a piece of candy looks questionable, throw it away!
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Tracy Vega, Co-Founder- Simple Self Defense for Women®