Halloween Is Where "Trick or Treat" and "Safety" Should Meet

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Halloween may be a holiday for children, but for parents, trick-or-treat time can be a little troublesome. Nearly 40 years ago when I was younger, I remember some of my parent's concerns like razor blades in apples or treats from Ex lax made to look like chocolate candy, and avoiding strangers. That was then, this is now.

Concerns about children's well being - whether they are out in the neighborhood or back at home with bountiful bags of goodies - can cast a spell on the evening's celebration. But not to worry! Following a few safety tips will ensure that Halloween will be a "howling" good time for all. Here's what we can do:

"Un-haunting" Your House and Neighborhood

1. Welcome trick-or-treaters at home by keeping your exterior lights on.

2. Remove objects from your yard that might render a safety threat to visitors.

3. Ask you "Neighborhood Watch" or citizen's group to police the community.

4. Involve students from a nearby college or university to be "goblin's helpers." These pupils can help trick-or-treaters span busy streets and watch out for devilish situations.

5. If away from your home, drive slowly all evening - you may never see what creeping thing may suddenly circumnavigate your path.

6. Report any shady or illegal activity to your regional law enforcement agency or sheriff's department.

The best way parents and children can avoid trick-or-treating troubles entirely is by organizing a Halloween costume party with treats, games, contests, music, scary stories, and much more. Make your Halloween party the place to be! Schools, fire stations, libraries, even malls in many communities organize "haunted houses" and ancillary festivities for families.