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Reminders for Halloween Safety Tips

Happy Halloween


My good friend, Margaret Woda, has highlighted some fantastic trick-or-treating tips for the weekend.  Be safe and hopefully these pointers will help you STAY safe!

Happy Halloween!



Keep the REAL spooks out of your children's Halloween night by taking these precautions when they go trick-or-treating in Crofton MD (or anywhere):

Crofton Halloween Cat1.  Accompany children when they go trick-or-treating - If they're a little older, stand back so you're not "lurking", but don't let a pedophile take advantage of this great opportunity to troll for vulnerable kids.  And never let them enter a stranger's house!

Remember, adolescents are not too old to be at risk on Halloween or at any other time. (You might want to check the Maryland Sex Offender Registry, and avoid those residences when you take your children trick-or-treating.)  

2.  Encourage children to go trick-or-treating in small groups.  If the group is too large, you might lose count if one is missing.  My grandkids love it that their parents dress up in costume, too, but other kids may wish the adults to be less visible.  Make this decision in advance, to avoid last minute hassle and controversy as you leave to go trick-or-treating.

3.  Make sure that your children's masks don't restrict their vision, breathing or speaking .  You don't want them to trip and fall, bump into things, or be oblivious to what is around them.  You want them to be heard, if they call for help, and you certainly don't want their breathing restricted.  Why not consider face-painting, instead of a mask this year?

4.  Dress your children in costumes that will be visible in the dark.  Black costumes may be Halloween-spooky, but they put children at risk, crossing the street.  Even when children are safely on the sidewalk, you want them to be visible to someone backing out of their driveway.  It's a good idea for them to carry a flashlight, too, and please remind them to stay on the sidewalks we have throughout our Crofton neighborhoods.

5.  Enforce a strict rule of "No testing the treats ‘til you get home" so you have an opportunity to look them over for obvious tampering.  Frankly, when my kids were small and less aware of every treat they received, I trashed everything they collected after they went to sleep and replaced it with candy I provided. (Reading this will probably be the first time they know that.) 

By the way, if you give your kids a big dinner before they go out Trick-or-treating, they're less likely to want candy before they get home.

Posted Originally on October 30, 2007


Check out the complete list of Halloween safety tips published yesterday by the Anne Arundel County Police Department on Facebook. 

Crofton MD is generally well-lit and there are sidewalks in most neighborhoods, so trick-or-treating is probably safer in this community than most.  But it's still important to be responsible and exercise precautions.  As an alternative to trick-or-treating, you may wish to take the kids to one of these local events:

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Comment balloon 9 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • October 29 2010 10:30PM


Ah, how these tips are so important for all our young ones Debe.  Thanks for the reblog - hadn't seen this yet. 

Happy Halloween!!!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) almost 9 years ago

Debe, thanks for re-posting this! Great tips! I love the idea of feeding them well before they go out!

Posted by Don Wixom, "Looking out for your next move..."tm (RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID) almost 9 years ago

Great re-blog!  It sure doesn't hurt to remind people of the ins and outs of Trick or Treating!

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) almost 9 years ago

Number 5 can be so hard on the Halloweeners but the advice in the paragraph after that should be the key!  Thanks Margaret and Debe.  Trick or Treat!

Posted by Barbara Chatterton, Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor (The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI) almost 9 years ago

Hi Deb, Sadly these tips are important and someone everyone needs to consider these days. How I wish that weren't true and that we lived in the day of just childhood harmless pranks  instead of real crime. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 9 years ago

Debe, it's supposed to be a fun day, especially for the younger kids. Safety especially when the kids are walking the streets at night is so important. Good Re-blog

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 9 years ago

Good afternoon Debe,

I missed this post so glad you re-blogged! We are getting everything ready for our Halloween Party in the park later this afternoon..perfect weather and are expecting a great turnout! Can't believe the tick or treaters will be out tomorrow night!! We are ready for them..armed with plenty of treats!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 9 years ago

Great choice for a re-blog Debe. You just can't stress enough the need for safety on Hallowen...and always, especially when it comes to protecting kids.

Happy Halloween my friend!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 9 years ago

Thanks for the re-blog, Debe.  'Hope you enjoyed Raincamp!

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 9 years ago