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!
TRICK-OR-TREATING IN CROFTON, MARYLAND
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):
1. 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:
- Hallow-Screen at the Annapolis Town Center tonight, (Kids of all ages)
- The Crofton Halloween Parade on Saturday (for the little ones), or
- Haunted House at the Baysox Stadium (PG-13)
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