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Stay Safe Trick Or Treating

Jan 29, 2008
Every Halloween, children dress up in their spookiest costumes and set out in search of the best candy. Wandering the neighborhood at night, going from house to house searching for the best treats is a great tradition. Sensible parents remind their children of the safety rules - stay in a group and check your candy before eating it. But those handing out the treats need to be cautious too. Here's some safety ideas for handing out treats.

Stay safe. Women and older couples are the ones usually at home during trick or treating. And with the growing popularity of trick or treat with teenagers there's a growing feeling of mischief. Some demand candy with menances - threatening to toilet paper homes if the best candy is not handed over. If you're happy to give treats this Halloween, keep your home well lit and all door and windows are secure. Invite over some friends to help, so you're not alone when handing out candy.

Choose your candy carefully. Check that all are wrapped individually and in one piece. Or pick a healthy option like trail mix or granola. And remember to buy plenty. You can give away any you have left. Give out the candy yourself rather than the children reaching into the bowl of candy. There's less chance of germs being passed around. And give out the same Halloween candy to each child. With only one choice its quicker for the parents to get round all the houses in the neighborhood.

Keep track of the children that come trick or treating. Ask their names and where they live. If there's a problem when they're with you, you'll know who to speak to. Children can wander far from home lured by the thought of free candy. If a parent comes searching for their lost child, you'll be able to tell them if they've visited you, when, and which way they headed.

Having spooky fun at Halloween with trick or treating is a great tradition. But it's not just all about the children. If you're giving out treats on Halloween, take care of yourself and your home. By protecting yourself and your visitors you'll make it a fun Halloween for everyone.
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