Parents Taking Caution on Halloween

By Barbra Donlon

Once a year you can roam the streets and find people of all ages dressed up trick or treating. What many don’t see is the danger that this can have.

Growing up we were always taught one thing: Never take candy from a stranger but on Halloween, what was drilled into our heads constantly growing up, is all thrown out the window.

Halloween is meant to be a fun holiday where people dress up as whatever they want and aren’t looked at in a weird way. It’s full of lots of candy, jack-o-lanterns and much more. With every good thing comes the bad.

“As a child I was always taught not to eat the candy until one of my parents check it,” says Kristina DiSanto, 24, a mother of a two-year-old.

Growing up it was very common to hear the words DiSanto mentioned. Parents were very cautious in past years and are still the same way in 2010.

In recent years, there have been so many ways of tampering with candy that it has become second nature to check the candy before the children eat it.

“I am a mother of three children and I always check the candy before I let them eat it. I would never take a chance. People are so crazy, I wouldn’t put poisoning candy above them,” says Patricia Casey, a mom getting ready for Halloween.

While the candy may be one of the best parts of the holiday, Ashley Schwartz, a mom of 2 doesn’t allow any in her home.

“I know the kids love to dress up and trick-or-treat and that is fine with me. I let them do whatever they would like but I always throw the candy out. I will buy candy from the store and allow them to have that and that is it. I know it’s safer that way.”

Not only is checking the candy before eating important, but over all safety is too. Around Halloween, it always gets darker than usual and children often find it more fulfilling to trick-or treat at night.

While trick-or-treating at night can be fun, it can also be dangerous. Costumes are often dark and could camouflage people and make it hard for people to see you. When someone is unable to see you that can only be a bad thing.

Stores sell a variety of lights that can be used to make you visible to everyone else. You can buy a flashing light, a reflecting light, or even a glow stick. Any of these is better than nothing.

Through the years there have been many tragedies on Halloween due to people not being visible by others. While having the light on may seem like a nuisance, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

On Halloween a lot of pranksters and jokester come out. A lot of creepers come out too. Always no matter what, walk in groups of friends. Never stay by yourself.

“I know on Halloween so many weirdo’s come out that even though my children are 13, 12 and 10, I never allow them to walk alone. Even if they are with friends, they still need an adult present,” says Casey.

It’s safe to say that on Halloween, all parents will be extra cautious. Anything out of the ordinary needs to be looked at. Nothing is too big or too small.

You never know who you are going to run into on any day, let alone Halloween. It’s a day where almost ‘anything’ goes and you can never be too safe. Always remember to check your candy, wear a light, and never walk alone.

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