Halloween traditions are unique

Halloween can be a holiday filled with treats, but we also have to be concerned about the tricks.
Oct 31, 2013

The holiday is a great opportunity for neighbors to get together outside and communicate one last time before winter kicks in and those over-the-fence chats are silenced by the cold and snow.

It’s also a neat day for children to become creative with costumes and collect candy and other treats from their neighbors.

We’re lucky in the Tri-Cities area that we still allow our children to experience the traditional nighttime trick-or-treat activities.

Many communities around the country have, out of concern for safety, reduced trick-or-treat hours and moved the door-to-door event forward to the daylight hours. No matter how you slice that Jack-o-lantern, daytime trick-or-treat is not nearly as fun. Nor do as many neighborhoods participate, because many residents are still at work as that ghost, goblin and princess knock on their doors.

But with our more traditional treating hours, we do need to be doubly careful. Let’s all join together and make this Halloween a day of fun, and preserve our traditional experience for generations to come.

There are several safety suggestions from the National Safety Council that parents and families should keep in mind while making plans for the trick-or-treating sessions. Major among those are:

• Be sure children's costumes fit properly, allowing them to easily see through their masks and not trip over their costumes.

• For greater visibility, decorate or trim costumes and bags with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a vehicle's headlights. Reflective tape is available in most hardware, department and craft stores.

• Children should carry flashlights to see and be seen.

• Make sure your children are carrying emergency identification with them when they go trick-or-treating; in case they get lost or separated from their group. Attach your name, address and phone number on their costumes or on a bracelet.

• Examine treats carefully for evidence of tampering, before allowing children to eat the sweets or play with the toys.

• Remove obstacles from lawns, steps and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.

Follow these simple safety rules and everyone can enjoy traditional Halloween trick-or-treating injury and worry free.

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