It’s almost Halloween and, much as I adore it, I have very mixed feelings about trick or treating. In this post I’ll cover some trick or treating safety tips to help keep your kids out of harm’s way – whether they are little ones or teens.
Opinion seems to be thoroughly polarised between those who think trick or treating is a harmless and fun activity and those who think it’s akin to begging and threatening behaviour.
So where do you stand?
Have you ever turned all the lights out on Halloween just to avoid the constant ringing of the doorbell Have you secretly prayed that those knocking will go away and, when they do, won’t shove something horrid through your letterbox or cover your car in eggs and flour?
And there’s the problem.
In a way, it’s a shame that, as in so many other occasions in life, the behaviour of a few spoils it for the masses.
For the past few years, I have put on a Halloween tea for the family. Mum and Dad come round and we try to scare my father to death by dangling fake spiders in the toilet.
The house is decorated with the supermarket’s finest and Mr Bones (our skeleton friend) makes his annual appearance.
We always have buckets of sweets ready and it is the Husband’s duty to carve the pumpkins to light the way for any passing revellers.
Very often the callers come early in the evening escorted by their parents and the little ones are dressed to the spooky nines and look incredibly cute.
Later on, in the evening sees the odd sulky teen who might be wearing vampire fangs and a smear of fake blood who is happy to take a pound for their trouble.
Caitlin and Ieuan are regularly campaigning to be allowed to go trick or treating but in all honesty, I am really not keen on the idea.
They certainly couldn’t go unescorted but, because our village, Dinas Powys, has a large proportion of elderly residents, it isn’t really somewhere that you could knock on loads of random doors.
I suppose you could just go to those houses where there are Halloween decorations or lit pumpkins but it all seems like a lot of effort for a few sweets when you could celebrate at home with your family.
Leaving aside the increased risk of anti-social behaviour on Halloween, there is, in any case, the issue of child safety.
So if you are going trick or treating, remember the following safety tips.
If your teens are going trick or treating:-
This year we’re playing safe again and going to our local Halloween night at the St Fagans National Museum of History where we’ll see plenty of spooky characters and the Burning Man.
Will your kids be trick or treating this Halloween?
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