Every year we read about some incident that happens with the advent of Halloween; someone eggs a car, toilet papers a house, or a child gets an undesirable treat. Some might say that the first two incidents are part of adolescents having fun while the latter is just disturbing and unforgiveable.
When I was a child, we lived in a community of 24 family units that happened to be gated. Think a really down-scaled gated community not like Beverly Hills or anything like that. We just happened to have a gate that enclosed 24 homes. People loved coming to Marionsville because the place was family oriented and it was safe for their children to get treats during Halloween. I never had to go outside of my own home to get treats for Halloween. But not everyone is fortunate to have a tight knit community that looks out for the welfare of children and all of those who visit.
What do you do if you live on a busy street or neighborhood?
Here are some tips I found onwww.Halloween-Website.com:
1. Plan your route ahead of time.
2. Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods.
3. Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark.
4. Take along money for a phone call or have your cell phones fully charged.
5. Wear identification that’s easy to read.
6. Always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.
7. Follow a curfew and take a watch with a backlight.
You can read more tips in the link below. http://www.halloween-website.com/safety.htm
I would even think that it is safer to have a party at your home, invite a few of your friends with children, and make it a fun time with games, music, and food.
What other tips can you give families to make Halloween a fun time?