By now, children have their costumes chosen, and some probably have theirs wore out.
Ghosts, goblins, Frankensteins, witches, skeletons, gravestones and much more can be seen on lawns and houses throughout the Exploits Valley.
Children have probably been to Halloween parties, already had their share of candies, and can’t wait to hit the sidewalks, and dozens of houses, to get more treats.
Those children probably don’t want to hear the ever so popular “stay off the roads,” and “look both ways before you cross the street,” but it’s important – and there’s more to it than that.
Never go alone. It’s the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends and family.
Bring flashlights, glow sticks, and wear reflectors. It’s not only important to help you see where you are stepping, and prevent injuries from falls, but it’s important so vehicles can see you.
Drivers must have eyes in the backs of their heads and look out for superheroes, princesses, and the many other characters that will be on the hunt for candies, and drive slow.
Never enter a house without a trusted adult, or accept a ride from a stranger.
And when the trick-or-treating is all over, and your back home with your loot spread out on the floor in front of you, check each candy and items you collected in the bags, or pillow sacks, before eating. Only eat the factory wrapped treats.
And while you’re at it, portion those treats. Save some for a rainy day. Hide some away if you have to.
Sure, you walked around the block, up steps to a bunch of houses, and back down again, but by not sitting down in front of a TV or video game and eating a bunch, you will not only save yourself a tummy ache, you can make your treats last!
Halloween is great. It’s one night of the year you can dress up and pretend you’re someone – or something else. You get to go outside, enjoy some fresh air, and exercise, and you can do it with your family, or your friends.
But the following day, you’re back to being you, so let’s not be a less healthy you, or a you with less healthy teeth.
And don’t do anything you’ll regret. Leave those eggs in the fridge, the toilet paper in the bathroom, and the tricks up your sleeves.
Kids, have fun, but be safe while collecting treats; and homeowners, be safe from tricks!