Halloween is a time for celebration. It is a time for candy and costumes. A time for your little ones to dress up in their favorite character costumes hollering “trick or treat, give me something good to eat.” All around the world kids and parents are gearing up for Halloween. For weeks stores have been displaying Halloween decorations. Families have decorated their yards in spooky decorations anticipating kid’s arrival. In some neighborhoods contest are given for the best decorated home.
It is a time where family and friends gather for mingling. In some instances, families choose to have Halloween parties at home instead of participating in the tradition of walking their subdivision. Let us not forget there are even adult costume parties. What is a party if the adults cannot partake in the tradition as well, right? It’s been a running joke for as long as I can remember that adults enjoy Halloween just as much as the kids.
For the past several years in my subdivision, the Sheriff’s Department partnered with several local stores, such as Winn-Dixie, Wal-mart, Dominoes and the radio station to throw an all out event at the BREC Center. It is announced on the radio station and people from all around come out to participate in the fun. The inside of the center is decorated with all types of decorations and the center even has a haunted house. Some of the deputies even dress up and the kids get a big thrill seeing them out of uniform interacting with them. It’s really nice to see the deputies interact with the kids. It reassures the kids and their parents that, there is no reason to fear law enforcement.
There were several activities for kids to enjoy. To ensure everyone receives candy, Halloween bags are given out. Volunteers are there to play games with the children as well. Prizes are also given for the best dress costumes in categories. There is even a dance contest. It really is a family event for everyone. In the end, if parents and kids decide to walk around the subdivision, deputies are located at various corners to ensure the safety for everyone. The event is a team effort to ensure that all children enjoy a safe Halloween.
Whether you choose to visit your local mall, a function at church, a BREC Center, walk around your subdivision or throw your own spooky party, here are three simple smart ways to ensure you do so safely.
1. Invest in a glow light necklace, flashlight or reflective gear -This type of light can be seen from far away. It gives your kids the added protection of being recognized by drivers.
2. Keep your children close to you at all times –Children are very anxious and excited so of course they are bound to run. As a safety precautions talk to your kids about the importance of staying close to you during this time. I have seen where kids get lost and there is an alert put out to locate them.
3. Check your children’s candy – I know this sound like a no-brainer but you would be surprise with how many parents do not take this pre-caution before their kids dive into their bags. So this one is just a friendly reminder.
Remember, Halloween night is one of the best times of the year but also can be one of the dangerous ones as well if everyone is not careful. Hopefully by following these three simple smart tips, everyone will have a safe and enjoyable Halloween night.