As many of us well know, halloween
has evolved into a notorious fall holiday. One that takes over the candy counters at grocery stores, as well as many racks at mall department stores. We all buy into it too. From kids begging for the coolest new super hero costume, to teenagers wating in tideous lines outside of haunted houses. But it's all in good fun right? We all think so. But when you look at the big picture, halloween is has got to be one of the most trust-worthy holidays out there. Many of us have been raised since we were little to not open our doors to strangers. But on one night, all simple rules of "stranger safety
" seem to be cast away. We, without question open our doors time and time again to people in masks. Now I know that the majority of these people are kids with parents only a couple feet away awaiting their kid's return from your front porch, but still, doesn't halloween seem like the perfect opportunity for crime? And i'm not just talking about kidnap or whatever else 'crime' might entail. I remeber one history class we were watching some movie on halloween back in the day, and they mentioned that tapering of candy and drugs, as well as hiding switch blades in candy apples. Not exactly the treat you were hoping for I'm guessing.
As far as prevention
, well i'm hoping that if you're in high school, you already know how to aviod those potential crazy people out there that might look to harm you. But if you're not, or maybe you have to chaperone your little brother or siter, here are some tips according to The New York State County Crime Prevention office:
"1. Make sure your kids DO NOT ENTER THE HOUSE.
2. Have them carry glow sticks or wear reflective clothing. Therefore you can spot them in the night.
3. All costumes and masks should clearly be marked at flame resistant.
4. (For those of you who failed to abide to #3) Teach your children the STOP, DROP, and ROLL technique.
5. Children should be cautioned to run away from those who try to trick them with special treats
6. If a candy or treat has been tampered with, throw it away. (It is best to stick to store bought goodies).
7. Children should be instructed to scream and therefore make a scene if a stranger grabs them etc...
8. Accompany your children to every doorstep. Better to be safe than sorry!
9. Aviod houses is dark and suspicious lighting. "
Well I hope that this informative prompt ensures all of your safety this halloween! Good luck to all you aspiring trick-or-treaters out there.