It's not just the trick or treating that makes Halloween fun for me, it's also my birthday! My husband is one of the few men that can say he's married to a real witch and get away with it! As a child I spent my birthdays trick or treating & as an adult walking with the kids as they went door to door. The number one rule for us was only going to houses that had their lights on. Well times have definitely changed & I want to share some safety tips with you that you may have not thought about.
1. When picking a costume with a mask check the following:
  • Can you easily see out of it?  
  • Can it be quickly removed?
  • Is it well ventilated for easy breathing?
2. Does your costume have a bottom?
  • Is it easy to walk in?       
  • If it's adult costume, can you drive in it?
3.  Before you head out knocking on doors take time to check the
    national sex offender registry   for your neighborhood.    
    Most local city & county agencies have this information available. 
  • Avoid these homes 
  • If you know a home is registered to a sex offender & they have their lights on and the decorations are out, that is illegal, please report them to local authorities immediately!
4.  Parents  ALWAYS carry a flashlight & pepper spray with you.
5.  If kids are uncomfortable going to a house because it looks too
      spooky, walk up with them.

6.  NEVER enter anyone's home to accept candy even if it's just for a
    minute. Always wait outside!
7.  Keep your distance.
  • Just because it's Halloween doesn't mean it's ok for anyone to walk up to you.
  • If you are uncomfortable be sure to keep your distance or ask that person to step back.
8.  Be mindful/respectful of what time it is.
  • If it's 10:00 pm & the trick or treators are long gone, don't open your door to a random knock.
9.  ALWAYS walk in groups or pairs. It's never safe to walk alone.

10. Check all candy/items before eating them.
  • Only eat factory wrapped candy.
  • When in doubt, throw it out!   
Tracy Vega
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