Boo! It’s the trick-or-treating time of the year again. This should be one of the most anticipated days of the year for children – after all, free candy! Recently, however, our neighborhood has experienced a surge in violence, which makes it important that we take certain steps to ensure that we keep Halloween a fun, safe, and happy holiday for all.
- Costume: For children with dark colored costumes, try to work a reflector on the costumes or provide your child with a glow stick – something that will help them stick out.
Costume: Believable props will always give you costume points, but it’s important to make violent props like guns or swords as unbelievable as possible without being completely cheap/ tacky. It is difficult for patrolling cops to distinguish reality versus prop if the prop is made to look too real. So to avoid the potential police hassle, skip the ultra believable prop.
- Costume: Make sure you can see clearly through your mask and that it is properly ventilated..
Trick-or-Treat: Hold off on eating sweets until you get home. Make sure to inspect the sweets or have your guardian do so. Opened or damaged candy should be thrown away. Don’t fret it – you have plenty more candy!
- Trick-or-Treat: It’s always more fun (and safe) to trick-or-treat in groups.
And of course, parents please ensure that a responsible adult properly accompanies your children at all time. It’s also advisable to have an agreed upon trick-or-treating route.
Popular trick-or-treating neighborhoods: Glen Cove and Hiddenbrooke. Glen Cove is especially known for colorful Halloween decorations!
For trick-or-treaters interested in a less traditional way of spending Halloween night, I suggest a couple of alternatives (information provided by the respective event’s website):
- Mare Island Scare Island – Haunted Trails and Tales: Come out to get scared in a dark walk along our paved trails to scary bunkers decorated for the occasion and cemetery visits, all on your own time on a self-guided route.
- Nightmare on Glenn Street: Trick-or-Treat! Come join us at Children’s Wonderland Park on Halloween for the 2nd Annual “Nightmare on Glenn Street,” a family friendly night of trick-or-treating! Parents and children of all ages will be able to enjoy trick-or-treating in a safe and secure environment, try your luck at escaping from the hay bale maze and take a stroll through a haunted house, if you dare!
- Trunk or Treat: Fun for ALL ages and familiies! Trunk or Treat is fun safe, family environment where Trunk or Treaters spend the evening going from trunk to trunk, collecting candy from volunteer who have decorated their vehicles to serve as a backdrop for this spooktacular event!
However you decide to reach your free candy or scare quota for Halloween, remember to be smart to keep you and your family safe.
Fun fact about Halloween: Trick-or-treating harks back to the Middle Ages and All Souls’ Day, when poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes, a sweet-bread treat, and pray for dead relatives in return (http://www.realsimple.com/).