Is Trick or Treating Safe?

DSC_0265(1)Halloween is just around the corner! Monsters, ghosts, superheroes, princesses, and more are getting ready to come out for some scares. Trick or treating has been a Halloween tradition for years, but lately it seems that the trend is fading. With social media being a source of news, it has made parents more aware of the possible dangers that come with trick or treating. Whether your kid is suiting up in their spookiest costume or dazzling with bright colors, here are some tips to help you be prepared when deciding to let your little ones out.

Do not let your kids go out alone. It’s no secret that trick or treating should be done in groups. It gets darker earlier and children like to stay out later than usual on Halloween. Depending on their age, you may choose to go out with them while they go trick or treating. If you’re out there with them, try to make plans with other parents in your neighborhood to make the walking more fun for everyone!

Older kids and rules. If your kids are in their teens, they probably wouldn’t like you hanging around with their friends while they’re out on Halloween. If you decide to let them out alone, make sure to set a curfew as well as ground rules to make sure they don’t get into trouble. Remind them to be respectful to other trick or treaters as well as people handing out candy. The most important thing to remember is to make sure they’re always a phone call or text away. Make sure they check in with you throughout the night. This allows them to have fun with their friends without you worrying.

Check those treats! Social media has made us very aware that treats aren’t always sweet. Tampered treats are extremely rare, with no documented cases of poisoning and only one documented case from 2000 with pins in Snickers bars. Even so, it is never bad to take a little extra caution when inspecting your kids’ Halloween candy. Look for anything that looks suspicious or out of the ordinary, such as holes in the wrappers or tape.

Trunk or Treat! If the idea of your kids being out at dark makes you uncomfortable, don’t worry! Trunk or treat is a safe and fun alternative to trick or treating. Trunk or treating is a group effort set up by schools or other organizations where kids can go from parked car to parked car and get Halloween treats. It’s usually done in parking lots by parks, malls, churches, and shopping centers, making it a safe environment for everyone. Often times there’s a variety of additional activities for families to enjoy!

The Manassas Park Community Center is hosting our annual Trunk or Treat on Halloween! You can join us for hayrides, candy, and to enjoy the costumes. In addition, there will be a moon bounce as well as other activities for everyone. Trunk or Treat begins at 5:30pm at the Community Center’s front parking lot. See you there!

The Manassas Park Community Center is located at 99 Adams Street in Manassas Park, VA. Managed by the City of Manassas Park Department of Parks and Recreation, the facility is home to basketball courts, a swimming pool, wellness areas, special events, and recreational classes. For more information visit us at www.ManassasParkCommunityCenter.com or call at 703-335-8872.

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Links:

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/halloween-non-poisonings/

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/pins-and-needles/