Have a Safe Halloween
Do you believe there is evil in the world? I sure do. Just look at the news. People do horrific things to other people, and to animals. While people who seek to harm others will do so on their schedule, Halloween certainly provides an opportunity for them.
Halloween used to be fun and safe. We used to go out without real fear of harm. As I got older, razor blades in fresh apples started to be a legitimate fear. Parents wouldn’t allow their children to eat fresh apples, so people quit giving them out. Then rat poison in popcorn balls became a legitimate fear. People quit giving out anything homemade (which made the candy companies very happy). Now there is a new drug that can be sprayed on candy and looks like sugar once it dries. Really? Will the attempt to harm massive numbers of children ever STOP?!
Parents, teens, and older children… check the candy! I know, it seems like a no-brainer, but it’s important that no candy is consumed without being checked that it has not been tampered with. If the package is open – throw it away.
That being said… how about child abduction? I would suggest that anyone not in high school have an adult with them. High Schoolers should be traveling in groups of three or more. I know it’s a bummer to have an adult with a group of 12 year olds, but… get a fun parent to go around with you… it’ll make the night more fun. Even adults should not be traveling alone at night in this day and age. Unfortunately, it just isn’t safe anymore.
How about pets? On Halloween, keep your pets inside. I’m telling you, there are some strange people in the world. You just never know when one might pop up in your town.
Okay, have I scared ya enough? It isn’t my intention to be a party-pooper. I want everyone to have a wonderful night of trick or treating. I just wanted to remind everyone to have a safe Halloween.
*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, in the Raleigh area.*