I know, I know, SAFETY. Ugh. Why should you care about being safe? Halloween is about having fun!
Well, as it turns out, you’ll have way more fun if you’re safe. If you are having a great time on Halloween night and you run face first into a tree, you won’t be having as much fun afterwards. You’d have to go home, and spend the rest of your night inside with nowhere near as much candy as you wanted. Here’s how to avoid such a tragic fate!
Glow sticks. You heard me, glow sticks. They’re fun, colorful, and you don’t even have to hold on to them. They can be worn as bracelets or necklaces if you’d prefer. Not to mention, they’re pretty cheap, and last a number of hours. You can even find these at the dollar store to stock up.
If you’d had glow sticks on, you would have seen the tree and avoided the injury. Not to mention, adding a little light to your costume makes them look cooler! When it gets dark out, no one can see your costume or you looking great in it, but if you add a little light, everyone will wish they were as cool as you!
If all else fails, grab a trusty flashlight and maybe some extra batteries. This way, you can see anyone before they try to scare you Halloween night.
Don’t go running off on your own!
Bring a friend, a sibling, or parent. Make plans before Halloween, with your parents or friends at school so you know who you’re going to go trick-or-treating with. When you’re out trick-or-treating, make sure everyone stays together, especially younger kids you might be with. Look out for your friends!
It’s no fun to go out in the dark alone and try to find your way around. Make sure that you have a phone to contact your parent/guardian. This way, if you aren’t sure where you are, they can come pick you up. You should do this whether you’re going alone or in a group, to keep everyone safe.
If someone’s light isn’t on, they probably don’t want visitors
You might want to hit every house in the neighborhood, but not every house is going to give you candy on Halloween. Save yourself some time and energy, and skip the ones with their lights off. You might think that they just have their lights off to be spooky and scare you when you come to the door, but in reality, it’s a no-go. Just just skip them.
Have a plan
Make sure someone knows where you will be. Let them know which houses or roads you are going to be on, and set an expected time to be back. It can be flexible, but work it out ahead of time, so everyone knows what the plan is.
The moment you get it, you just want to dig in. I know the feeling, believe me! But sometimes candy isn’t safe, so it’s best to wait until you get home and can see it in the light. This way, you’ll know if there is anything wrong with the candy before you eat it
Don’t eat candy that is in an already opened package or seems to have something done with it.
If you know you won’t be able to hold back from eating candy while you’re out, bring some of your candy with you while you go and keep it separate from the new candy you’re getting. This way, you can chomp on candy you know is safe while getting lots of it for later.
We all know the phrase, and it’s important to remember on Halloween
To be safe, don’t get in stranger’s cars; don’t go into their homes; and most importantly, DON’T TAKE ANY CANDY FROM THEM!
I’m just kidding about that last one. But really, don’t go in a stranger’s car or house. And remember that just because you know a person’s name, doesn’t mean they aren’t a stranger.
Be safe and have fun! Happy trick or treating!
-Molly Mannila, SWAT Intern Advisor, Santa Fe Community College Student