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Cooler weather, colorful leaves, comfort food and free candy are just some of the reasons that fall is my favorite time of year. It is always fun to peruse the aisles at Walmart and the catalogues with my son to decide what he is going to be this year for trick-or-treat.
We have thought about Darth Vader and Yoda, among other characters. However, as I peruse the aisles and the catalogues, I have noticed there are several other essential things that we should consider when preparing for that one night of candy raiding.
First, do not allow your children to go trick-or-treating alone.
I know this may sound redundant in light of last month’s article on preparing your children for “stranger danger,” but something this important cannot be repeated enough.
Regardless of how old your children are, they are potential victims for predators.
On the same note, keep in mind that your older children may not be the best chaperones for younger children.
Older children often have a different agenda on the night of trick-or-treat than the younger children they are supposed to be supervising.
As I was sitting at home last night, I received an Amber Alert on my cell phone. It was a reaffirmation to me that in today’s society, dangers to our children lurk around every corner.
So, I would urge you as parents not to let your guard down, especially on this one night.
Second, when your children go trick-or-treating, be sure they wear reflective clothing or carry a glow stick, so that drivers can see them in the dark.
These are inexpensive and simple protective items that can be found in the Halloween aisles at Kroger, Walmart or Rite-Aid. The small cost of these little costume add-ons is worth it if they save your child’s life.
Third, after the frolic and play is over, carefully inspect your child’s candy. Even better, if possible, take the candy to healthcare facilities that offer to X-ray it to ensure nothing has been tampered with. In today’s world, which is riddled with drug use and child predators, you cannot be too careful.
Parents, the main lesson of my article is to be on your guard. Halloween should be a time that’s filled with happy childhood memories.
However, to help prevent the worst things that can happen to your child, you must be prepared and make sure your children are prepared and know what to do if their safety is threatened.
I will end this month’s article the same way I did last month. Parents, I urge you to talk to your children and talk to them often. If something is worth saying, it is worth repeating.
County Attorney Nick Marsh practices law in Carrollton, Ky.