Halloween comes once a year and is a fun night of spooks and pranks and CANDY! Let’s keep it fun and SAFE for everyone with a few reminders on safe Halloween practices to abide by.
For the Kiddos:
- When possible use face paint instead of a mask to keep vision clear. If a mask is necessary remove it while walking between houses to avoid any tumbles on the sidewalk.
- Always stay with your group and never go into a stranger’s house!
- Do not eat any of your candy until a parent or guardian has inspected it.
- Be a safe pedestrian. Always look both ways before crossing the road, and wait for oncoming traffic to pass. Wear bright colors and use glow sticks or reflective tape.
- Don’t complain about the “Mom Tax” (or dad). They just schleped you all around town for that haul and didn’t get anything for it. Be grateful!
For the Grownups:
- Teach your children 911 in case of an emergency.
- Supervise your children while they go door-to-door. This isn’t the 1950’s.
- Don’t drive if you can avoid it. Park the car and walk. If it is necessary to drive, then do so with caution and keep an eye out for all the little shysters that aren’t going to listen to number 4 above.
- Never drink and drive! Okay, this is a fun night for grownups too, but lets not ruin it by being dumb. You know better, and Halloween is not an exception to the rule!
- Put your phones away and be present with your kids. They won’t be little forever, and you are going to miss trick-or-treating when they are older and don’t want you coming out with them.
For the Homeowners:
- Clear your lawn and porch of any tripping hazards!
- If you have pets, put them in a safe place away from the door. If you don’t, best-case scenario, you are doing a late night search for Sir Barkington in the dark, worst-case he’s attacking an unsuspecting trick-or-treater, you have to put him down and hire a lawyer for the lawsuit you’ll now be dealing with.
- Unless it’s to your grandkids, don’t pass out homemade treats. You know that every parent in America is going to toss that out before their kids can even finish saying trick-or-treat.
- Consider putting a teal pumpkin out to let parent’s know you are offering non-candy goodies to kids with allergies. Learn more about this here.
- Don’t be the jerk that gives the kids a “trick” before they get their candy. You are not welcome here…Okay, there may be some childhood trauma behind that one, but we don’t need to get into that here. Just don’t do it!
And a quick shout out and thank you to all of the people that spend their hard-earned money on candy for everyone else’s little witches. You are appreciated!
We hope everyone has a FUN and SAFE Halloween! Just in case you missed the other 1,000 Facebook posts from local businesses and the City of Eau Claire, here are our local Trick-or-Treat times for Wednesday, October 31, 2018…