This year, Halloween will fall on a Sunday. This means only one thing; Halloween will last for two days, Saturday and Sunday. Because of this, the chances of accidents and other problems will double so, we all must be doubly safe.
This Halloween, October 31, 2010 will fall on a Sunday. Many people will not celebrate Halloween on a Sunday and most likely will go out on Saturday evening; however, Sunday could prove busier than ever because most people are home on Sunday evening, which means a greater potential for more goodies.
The usual safety reminders that we are all familiar with need not be gone over in this article. The Internet, your local Police station and other resources are full of “Halloween Safety Tips” and if you need to refresh your memory then you can research them. For the most part, having common sense is the best rule of thumb.
Megan’s Law is the first safety check you should perform. You can obtain information about sex offenders who are living in your neighborhood by going to your states, Attorney General’s Office website, find the link for sex offenders, and click on Megan’s Law. If you locate the areas where sex offenders live in your area, stay clear.
Take extra care this year watching over your children
What we all need to realize and reminded of is that times are different in 2010. More than ever, we all need to be vigilant, be watchful and stand better guard over our children. Times are not as it was when we were younger and the fact is there are more predators, more angry people who want to harm and shiftier ways to take advantage of innocent hearts and minds.
US Marshal’s and Law Enforcement agencies Nationwide conduct various task forces several days prior to Halloween and arrest sex offenders, registered child molesters and predators who are out of compliance just to make Halloween safer for children. All Police Departments have maximum deployment of Police Officers out on the street during the witching hours. This proves one point, that Halloween is an unsafe celebration and there is the potential for grave danger for our children.
Halloween is the one night of the year where children are four times more likely to be injured or killed than any other night of the year.
Underage drinking is another major problem on Halloween. Special events and parties during Halloween encourage widespread underage drinking. Parents should be on the alert in making sure their teenager understands the dangers of drinking.
Adopt the rule that your teen can call you for a ride home if they have been drinking and there will be no questions asked at the time. Just get them home safe.
Other activities on Halloween
I believe we are the only country that still goes door to door trick-or-treating because everyone else in the world has figured it out that it is truly unsafe for children.
Instead of door to door, malls are a good location where young children can walk from store to store trick-or-treating. It is a safe place, the environment is clean and costumes fully displayed rather than covered up by jackets and coats, and it is almost a guaranteed to walk away with a ton of candy and goodies.
Neighborhood carnivals are getting popular where entire streets are making it fun for everyone with elaborate haunted front yards, foods for sale, and goodies for the kids, fun and games.
Churches are putting on Halloween dances, fun, games and haunted rooms to help keep teens off the street and young children safe.
Throwing your own Halloween party, having a costume contest, haunted garage, games and fun for everyone invited is a safe way to celebrate.
I believe there will come a day very soon when going door to door and trick-or-treating will disappear from our society. Times are just different and it is necessary to find other ways to celebrate this holiday.
Make sure you go over all the rules with your children so everyone has fun and no one gets hurt this year, 2010.
Here is to a safe Halloween.
Article also posted on Triond by Scott hallock