Halloween Freak Out

Two years ago this October I was the size of a hippo and on bed rest. I spent my days worrying about preterm labor, and whether or not I would get to see the new Harry Potter movie before the baby came.

Flash forward to October 2012, when I have a toddler who can go trick or treating. Now I'm worrying about poison candy, sex offenders hidden behind masks and razor blades in chocolate bars.

Halloween can be so much fun, but I am acutely aware of the urban legends about crazy people using trick-or-treat as the perfect opportunity to subtly poison a town full of children all at once. And I've seen that episode of Law and Order where the kidnappers wear the most popular Halloween costume of the year, so you CAN'T TELL WHICH ONES THEY ARE.

Taking my two-year-old around the neighborhood door-to-door sounds like a cute idea, because I relish every chance I get to hear people tell me how stinking cute my baby is. Her lion costume will turn your heart to mush, especially if you can get her to roar.

My concerns are over-the-top, but I'm not ready to drag my child up and down the street while my paranoia is at a high. Besides, I don't let her have many sweets anyway and she will have a blast handing out candy to neighborhood kids. It will be like a private costume fashion show.

Here are some safety tips from the CDC if you are taking children trick-or-treating:

  • DO NOT trick-or-treat alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Walk on sidewalks facing traffic.
  • Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult.
  • Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses
  • Never accept rides from strangers.
  • Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

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