I can still remember back when I was of trick-or-treating age–I would come home from school, immediately put on my Halloween costume and then pace the house badgering my parents about if it was time to go trick-or-treating yet. After an hour or two and the sun started to go down, it would be time and I would have a blast going from house to house, collecting candy and growing more and more anxious to get the most candy I could, go home and devour it all. Once returning home I would pour all of my candy out on the floor of the living room and dive in; but I also remember that every year I would be sitting on the living room floor in a huff because I was being forced to wait even more while my parents went through all of my candy. At the time, I did not know why my parents were being so cruel to me–Why did they like making me wait, couldn’t they see that I needed that insane amount of sugar in my body at that exact moment? Was my father stealing all of my peanut butter-filled candy? Well yeah, he was, but what I didn’t know is that kids going door to door, collecting candy and immediately going home to start eating it could potentially turn into a murderer’s playground.
As the years go by, crime rates continue to rise throughout the country. I know now that it was not safe to let your child dive into their Halloween candy as soon as returning home and now, it proves to be an even greater risk, going by the crime rate in the country alone.
In the past five years I have noticed that the houses who participate in handing out candy have declined quite a bit; last year I remember thinking that Halloween just didn’t feel like Halloween anymore–There were very few children running around outside, going up the walk to houses and leaving with broad smiles covering their faces as their guardian slowly followed behind them. There were no orange and purple lights gleaming from the houses on my street and looking around the town I moved to last February as Halloween inches closer and closer by, it looks like it is going to be an even more silent Halloween this year.
If you are fortunate enough to live in an area where Halloween hasn’t dwindled to just another day of the week and you take your children out trick-or-treating, don’t forget to check their candy before they indulge in their loot. The top things to keep an eye out for are opened or partially opened pieces of candy and prepared candy or food without wrapping. It is important to make sure your holiday is the safest it can be and while the dangers of Halloween have changed cities to the point where Halloween hardly exists, we can still try to preserve the holiday for our children and be the safest we can be about it.