Killer Candy & Murderous Strangers: How to Survive Halloween

Halloween kids costumes trick treatEveryone loves to get all freaked out about Halloween safety. Oooooh, Halloween. It's such a scary scary and dangerous holiday. Your kids' teeth might fall out overnight after one night of candy indulgence. Your neighbors -- whose addresses you know -- will suddenly try to murder you in front of the hundred other people on the street. And your kids will probably think it's okay to start knocking on strangers' doors every day thereafter -- so LOOK OUT. Oh, come on!

I pretty much treat Halloween like any other day in motherhood and arm myself against all the regular old dangers. Just like any other day of the week, we watch for cars, I hope they don't get lost, we look both ways before we cross the street, and we say "no, thank you" when a guy dressed as Michael Myers invites us inside his house.

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Before heading out with my kids on Halloween night, I simply throw on my cape of common sense and pack up my weapons of mom wisdom and my sack of smarts (not to be confused with sack of Smarties). After all, Halloween is just like any other scary day out with the kids, well, except for these few small differences ...

  1. It's Night: Yeah, usually we don't go out walking around at night, so I try to prepare my kids and myself for the things that go bump in the night. No, not like werewolves and vampires (Jacob can bump in my night anytime!), but you know, the fact that people can't see you as well and sometimes it gets hard to see your own kid amid all the other kids in Star Wars costumes from Target. A flashlight is good to have, maybe some of those glow sticks the kids love, and real good moms apply reflective tape across the backs and chests of their kids if they're dressed in black ninja costumes. And before we head out, I usually do the "Look into my eyes. I am very serious" safety talk and then still plan on using my quick-fast mom moves and very-scary "Stop in y