Yes, it's that time of year again - a season full of pumpkins, monsters, and imaginations run wild. Most of us have fond childhood memories of dressing up in our favorite costume, running door to door yelling "Trick or Treat" and amassing piles of sweet goodness. I even remember one instance when we found "the mother lode" (translation: full-size candy bars) and snuck back later in the evening to cash in again (bless her heart - she recognized us and gave us TWO more each!)

Sadly, times have changed and the new rage is "Trunk or Treat." Sorry, but that doesn't even sound fun - it actually sounds a little creepy! I often wonder if kids realize what they are missing; but then again, if you don't know any different...

As an adult, I feel a sense of loss. In the past, I've been known to complain about having to answer the door and hand out treats, but now that a hobgoblin on the front stoop is a rare occasion, I have to say I really miss it. Who couldn't help acting scared when you opened the door and a little Frankenstein's monster grunted or a witch cackled? Their smiles and the fun they were having was passed on, door-to-door.

Whatever you and your kids decide to do this year, have fun - but please be safe. Here are some tips provided by our friends at the Salt Lake City Council:

Halloween is an exciting holiday and the City Council wants to make sure you and your family stay safe. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has compiled some helpful tips to keep in mind this year:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
  • Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. 
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items. 

 

The Salt Lake City Police Department has also compiled some safety tips: