Halloween is a truly fun time for all, but there are risks associated with going door-to-door and taking candy from strangers. Not every house should be visited.
I’ve compiled a list of Halloween Dos and Donts, along with a page that shows you where Sex Offenders and Predators live in your neighborhood. According to WFLA, Florida law requires every sex offender and predator to register their address in the state and update their information quickly if they move, so the list gives the most up-to-date information available.
Offenders are encouraged to not decorate their homes at Halloween, as the decorations may make people think they are giving out candy, which is absolutely forbidden. Search ‘FDLE’ on Google for a free app that will let you know exactly which houses to avoid in your neighborhood.
Another issue that is becoming more common at this time of year is the accidental ingestion of marijuana edibles. Some cannabis companies make their packaging look very similar to popular candy, making the chance of accidental dosing more likely.
Other edibles look like common snacks, like cookies or brownies. Make sure you look at all candy very closely to be sure it is what it seems.
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Never eat any candy or snacks that are not sealed from the manufacturer or show signs of tampering. If you have any doubts whatsoever about an item, you should throw it away or bring it to a local police precinct for examination.
It’s always good to remember where you got specific candies, too. The best option? Go to the houses of friends and family only.
Trick or Treaters should never walk alone. No exceptions. A large group is more visible and safer.
Make sure everyone carries a glow stick or flashlight, too. Be sure to make your child’s costume not obstruct their vision in any way and move freely while wearing.
It’s also recommended that a parent(s) follow along with their children, no matter their age. Make sure your children know to never go inside the home of a stranger and never knock on the door of a home where the lights are off.
You’re likely to see COVID safety precautions still in place at many homes. Wear your masks when possible and interact with as few people as you can. Bring along some hand sanitizer, too.
Finally, if you see someone who looks too old to be Trick or Treating, give them candy anyway! It’s all about having a good time, no matter your age-and after the year we’ve had, we could all use some free candy!
This can be a safe Halloween, just be sure to pay attention. Have a great time…and bring me all the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!
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