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2015-10-28 13:06:24
Tips for a Safe Night of Trick-or-Treat

Many neighborhoods are moving towards the trend of community hosted 'trunk-or-treat' events rather than traditional 'trick-or-treat'. 
Trunk-or-treat is where trick-or-treating is done from parked car to parked car in a local parking lot, often at a school or church. This annual event began in the late 1990s as an alternative to trick-or-treating. The trunk of one's car is opened, displaying candy, and often sometimes games and decorations. Concerned parents see it as safer for their children, while other parents see it as an easier alternative to walking the neighborhood with their kids. Some have called for more city or community group-sponsored Trunk-or-Treats, so they can be more inclusive.These have become increasingly popular in recent years.

But if you're looking for a more traditional Halloween experience you may want to take the kiddos door to door. If you do there are some important things to thing about so that everyone has a safe and happy Halloween. 

Before heading out to trick-or-treating:

  • Wear a costume that makes it easy for you to walk and be seen.
  • Be sure that your costume is short enough to avoid tripping.
  • It is best to make a costume out of non-flammable material that won’t catch on fire.
  • Use reflective tape on your costume so people driving cars at night can see you.
  • Carry a flashlight with you at all times.
  • If you wear a mask, take it off before crossing a street.
  • Plan your trick-or treat route ahead of time, picking streets that are well lit.
  • Have a parent, older brother or sister go with you, or go with a group of children.

While trick-or-treating:

  • Trick-or-treat in a group and hold onto your treat bag tightly.
  • Only trick-or-treat at houses with the porch light on.
  • It’s always best to trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood.
  • Cross only at corners.  Never cross the street between parked cars or the middle of the block.
  • Walk on well-lit streets and stay on the sidewalk.
  • If there are no sidewalks, stay as far left of the roadway as possible and walk facing traffic.
  • Stop only at the houses of people you know.
  • NEVER go into the home of a stranger, even if you are invited in for a treat.
  • Wait until you get home to sort, check, and eat your treats.

   After trick-or-treating:

 • Throw away any candy or food that is not wrapped and sealed by a candy or food company.

 • Always cut open your trick-or- treat fruit before you take your first bite from it.

 • Notify your parents and the Police if there are any suspicious treats—Treats meant to harm you!!!

 • Parents should examine all candy before allowing their children to eat it.


No matter how you plan to trick-or-treat this Halloween, I'd like to wish everyone a safe and fun evening in their community. 

And remember, whether you're looking to buy or sell this season (or both!), I'm here to help.  Give me a call at 214-704-2606 or email me at dave@daveryer.com 
I'm ready to address all of your real estate needs. 


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