Trick or Tragedy?

By: Matt Holmes Email
By: Matt Holmes Email

Saturday October 27, 2007

The kids at the Ruckersville Elementary Fall Festival were safe Saturday night. They played games for candy that had been checked out by adults and they were supervised by parents, teachers and even the Sheriff. But that won't be the case on Wednesday night.

Trick-or-treating can be dangerous and it can be dangerous in a number of ways.

"The rule of thumb is any time that kids get candy, the parents should go through every single bit of it," says Greene County Sheriff Scott Haas. "When in doubt, throw it away."

That's only the tip of the iceberg for parents like Stacy Thomas. She's got a five-year-old and a seven-year-old she'll be taking trick-or-treating Wednesday.

"I think the most important thing is just knowing the danger and staying with your children," Thomas says. "I don't think they should be roaming around at almost any age by themselves right now."

In fact, that's one of the top pieces of advice the experts are giving.

As Sheriff Haas said, you want to check all candy your kids bring home before you let them eat it and be weary of fruit or candy that isn't individually wrapped.

Some people will give out small toys or erasers instead of candy; those can be choking hazards to small children.

You should also try to avoid going to houses you don't know. And of course, to stay visible to traffic, wear light-colored clothing or carry a flashlight.

Experts say those simple tips should ensure your kids have a very Happy Halloween.

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