Every year millions of children gather; wander the streets in disguise, and approach the homes of strangers asking for free food. While this may sound like a recipe for chaos and disaster, it is more commonly known as “Trick or Treat”. While many of us may have fond memories of participating in this dangerous ritual in our youths, we often forget the true terror that can come with approaching the activity prior to adopting the proper cautionary procedures. Here are some of the greatest dangers that our children can face; and how to prevent them:
- 1.) Fun: Fun is likely to be had to by any child dressing up as their favorite superhero and patrolling the neighborhood. Remember that even the slightest dose of Fun during youth can lead to a greater risk of soul-crushing disappointment later in life. Best to shield your children from this Fun and make the process as corporal and regimented as possible. Introduce an extensive system of rules and ensure they are memorized with rigorous testing procedures before leaving the home.
- 2.) Candy: Candy is often what children look forward to most about Halloween. However, studies have shown that anything except a strict vegan and gluten-free diet will lead to eventual tooth-loss and weight gain. Be sure to do the proper research on each and every piece of candy received. If it contains something that might taste good; it should immediately be discarded. This can be used in combination with a lesson on nutrition to further reduce the danger of Fun (see item 1).
- 3.) Imagination: Allowing children to create costumes and act out as the figure their pretending to be will doubtlessly cause them to use their Imagination. This is nothing short of catastrophic. While Imagination may be rewarded during the years of K-12 education, it will eventually hold your child back when he or she decides to enter the job market. Free thought will impede the ability of the child to perform at their fullest when being given direct and monotonous orders once they reach adulthood. Crush this dangerous Imagination now and break the bonds that it may hold on your child’s future. Ensure all costumes are store-bought and contain the bare minimum of colors and ideas.
- 4.) Exhaustion: The elimination of gym classes and reduction of physical sports and fitness programs across the nation have left our children surprisingly ill-adapted to cope with performing basic motor functions. Asking them to walk for long periods of time may leave them stranded, without the strength for the nearly quarter-mile journey home. Prevent this by driving the child to each and every home; as well as creating a plan for minimal physical exertion during the night’s events.
Remember that as a parent you are responsible for the safety of the child you have spawned. While school systems and after-class programs can account for most of the waking hours a child spends, the remaining 10% of the time falls squarely on your shoulders. Utilizing the above tips will ensure that Trick or Treat is a safe and danger-free venture for all involved.