Like me, you’re probably frightened to take your child trick-or-treating. I grew up hearing stories about poison candy, razor blades in apples, and candy-jackings by older bullies and thugs. Most of these unfortunate situations, with the exception of a few candy-jackings, are actually not true. Poisoned candy and bladed apples are actually urban legends. Nonetheless, I’m still terrified about trick-or-treating.
But begging for candy on Halloween night is a right of passage that every child must experience once, so here are some safe places to take your child trick-or-treating this Halloween.
Trick-or-Treating in the Mall
Sounds weird, but most malls are perfectly set up for trick-or-treating. Kids can go from store-to-store in costume asking for treats. Store clerks get a kick out of doling out the goodies, and malls are typically pretty empty so there will be plenty of parking!
Trick-or-Treating at Retirement Communities
If you have a grandparent or family member in a retirement community, check to see if they allow trick-or-treating on Halloween. You don’t have to worry about ghoulish thugs in an old folks homes, and many of the residents will be thrilled to see a bunch of cute kids running around in costume.
By door-to-door we mean the ones in your own home. Decorate your home as a Haunted House, and let your kids knock on each room door and beg for candy. This is definitely the safest place for your children to be this Halloween.
Trick-or-Treating at the Zoo
Some zoos throw Halloween events. Each animal exhibit is another trick-or-treat pit stop. Check your local zoo for scheduled Halloween activities.
Trick-or-Treating on Base Housing
Military base housing is a very safe place to trick-or-treat. Military families are steep in tradition and vow to serve, so it is unlikely your children will be hassled trick-or-treating on base. If you live, or know someone that lives, in military base housing, take your children trick-or-treating there this Halloween.
Trick-or-Treating at School
Some elementary schools allow kids to go from classroom-to-classroom on Halloween. It’s a bit spooky to be on campus after dark, but totally safe.