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Old 08-27-2007, 01:09 AM
 
Location: pittsburgh
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I have a son that will be turning 5 in October as a matter of fact and I was wondering how other parents felt about trick or treating. We hear all of the horror stories of people that are out on Halloween trying to kidknap kids for one. Then the other thing we have to worry about are the whack jobs that try to taint the treats. Theese things alone make me a little leary of trick or treating. I thought it might be a nice thing to have a costume party at my home with some of my son and his friends. Have a couple of big pumpkins filled with candy for them to eat and cook some sort of dinner. Then maybe do some age appropriate activites such as pumpkin decorating and maybe painting of Halloween pictures and perhaps rent some Halloween cartoon style videos. I dont know it was just a thought. Does anyone think I am just a little too paranoid about trick or treating?
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Old 08-27-2007, 01:33 AM
 
Location: beautiful North Carolina
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I have a son that will be turning 5 in October as a matter of fact and I was wondering how other parents felt about trick or treating. We hear all of the horror stories of people that are out on Halloween trying to kidknap kids for one. Then the other thing we have to worry about are the whack jobs that try to taint the treats. Theese things alone make me a little leary of trick or treating. I thought it might be a nice thing to have a costume party at my home with some of my son and his friends. Have a couple of big pumpkins filled with candy for them to eat and cook some sort of dinner. Then maybe do some age appropriate activites such as pumpkin decorating and maybe painting of Halloween pictures and perhaps rent some Halloween cartoon style videos. I dont know it was just a thought. Does anyone think I am just a little too paranoid about trick or treating?
Not at all. I will say though that my husband and I take our kids in the neighborhood, and only to houses that we know. But honestly, your idea sounds a lot more fun, especially at your son's age.....Jeannie
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Old 08-27-2007, 01:41 AM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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We had a party a few years ago and it was a huge hit. We had food, games, and crafts. Then we went to my some neighbors homes that we had pre-warned, lol. We live in a rural area, and our neighborhood is one of the few residental areas in the county with sidewalk and street lights. Most of the kids in town come to our neighborhood to trick or treat. It was insane last year, non-stop kids. We may do a party again this year. But we will see.
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Old 08-27-2007, 06:48 AM
 
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Fortunately we live in an area where trick or treating is still popular. I would really like to see some statistics on how many tainted treats are actually found in candy. I know that was a 'big' concern when we were young and T or T'ing 30+ years ago yet no one I know ever had any. Last year the hospitals in Mn reported no incidences of tainted treats in the ER.

As for kidnappers, again, media gone wild. You have a 5 year old, you will be out with your child, the chances of your child being kidnapped are zero.
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:18 AM
 
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Trick and treating is still the norm here. We know our neighbors. Nothing bad has ever happened.
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Old 08-27-2007, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga TN
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Princess, you have hit the nail on the head. Halloween is great and while I LOVE it, it can not only be scary for some parents, it's rarely on a weekend night lol So yes, hold your own party the weekend before, have a pumpkin race and enjoy! If your son insists on trick-or-treating take him to the mall if one is close by. Alot of our local churches hold TRUNK-or-treat as well.
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Mass.
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my 5 y/o loves trick or treating i would not take it away form him.... just like above said, you will be there with him, so no worrries right??
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:30 AM
 
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Trick or Treating - a definite yes. If you bring your kids to a nice neighborhood (if you don't live in one), they will have a blast.

My parents were always paranoid regarding what to accept or reject in our bags of candy (they went through them thoroughly before I could eat any). They threw out anything open, with a tear, or anything not wrapped. I continue this practice with my kids and go one step further because of their young age.... My wife and I take custody of their candy and give it to them in small/reasonable quantities over time (so they don't get sick).

I researched a while back and learned that most of the horror stories we all heard when we were ourselves young were unsubstantiated "urban myths." Reading that added a lot of confidence to me regarding this fun holiday. Of course my family and I only stick to the very nice neighborhoods (if I was in a bad area I'd pass for sure). Our neighborhood is well policed on Halloween - we have 3 sherriff's living here and it appears they stay out during the entire trick or treating time period.

The only other reason I've ever heard for not allowing children to go trick or treating was religious. A father recently found his calling to study to be a preacher, and his 9 and 7 year old boys were suddenly told years after having been out every halloween, that it was an evil holiday. Kind of extreme and bizarre to me considering it fundamentally is just a great time. But obviously, his decision and he stood by it.
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:15 AM
 
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Default absolutely yes to trick or treating!

Halloween, thankfully, is still popular where I live. It's my FAVORITE holiday and we celebrate it with enthusiasm.
I doubt you'd let your five year old trick or treat by himself or just with friends? I'm assuming you or another adult with be with him going from house to house.
I have yet to hear about any tainted candy anywhere. I agree...it's the media gone wild and putting fear into parents once again.
Get him dressed up, have fun, and go to a few houses. I still have awesome memories of trick or treating when I was a child. I bet your son will really have fun and enjoy it.
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Old 08-27-2007, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Austin 'burbs
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Golfgal hit the nail on the head.

It's a rite of childhood!
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