What's in your safety talk?
On a day like today, there will be kids of all ages on the streets of all neighborhoods. When I was growing up, I was indoctrinated with the idea that there were syringes in my Halloween candy. All our items needed to be screened by adults first. Then, there was the year that bad things got so bad in the candy batches and the year that the teenagers were not only throwing eggs but also broken glass bottles -- that I was only allowed to go to "Safe Streets", the area in the neighborhood where all households were somehow certified "safe" and cops were at every corner. From that year on, I recall that I was only allowed to go to "Safe Streets" for our trick or treating.
Our added twist to Halloween this year in Portland is that Jack McClellan is in our midst, and he has re-launched his website, posting the best places to watch girls in Portland.
What things do you tell your children so they know what is "safe" and what is not? What precautions do you take for yourselves to be most aware of the community around you? We have had some great suggestions on a previous conversation, "Knowing is Half the Battle", but we would love to hear more...