Safety Tips And Tricks For 2015 Trick-or-Treat
A Guest Column by State Senator Gayle Manning
October 19, 2015
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As the days shorten, the weather turns cooler, and pumpkins and candy fill store shelves, Trick-or-Treat is now on the minds of virtually every child. This time of year is always filled with excitement around the Manning household.

Trick-or-Treat is the perfect time for the grandkids to practice their "pleases" and "thank you's" as they go door-to-door to fill their Jack-O-Lanterns with goodies. At the end of the evening, the grandkids will return to grandma's house to inventory their sugary bounty—turning my living room into a real-life scene from Willy Wonka's factory!

While you and your family prepare for your special evening filled with delicious candy and spooky costumes, be sure to consider a few precautions to ensure a safe, enjoyable and memorable evening. Here are a few helpful tips to share with your young ghosts and goblins before they embark on their haunted adventures during Trick-or-Treat this year:

  1. Wear visible costumes with either reflective options, reflective tape on the bag, and/or a flashlight.
  2. Stay on the sidewalks and cross only where marked and appropriate.  Use well-lit streets. If there is no side walk and you must walk on the road, walk facing traffic /into the flow of traffic to improve your visibility.
  3. Only approach well lit houses. Never enter a house unless it is someone trusted and known.
  4. Children under the age of 12 years should be accompanied by an adult.
  5. Make a plan with your child if you become lost or separated. Where to go, where to meet, who to contact. Now is a good time to teach your child about 9-1-1 (or other local emergency number if applicable) and also to remind them that police officers can help them should they become lost.
  6. Remind your children to not eat anything until you have had a chance to inspect it.
  7. This is also a good time to practice good manners; saying please and thank you, walking politely on the sidewalk and not walking into people’s yards, taking only one piece and not being greedy, and of course sharing – with younger or older siblings and parents too!
  8. This is a good time to remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Some dentist offices offer to exchange the candy obtained as well.

If you’re looking for plans that involve a bit less sugar, the Carlisle Reservation Metro Park hosts a Halloween Fair on the last three Fridays and Saturdays of October, which include a haunted trail for all ages (children under 3 are free), mini-train rides, midway games, and free entertainment. 

Best of luck on your Trick-or-Treat adventures this year!

If I can ever be of assistance to you or your family, please do not hesitate to contact my office by phone at (614) 644-7613 or by e-mail at

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