Halloween is my favorite time of year. There's so much to love. Costumes, caramel apples, spooky movies, and of course, all that free candy. My whole family loves Halloween. Even my husband, a police officer in New York City. Sure, his love of the holiday is somewhat changed by the realities of his job and innate desire to watch over all the kids in our area, but he genuinely wants everyone to have a good time. I know you want your kids safe as well, so here's what a police officer wants you to know about trick-or-treating safely— because there's actually a lot to think about.
My husband, Tim, has been on the job for 19 years. In that time, he's seen some amazing, and pretty terrifying, things happen during the Halloween festivities. The great part about the holiday is that for the most part, people just want to have a great time with their kids or their friends and celebrate the season. However, there is definitely something to Halloween and its nature that lends itself to mischievous or even predatory behavior. Also, because many cities trick-or-treat at night on Halloween, there are a few extra considerations that you might not have thought of when dressing your child to go out.