How to Protect You and Yours on Halloween: Creepy Clowns Included
For those with a sick, twisted sense of humor, like myself, Halloween has always been something fun and entertaining. Halloween is rooted in ancient festivals, including the Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. Now, there are rumors of a clown-purge inspired by this 2013 movie, The Purge, and its sequels:
- Plan your route in advance. Walk the path in advance, during daylight hours looking for tripping hazards, hiding places for assailants, etc. Walk it again at night to ensure working light fixtures so it will be well-lit at night.
- Wear comfortable shoes. If you've ever watched Zombieland, you know the rules: cardio, cardio, cardio. Helpful shoes to running away from your assailant--especially if they are wearing large, floppy, red clown shoes--is also something to consider.
- Stay well-lit. Just like street lights can illuminate your path, flashlights, headlamps, or light-up costumes can help you see your way.
- Make costumes easy to move in and short enough to avoid tripping. If you do have to run away, tripping hazards are the surest way to ensure you cannot escape.
- Avoid masked costumes. Masks make it hard for you and/or your child to see your surroundings and severely impact your peripheral vision.
- Use flexible props. Avoid costumes that have weapons--which can be mistaken for real sometimes. Fake weapons should be easily identifiable as fake. In the event of tripping and falling, horseplay, and sheer accident, it's also important that fake weapons (or any part of a costume, really) is not hard enough to cause actual injury.
- Check your child's candy. Do not accept homemade candy or treats from strangers. Be sure to throw out any candy not in its original wrapper or that looks like it's been opened.