With the Halloween night upon us the best thing to do is to know your neighborhood. There is allot going on these days. I have one teen who wants to run around town with her friends on Halloween Night and still a little one whose hand will gladly be in mine while we walk the sidewalk together and go trick or treating.
So there are a lot of things you can do to have a safe Halloween tonight. The first I suggest is go to the web site http://www.familywatchdog.us/ this web sight is great cause now you can put in your address or the address of where your child’s friend lives and know where they will be trick or treating and you can tell them what houses to avoid and it even shows a picture of the person! The people on this sight have been convicted and this sight is possible thanks to Megan’s Law. if you don’t know of Megan’s Law here is a little background.
In 1994, a two-time convicted sex offender lured 7-year-old Megan Kafka into his New Jersey home with the promise of seeing a puppy. Instead, she was raped and killed by the man who had been convicted of sexually assaulting two other children. After that brutal crime, New Jersey became the first state to pass Megan’s Law, which mandates for active community notification, ensuring the community will be made aware of the presence of convicted sex offenders who may pose a risk to public safety. Now all 50 states have this in place. THANK GOD! So take advantage of this.
Statistics that are frightening (resource from familywatchdog.us)
•1 of 5 girls and 1 of 6 boys will be molested before their 18th birthday.
•90% of all sexual assaults against children are committed by someone whom the victim knew.
•The typical sexual predator will assault 117 times before being caught.
•The re-arrest rate for convicted child molesters is 52%.
These shocking statistics come from recent studies on the epidemic of sexual assaults that plagues our society today. Our goal at Family Watchdog is to provide you with the information you need to protect your loved ones. Our service allows you to view known registered offenders and predators in your area. Knowing who these people are and what they’ve done provides you with your best defense to protect your family – awareness.
We invite you to use our free service to locate registered sex offenders in your area. Just enter an address and we’ll show a map. You can click on the squares that appear and see photos (where available) addresses, convictions and other information about the offender.
Now that I hope you will check the area out before you send your little monsters and princesses door to door knocking for treats. If your child is going to be unsupervised make sure they are in a group this would hopefully be more than just 2 kids. It is true what they say there is safety in numbers.
Carry something reflective or that lights up. Like a glow stick. You can get your teen to wear a glow necklace or bracelet and that should not “ruin the costume” cause Lord knows they can be picky. This one is important cause kids tend to cross streets randomly going house to house and do not look both ways all the time when darting across streets. So we want cars to see them!
Check curfew laws where you live. Where I am it is 10pm she had me on that one so I am glad I checked. You can call the NON EMERGENCY number to your local police department and find it out. DO NOT 911! Have them plan a rout in the neighborhood and stick to it. Do not have them going all over town. Your neighborhood is good enough. Ours is large there should be no problem filling the candy sack.
Make sure kids can see properly. So watch out on masks, if you need cut holes larger than do it, even if they protest put your “parent Hat on”, it is dark and come on just makes sense!
Visit only homes with lights on and DUH do not ever go in if invited. The line “come in and show my wife your costume”..AHH NO let them know a scenario like this and some others. Common sense is not always the first thing on a kids mind when fueled with sugar and friends.
The last obvious one have a parent check your treats. I would say only eat on the streets if you got it from home. You know they will want to eat candies and it probably is safe but there are freaks everywhere. If your kiddo will be tempted give him a baggie with some treats from home in his sack. Just make sure they have a nice dinner then maybe their will be less desire for that chocolate bar some stranger gave them.
Momma says: Good luck and be Safe Have a Happy Halloween