By Kelly Sargent
Everyone at Tucker Law gets excited for Halloween, especially me. I love getting to be someone else for a day.
My husband Paul and I have had great fun dressing up over the years: murderous bride and murdered bride groom, Sonny and Cher, presidential candidates, tub of pop corn and a bottle of Tobasco sauce, cheerleader and a football player, except we reversed roles entirely; he was the cheerleader in a wig, skirt and pompoms, and I was the football player complete with shoulder pads, uniform and helmet.
Once I dressed in a nun’s habit, accurate to the last detail. As I went about my day, I forgot what I looked like, and pretty much literally put the fear of God into two 12-year-old boys who were tearing around an office supply store where I’d stopped. I gave them a stern look, possibly accented with a foot tap, and wow, did they ever calm down.
Later that afternoon, I popped by a friend’s daughter’s house to drop off a baby gift. I knew that she was still in the hospital, but I’d forgotten that her husband had never met me. When he answered the door, I swished in saying, “I’ve brought some things for the new baby.” The poor guy looked like a guppy gasping for air.
I said all this to make sure you know I’m not dissing Halloween. I’m a fan.
I do feel duty-bound to warn you, however, that Halloween and Beggars’ Night — in some places, Des Moines included, they don't necessarily coincide — pose risks for your children and your home and property.
For example, Halloween brings 17% more crime-related insurance claims than any other day of the year, including theft and vandalism.
Here are some preventative measures.
And here are Halloween safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide to prevent your children from becoming a statistic.
Trick-or-treat with children who are under 12 years of age
If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision make sure they
Just have fun this Halloween, although you might want to make an effort not to frighten unsuspecting husbands and children.
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