EDITOR'S DESK: Stay safe this Halloween

Published: Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM.

Additionally, mark residences to avoid. See http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/ to search for neighborhood sex offenders.

Carry a flashlight and cell phone just in case something does go wrong.

Use the buddy system.

Don’t trick-or-treat alone. Your friend watches your back and ensures no ghouls or goblins — however figurative or literal — can harm you.

Group trick-or-treating aids accountability. An invitation inside for freshly baked cookies and screening a Halloween film on a 90-inch plasma may tempt, but remind your friend of Hansel and Gretel. The thought of cannibalism in the Crestview area may be extreme, but whether it’s a German fairy tale’s witch or a registered sex offender who treats Halloween like most people see Christmas, not everyone has your best interests at heart.

Grim possibilities aside, who wants to trick-or-treat alone? Bringing a friend helps when deciding what house to hit up next. Moreover, comparing lootafterward is half the fun!

Check candy before eating it.

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