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As Kids Search For Halloween Candy, Learn How To Make Their Evening Safe, Not Scary

Posted October 29, 2000

— On Tuesday, your kids will be heading out to bang on doors in the neighborhood for candy. Halloween should be full of more treats than tricks. WRAL's Brian Bowman presents his special ode about safety for the spooky holiday. Only hours to get ready for All Hallows' Eve; When small kids and big kids seek candy to cleave.

Parents need to know that their children are safe while they scamper; In search of the good stuff, their taste buds to pamper.

WRAL sought out family therapist Bill Edwards, with diplomas to spare; Who knows what your kids should be doing and where.

Parents should watch their small kids, no doubt; Even 14 and younger, need an adult while they are out.

"Give them a little more freedom than the younger children would have, but still be very much in touch with where they are, and time, and what they're doing," says family therapist Bill Edwards. Lights are a must, no matter how old; Wear bright-colored clothes to ward off the cold.

Don't go in the house alone with a stranger; And stick to the sidewalks, the streets are a danger.

The rule for the special day with its odd ornaments, is to have a good time, and just use common sense.

"That's what Halloween should be about is having fun, and children need as much of that as they can have in a positive way," Edwards says.

Edwards also says that if parents plan to watch movies at the house with their children, be wary of the 'R' rating because today's movies are more intense. He also recommends that kids should be 8 or 9 years old before traveling to haunted houses.

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