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Our Opinion: Consider the alternatives for Halloween

Don’t allow frightening possibilities to spoil Halloween.

Dressing in costumes and gathering treats are attractions for young people on Halloween.

But dangerous scenarios also loom, including the prevalence of drunk driving.

Halloween traditionally is linked to a higher incidence of drunk driving accidents and arrests, according to law enforcement officials.

When excited, costumed youngsters are crossing or walking along darkened streets where drunk drivers are traveling, the potential for calamity escalates.

Among Halloween safety tips from the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC), children are urged to practice basis pedestrian safety and to wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.

Other horrifying scenarios involve entering a stranger’s home or receiving tainted treats.

As preventative measures, the CDC recommends trick-or-treaters circulate in groups or with a trusted adult. In addition, examine all treats for tampering or choking hazards before eating them.

Although these situations may be rare, the favorable odds are meaningless if they happen to you.

In response to the potential dangers of going door-to-door on Halloween night, alternative events for children have become increasingly popular.

Frequently called Trunk or Treat, the gatherings often are sponsored and hosted by churches or community organizations. Children dress up, enjoy activities and gather treats at the events, organized and supervised by adults.

We encourage participation in these alternative events, designed to eliminate the potential dangers associated with Halloween.

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