Editorial: Halloween’s scariest threats? Not razor blades or ‘rainbow’ fentanyl, but rumors and lies
Halloween may be two days away, but in many communities, it’s already a scary prospect.
On October 31st, we will all be able to look forward to a day in which thousands of people will gather to have the “greatest day of their lives” – or something of similar magnitude.
Most parents know that they cannot allow their children to celebrate Halloween without proper preparation and safety.
The fact that many children will not have a parent there who is able supervise the festivities, can mean a huge disruption for families who want to make the most of their child’s night.
The safety of parents and children is paramount, but a day where people come together to celebrate are not necessarily safe grounds for a child’s imagination, for their joy or even for their safety.
In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, much attention has been paid to the notion that the real problem is that we are failing to keep children safe.
To many parents, this argument is as strong as the one against gun ownership.
The real problem is that we have an entire population of children who grew up watching the news and then being told lies.
As a parent, it’s difficult to separate reality from fiction and to tell the difference, especially when it comes to what is going to happen on school property.
That’s why it’s important to remember that children are not stupid and they do not take everything they hear at face value without questioning it.
As parents, we want to believe that we are keeping our children safe, but we cannot be complacent until we have been proven wrong.
Halloween has become a powerful tool to keep children’s minds active, to keep them from falling into ruts, to help them focus on learning and growing.
But it is also a powerful tool to keep the adults in our lives from the ability