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Prepare for this weekend by defining limits

As we come to the last week in October, responsible parents throughout our community will be thinking about Halloween.
They should be — this year, Halloween falls on a Saturday, and that means it’s going to be party central in Ennis. Young and old have the chance to turn out to have fun at trick-or-treating in downtown on Thursday evening, and again Saturday in neighborhoods around the area.

Police will of course be on the lookout for illegal activities and danger, but as parents, it becomes our responsibility to take action to keep our children safe. Part of that means telling them what we expect of them in their pursuit of fun and excitement.

We need to tell our youngest about the dangers of talking to or accepting treats from strangers on Halloween. Accompanying them on their trips out in costume is a wise choice, but as they age, we also need to know when to let our watchful gaze be felt through an appropriate chaperone, like an older sibling.

For our older youth, the concern falls less on the early evening
activity of trick-or-treating and more squarely in the arena of the late-night parties. Our students need to know the pressure and temptation to drink will be strong as the atmosphere and fun of Halloween set in.

Parents know that students on the verge of becoming adults must be shown trust, but knowing where our children are and what they are doing is still of paramount importance. Students, understand that the community will not abide flagrant defiance of the law — do not fall prey to the idea that it’s OK to break underage drinking laws, use drugs or engage in reckless behavior just because it’s a holiday.

Still, it is important to enjoy the holiday for what it is and should be. That is an honest and enjoyable way to spend time with members of your community in a fun environment filled with costumes, candy and friends.

Being safe this Halloween will start with our parents having frank conversations with children of all ages so they know the boundaries they are expected to observe while they have fun Saturday.

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