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By the time you receive this newsletter, my kids will be gearing up for what is probably their favorite holiday. Between dressing up as their most beloved characters and getting a free pass on eating sugar, it’s easy to see why Heidi and Ian love Halloween so much. Still, there are those who want to take this fun- filled holiday a little too far. As you may be aware, a petition has been making the rounds to get Halloween moved to the last Saturday of October from here on out — something candy companies seem particularly interested in. Mars, Inc. even offered 1 million free Snickers chocolate bars to Americans if the measure went through. But despite the fact that these delicious candies happen to be my favorite, I have to disagree. Moving the date of Halloween would be a grave mistake. I say this both as a concerned father and a personal injury lawyer. As convenient as it may seem to have Halloween over the weekend, the truth is the risk isn’t worth it. The holiday already sees a spike in the number of kids who get hit by cars because of how many are trick-or- treating at night. But the weekend closest to Halloween is also when most adults have their own costume parties, meaning there will inevitably
be drunk drivers on the road. Making the holiday explicitly on a weekend will associate it even more with alcohol consumption and many more tragic accidents will take place. Thankfully, this change doesn’t look like it will happen, at least not in the near future. Of course, regardless of what day of the week Halloween lands on, it’s important to do all you can to keep your trick-or-treaters safe from traffic. Make sure they are visible at night even if that means using reflector tape on an otherwise dark costume. Also, have your kids look both ways and remove their masks while crossing the street. This will improve their peripheral vision and help them spot cars before it’s too late. Last but not least, keep your young kids close to you and always bring a flashlight even if you don’t plan on being out after dark.
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looking forward to a fun-filled, relaxing fall with the family.
A somewhat new tradition we’ve started is heading to the Louisburg Cider Mill for Cider Fest every year. Between the corn maze, live music, kids’ activities, and, of course, fresh- baked cider doughnuts, the drive down is more than worth it. Plus, we can pick out our pumpkins right there at the mill! We usually end up getting 2–4 pumpkins a year. I’m far from what you would call an artist, but I’ve always loved carving jack-o’- lanterns. The kids look forward to helping out, and they love displaying their creations on our front porch. So, that’s our fall in a nutshell: doughnuts, pumpkins, and trick- or-treating. No matter what your traditions are, I hope you and your family have a safe and happy autumn!
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"Moving the date of Halloween would be a grave mistake."
Until next time,
Safety will always be doubly on my mind with these sorts of things — the protectiveness of being a parent mixes with the very real situations I’ve encountered while representing injured families. But that said, I’m
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