Halloween Survival for Preppers

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#4: Avoid scary clown costumes.
In 2016 there was a "Scary Clown" threat. Schools were
adequately warned and some news organizations called them
hoaxes, but the threat still looms. Don't play around with the
clown costume. Because of the recent threats, don't allow your
child to wear a scary clown costume. Most public schools are on
high alert for the scary clown and your child could face discipline
at school for wearing one.

Halloween dress codes generally prohibit anything offensive,
culturally insensitive, violent or crime-related. Add the scary
clown costume to the list. Generally, masks are prohibited

#5: Remind teens and college kids that parties can
turn into riots.
Riots happen, and during Halloween college campuses are among
the most active when it comes to partying. Discuss situational
awareness. Particularly with teens, also emphasize safety on the
street and caution with strangers, and have a communications
plan with cell phones and tips on avoiding alleys and isolated

#6: Don't allow your kids to wear political costumes.
Even though the elections are over, the tensions are still high
with regards to political candidates. Ensure your kids stay away
from political costumes:

  • No "Hillary for Prison" costumes.
  • No "the system is rigged" Trump costumes.

People have been beaten (even killed) just for wearing a costume
that's politically offensive.

#7: Give dark chocolate treats, hard candies and
chewing gum.
Plan it so the candy you give out to trick or treaters will be useful
for you if you have leftovers. Here are some candy ideas...

  • Dark Chocolate: Did you know that milk chocolate will store
    one year, but dark chocolate will store about three years?
    The difference in storage is because of milk fat present in
    the milk chocolate, which is much more than in dark
    chocolate. Generally fats don't store well (they become
    rancid quickly) and such is the case with milk fat in
    chocolate. Preppers should always rotate their oils, including
    their chocolates.

    If you want to put chocolate in your long term food storage,
    choose dark chocolate because it lasts longer than milk
    chocolate. The good news also is that dark chocolates will be
    among the leftover candies in Halloween candy sales,
    because most kids appreciate milk chocolate. Another reason
    to choose dark chocolate for your food storage is because it
    is high in antioxidants.

  • Hard candies and suckers: Hard candies can provide quick
    energy for long hikes, which is why it's a good idea to have
    some in your bugout bags and in your car survival kits. Hard
    candies also will last a long time. Eventually hard candies
    may deteriorate in cellophane wrap, but has a much longer
    life than milk chocolate.

  • Chewing gum: Trick or treaters will appreciate getting
    chewing gum (it's a candy that will stand apart from the
    others in the bag). Best of all, it lasts a long time. If you're
    able to find gum at a discount, you can keep it for next year
    and the kiddos won't know that it's last year's gum. Not only
    does chewing gum last a long time, but it has survival uses.
    Learn more about chewing gum for survival.

#8: Stock up on candy sales.
Investing in after Halloween candy sales amounts to big savings
of 75-90% off! Stay away from gummy candies, which will melt
and clump together, as well as milk chocolates which quickly
become rancid. As a general rule, the harder the candy, the longer
it will last. Chewy candies will last much longer than soft candies.

The fluffier the candy is, the less of a shelf life it has. For
example, Bubble Yum for example, won't last as long a gumball.

With these things in mind, be on the lookout for the following
  1. Altoids mints can last almost indefinitely!
  2. Bit-O-Honey
  3. Butterscotch
  4. Candy sticks and ribbon style candy
  5. Candy corn - made of sugar and beeswax it won't last
    indefinitely, though.
  6. Caramel - it may melt, but it's still great for cooking
  7. Chiclets
  8. Dark Chocolate without nuts - it is the longest lasting of
  9. Dots
  10. Fireballs
  11. Gobstoppers
  12. Jelly Beans
  13. LemonDrops
  14. Lifesavers - Lifesaver Mints will last longer than hard candies!
  15. Nerds
  16. Necco wafers
  17. Rock candy
  18. Runts
  19. Skittles
  20. Smarties
  21. Starbursts
  22. Sweet Tarts
  23. Tootsie Rolls and Toostie Pops
  24. Twizzlers

Enjoy the incredible savings on candy, much of which you can use
in prepping during after season sales for Valentines Day, Easter
and Christmas, too! Keep candies in an airtight mason jar, away
from light and you'll get the most value for your money.

Better yet, don't eat the candy (experiment with it instead)!
Why not blow it up, melt it into bubbling puddles or find secret
ingredients with your kids? Candy Experiments, by Loralee
Leavitt, will teach your kids how to be candy detectives. They will
love floating the "m" in an M&M, taking the skins off candy corn,
or using that vacuum sealer in your preps for making
marshmallows go flat.

Happy endings...
Now you know that with a little prepping, you can stay safe,
stash up on the candy, and survive the night... Here's something
else to consider. Among the famous people born on October 31 is
Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts! Certainly she was
a prepper who has instilled a measure of preparedness for
generations after her passing. Now you can enjoy the night
celebrating scouting in America, too!

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Halloween Survival Guide
How to have a happy and safe Halloween

Prepper's guide on how to have a happy and safe Halloween
Halloween is a happy time with costume parties and parades,
tricks and treats; however, pedestrian deaths escalate on the
fateful night, teens get rowdy, and also police take on potential

With a little preparedness, you can stay safe, stash up on the
candy with long shelf life, and survive Halloween night! Here's
how to live through Halloween...

Halloween Survival Guide for Preppers
Halloween is fun and here's how to make it safe too...

#1: Keep costumes safe and visible.
The most important part of the costume is its visibility at night.
While dark costumes are fun and scary, they also aren't practical
at night, particularly if your tween is roaming the streets without
an adult. If your child must wear a dark costume, you can add a
"glow in the dark" effect. The costume to the right is glow in the
dark, but it offers very low visibility for the wearer, and may be
difficult to breathe. The solution is to use the body of the
costume and use face paint instead of the mask. On the back,
add reflective tape!

Thankfully, preppers are a creative bunch. You can help ensure a
costume is safe with a few alterations.
Sewing is a prepper skill,
so get to it and sew a safe costume. You can design costumes (or
alter them) with safety in mind:

Ensure your kids have good visibility:

  • Make sure they can see through masks, hats and wigs -
    Masks in particular can cut vision and should be avoided for
    other reasons, too (See #4). But if you decide to have your
    kids wear a mask, ensure kids can navigate the walk through
    their masks and heavy head costumes to avoid slips, trips
    and falls. Choose face paint over a mask whenever possible.

  • Ensure drivers see them - many costumes are black, which
    is hard to see at dusk and by nightfall. Try to pick light
    colored costumes to increase your child's visibility with cars
    and trucks. You can also enhance their costumes with glow
    in the dark accessories and reflective tape, flashlights and
    headlamps and glow sticks. If the costume must be black,
    add a reflective treat bag.

  • Inspect the costumes to make sure they fit properly. If
    the costume is too long others may trip as well.

  • Breathe a sigh of relief. Make sure kids clothing isn't too
    snug. Be sure they can breathe adequately underneath it all,
    so you can breathe a sigh of relief.

#2: Prep kids on pedestrian safety.
Don't allow kids under 12 to roam the streets without supervision.
Teach all kids about pedestrian safety:
  1. Instill a measure of personal responsibility. Remind your
    children that they are responsible for their own lives and
  2. Go over the rules. No running! No electronic devices to
    distract them. Heads up! No messing around in the streets
    (no pushing and shoving)
  3. Teach kids to make eye contact with drivers.
  4. Cross the street responsibly. Never allow kids to cross
    between parked cars, which cut their visibility to drivers.
    Ensure they use cross walks and look left and right and then
    left again!

#3: Save the candy counting for later.
Never count your candy when you're trick or treating. Just like
that good old Kenny Rogers song says, "There will be time
enough for counting, when the dealings done."  Kenny offers
another valuable tip: "Every gambler knows that the secret to
surviving is knowing what to throw away and knowing what to
keep... "
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