Halloween Hoarding and Survival

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

How preppers can have a happy and safe
Halloween
Halloween is fun and here's how to make it safe too...

#1: Keep costumes safe and visible.
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.

    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!

  • 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. 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
    safety.
  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... "


















#4: No scary clown costumes.
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
anyways.

#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 areas.

Don't allow your kids to wear 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.

#6: 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.

#7: 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
candies:
  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
    chocolates.
  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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