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Pro/Con: Is trick-or-treating safe?

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Oct. 27, 2013 at 5:27 a.m.


Trick-or-treating is a long-standing American tradition of costumed, door-to-door candy solicitation.

But in recent years, children have been trick-or-treating in a more controlled manner.

Gone are the days of knocking on the doors of strangers or walking unfamiliar streets without parental supervision.

Instead, many of today's parents are opting to take their children around to familiar neighborhoods and to the doors of known neighbors.

Others are abstaining from trick-or-treating altogether or escorting their child to harvest festivals or church trick-or-treating events to prevent child abduction, injury and inadvertent candy poisoning.

But are parents being too overprotective about Halloween these days? Or is the old-fashioned trick-or-treating method safe?

PRO: No evidence of more sadism, sex crimes during Halloween

CON: Children 4 times as likely to be hit by car during holiday

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