Watch Your Children on Halloween Night

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

I was sitting here reminiscing about Halloween night, 40 long years ago in 1969.  Believe it or not, we had just moved into a new home, a few days prior to close of escrow.  Our real estate agent came unexpectedly to our home, just as my little boy (then aged 4) was dressed and ready to go out trick or treating.  While we were a bit distracted with the agent, and were signing some last minute papers, the doorbell continued to ring as children in the neighborhood came to perform their ritualistic trick or treating.

When it was all over and the agent left, I looked for my son, who was nowhere in the house to be found.  I panicked as I realized he must have slipped out the door with other trick or treaters, while the business of buying our home was going on.

We managed to find him several blocks away, standing on a street corner, a little upset - a whole lot lost, but had a bag full of candy.

It is important to watch your children Halloween night.  It's a different world than it was 40 years ago. . . Just be cautious!


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Donna Shuman
Florida Wholesale Realty Corp - Oviedo, FL
REALTOR - Marketing for Richard Shuman -

I can't imagine the panic you must have felt.

It really is a different world. Whether it's because there are a lot more sick people out there now, or with all the technology, we hear about everything immediately after it happens. Regardless the reason, it's a scary world we live in.

On Halloween, as well as every other day, be aware. Be aware of your surroundings and your child's, but most importantly spend time talking with them. It's amazing how much they hear when they pretend they're not listening.

Oct 19, 2009 12:28 PM #4
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

That was a scary night and you are right.  It is a different world today.

Oct 19, 2009 01:14 PM #5
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Correct...I have small grandchildren..that are so precious to us..We will  be very careful.


Oct 19, 2009 01:15 PM #6
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Oh my gosh, I would be panic sticken, poor little guy I bet he was upset.  I miss seeing the trick or treaters , we don't get any where we live, and that was always a part of Halloween, I really enjoyed.

Oct 19, 2009 02:19 PM #7
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate

Hi Myrl, How scary!  He must have been terrified but the bag of candy was somewhat of a consolation for him.  Glad all turned out well that night.  Does he remember it?

Oct 19, 2009 02:59 PM #8
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

Good advice, you just can't be too careful where little kiddos are concerned!

Oct 19, 2009 03:16 PM #9
Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS
Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN - Murphy, NC
Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA

It was a different world back then for us too. It was such fun getting together with family and all the kids in the neighborhood and filling pillowcases with candy! Now, no children even come to homes in our area, but the town has all the stores open and certain houses on a route for the kids. Subdivisions block of streets for the kids and churches have harvest festivals too. Still fun, but not like it was in the good old days. Great reminder to keep an eye out - so easy to get distracted.

Oct 19, 2009 03:28 PM #10
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Myrl, I would have been terrified....even years ago.  When my children were small I'd go with them to get some candy and check every piece and then either have their friends over or go out to eat to keep them off the streets.

Oct 19, 2009 03:34 PM #11
Sharon & Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette, IN - Lafayette, IN
West Lafayette homes for sale

Thanks for the reminder to us all, Myrl!  How terrified you must have been discovering that your son had slipped out in all the confusion. 

Oct 20, 2009 12:00 AM #12
Steve Merson
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX

Hi Myrl,

Well, I'm glad the story had a happy ending but how right you are about the world being a different place today!


Oct 20, 2009 01:34 AM #13
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I bet you long for the days when we could eat homemade cookies or carmel-covered apples without worrying. But things are what they are nowadays, and using caution is so important. Not just on Halloween but every day. I could not imagine being a kid today. Which kinda makes me sound like an old fart, doesn't it? :)

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Oct 20, 2009 02:55 AM #14
Sharon Senger
tcDocs - Seattle, WA
Licensed Transaction Coordinator

Hi Myrl,

So glad your story had a happy ending.  It is a sad fact that parents do have to be cautious but that said have a fun Halloween.

Best wishes


Oct 20, 2009 03:01 AM #15
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Sandy - Yes, it really is too bad. . .I long for the days when we were kids riding bicycles without helmets, and safely playing on sidewalks without the specters of today's world looming large.

Michael - Costumes add a whole different dimension to Halloween. . .The ole "smoke and mirrors" thing.

Donna - I often wonder, is the world more sick, or is it because the media calls attention to what is actually been happening all along.

Mary - Believe it or not, he was only mildly upset. . .But then, he had a Snickers in one hand, a Baby Ruth in the other, and I believe was chomping on a Tootsie Roll at the time.  Kids can somethimes be easily soothed:-)

Shirley - Yes, he remembers it vividly, even though it's been 40 years.  The other day he was relieving some of the nuances of that evening.  How the bigger kids kind of looked after him for a time, until they needed to head in another direction.

Lee and Carol - I remember experiences similar to whay you write about too.

Carole - I can imagine that Halloween in New York City would be a whole different experience.

Steve - It absolutely is.  No questiona about that!

Elizabeth - Oh, I do "long for the days we could eath homemade cookies or carmel-covered apples without worrying"  Now it's not only the Halloween night perils that come with that activity, it's the god awful fear of CALORIES:-)

Oct 20, 2009 03:25 AM #16
Marilyn Harrell
ReMax Riverhaven - Beaverton, MI
Wixom Lake - Beaverton MI

Very important message, thanks for sharing!

Oct 20, 2009 05:21 AM #17
Laura Gray
RE/MAX Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD

Myrl - Very sage advice , You were very lucky your find your son on that corner , I am sure in this day & age the odds would have been alot lower

Oct 20, 2009 07:18 AM #18
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Myrl, a full bag of candy any way you look at it is GOOD.

Oct 20, 2009 03:22 PM #19
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

New neighborhood easy to get lost for a little kid, but for parents easy to lose a kid on that night. All the kids in costumes, there could be 10 kids who are all wearing the same costume, it is dark, it can make it tough to tell which child is yours. I agree, be careful, it is a very different world.

Todd Clark -

Oct 21, 2009 06:52 AM #20
Jenny Kotulak
RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc., Brokerage - Oakville, ON
Broker - Oakville Ontario Real Estate

OMG Myrl you must have been so scared.  We "lost" our 4 yr old once when we were in a shopping mall in Buffalo.  I think I was screaming out his name and I found him calmly standing in the mall.  Even to this day 21 years later nothing fazes him. 

I actually just wrote a post about my past halloweens.  I have to add some photos and will post tonight.

Oct 21, 2009 07:48 AM #21
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

What a scarey story.  Thank goodness he was fine and you located him quickly.  Important post especially after everything that has been in the news this week.


Oct 24, 2009 08:09 AM #22
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I was a sophomore at Texas A&M University when Dr. Ronald Clark O'Bryan of Houston laced his children's Pixy Stix with potassium cyanide, killing his young son Timothy. Halloween has never been the same for me, or for millions of other people. Have fun, but be safe.

Oct 28, 2009 07:58 PM #23
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