A NICE family is going to ludicrous lengths to ensure Halloween is safe, healthy and educational.
Donna and Clive Sheridan plan to expand their children’s knowledge of ancient traditions while keeping them safe from threats including paedophiles and childhood obesity.
Teacher Donna said: “We’re allowing the children to go trick-or-treating on the condition that we go with them to enforce our agreed three-sweets-only limit.
“There’s been a family meeting about costumes, during which it was decided that our teenage daughter will not be allowed to buy a ‘demon nurse’ outfit and will be going as a druid high priestess instead.
“We don’t want to contribute to the child obesity epidemic, so I’ve made a fruit platter for any trick-or-treaters who come to our house. I’m sure they’ll prefer a tasty lychee to horrible mass-produced milk chocolate.
“My husband Clive has been reading up on Halloween, so throughout the evening he will be sharing interesting facts with us, such as Halloween’s possible origins in the Gaelic festival of Samhain.”
Other preparations have included the purchase of safe, battery-powered Halloween lanterns and a rule that ‘tricks’ will be restricted to saying ‘Woo, woo, the ghosts will get you’ from the top of people’s driveways.