Hocus Pocus! Drugs Aren’t My Focus!

You know what season it is? It’s spooky season! Fall is one of my favorite seasons not only for the beautiful colors, pumpkin/apple flavored everything, and comfy clothing, but it’s also a time to dress up and pass out candy to cute kids in “scary” costumes. I personally like to pass out nontoxic glow sticks so the children can have something a little different, and I just really think glow sticks are cool. Halloween can be plenty of fun, but it’s also important to be safe. If you’re planning on going Trick-or-Treating or taking your child or children, make sure to check your candy before eating it. An article written by Partnership for Drug-Free Kids stated, “Officers in Hapeville, Georgia seized pills in the shape of Hello Kitty, Homer Simpson and the Minions from Despicable Me that a child might mistake for sweet and sour candy, USA Today reports”.  Here is the link if you’re interested in reading it – https://drugfree.org/learn/drug-and-alcohol-news/police-warn-parents-about-drugs-that-look-like-candy-in-advance-of-halloween/

Halloween can also be a holiday associated with drug and alcohol use. There are plenty of substance free alternative activities you can participate in during the fall season. There’s so many I’ll go ahead and give you my top ten favorite things to do during the fall right now.

  1. Go to a fall festival! There’s yummy food, fun games, and cute things to buy.
  2. Make homemade caramel apples. It can be fun for the whole family to help out.
  3. Have a Halloween movie marathon (scary or family friendly).
  4. Decorate for fall/Halloween. My front porch, every room in my house, and my office is in the fall spirit!
  5. Stock up on your favorite fall scented candles. Your nose will thank you.
  6. Visit a haunted house. Some of my favorite memories with friends were our annual haunted house trips when I was in middle school, high school, and college.
  7. Go on a hike. The weather is getting cooler, and the leaves are changing so it’s the perfect atmosphere!
  8. Go to your favorite team’s football tailgate! (Go Falcons! #RiseUp)
  9. Drink apple cider or anything pumpkin spice flavored.
  10. Carve or paint a pumpkin! I’m not really good at it, but that’s why they have stencils.

There are plenty of ways to have a sober, fun filled autumn. The list could go on and on. I encourage you to create a fall bucket list full of entertaining activities. Let us know what things you plan to do by tagging us on Facebook (@GeorgiaMethProject), Twitter (@GaPrevention), Instagram (@GaPrevention), or send a us a Snapchat (@GaPrevention).

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