1. I encourage my kids to be themselves...except on Halloween.
2. I encourage my kids to not talk to strangers, take candy from strangers, or go near a stranger's house...except on Halloween.
3. I encourage my kids to make healthy eating choices and not gorge themselves on sugary sweets and chocolate...except on Halloween.
4. I hear myself saying, "Don't be scared of the man dressed in black carrying a bloody sickle"...only on Halloween.
This is but a short list of a few things that I'm doing that are probably permanently scaring and confusing my children.