The stores have begun to stock plump pumpkins, scary costumes, and loads of candy. It’s October. We’re only a few weeks away from Halloween.

Some of my neighbors have started to decorate their houses with fake spider webs and an assortment of jack-o-lanterns, inflatable witches, ghosts — and skeletons dangle from front yard trees.

But Halloween is only three days before the election.

And this is no ordinary election, where we will vote on differences of opinions when it comes to taxes or the national deficit. White supremacist groups all over America have threatened to take up arms in the event that President Trump loses his bid for re-election.

White Supremacist Will Target Minorities

Obviously, being white supremacists, they will choose minorities as the targets of their retribution.

After the president, when asked to publicly denounce the white supremacist group known as The Proud Boys, instead said to the group, “Stand back, and stand by,” the group responded with the message, “Standing by, sir!”

So Halloween is probably too dangerous this year, especially for African Americans and Latinos. The militias will be out hunting human prey.

Black and Latino parents walking neighborhood streets at night with smiling, costumed children, carrying bags of candy, would be easy targets. This will probably be the best opportunity for these racist groups to attack. If they walk up to a house and ring the doorbell, everyone will open the door for them, since people will be expecting children to come for candy.

A Racist with a Gun Only Needs You to Open the Door

They only need you to come to the door, smiling, carrying the big bowl where you usually keep the chocolates and the suckers and candy bars.

They will leave all of the sweets scattered over your floor after the trigger is pulled.

Your family might see you laying in a pool of blood, and think it is a prank. And you can’t very well greet children dressed as superheroes, ghosts, and cartoon characters while holding a gun.

So Halloween is just not worth taking the chance this year.

It’s not safe for all of us

It’s a sad realization to come to, but it’s true.

You might go to a party or go bar hopping.

And in the middle of the night, you would likely find yourself having had more than a few drinks, waiting for an Uber on a night when everyone you see will be disguised.

It would be too easy for them to remove you from the list of likely voters.

Not everyone has the privilege of dismissing the president’s threats

We know The Proud Boys are not the only racists who are standing by for the president’s orders. So greetings of “Happy Halloween” should be replaced with “Stay safe,” or more appropriately, “Stay ready.”

More than four million Americans have voted so far, and militia groups have already begun showing up at polling places, yelling racial slurs, and flying confederate flags.

These groups are usually heavily armed.

And the police lack the power or the willingness to do anything about them.

The precautions or the chances you take might determine life or death for you or your family.

We will have to ask ourselves if a bag full of candy or a great costume party is worth the risk. Or should you turn off the porch light to let everyone know that you are not taking part in

Halloween this year? Maybe you should buy your own candy, and invite a few friends over so you will know that the children will be safe.

It’s sad to think that it has come to this. It is sad, but not as sad as a funeral. It’s not as sad as buying small caskets. It’s not as sad as tears that have no end. It’s not as sad as realizing that a father or a mother, laying in a doorway with candy and blood everywhere, is not playing a prank, but dying.

Be safe. Stay ready.