Halloween is just around the corner and with the growing excitement of dressing up and trick or treating, it is important to take a minute and ensure you and your kids will be safe. Below are a few tips that will ensure your spooky night is filled with fun and less fright.
Make sure your little zombies, super heroes, vampires, and princesses have costumes that fit well. Clothing that is too big may become difficult to move in and potentially cause falls. Be sure to check the labels to ensure the fabric is flame resistant. Lastly, be sure everyone has on comfy shoes. You don’t want to have the night end early because Cinderella no longer wants to wear her heels!
Plan your Route
Planning your trick-or-treating route in advance will not only help you navigate the crowed neighborhood, but it will also set expectations for your children and the duration of the event. Knowing the neighborhood is important as well. If you don’t plan on trick-or-treating on your street, be sure to check out the neighborhood you wish to walk in the day time first so you can plan your route. Give older children going without adult supervision a curfew and discuss the planned route.
Also, make sure your group can see and be seen while out on the streets and sidewalks. Many accidents happen on Halloween involving drivers who didn’t see children in the road. Add reflective take or fabric to your child’s costume. Use flashlights to light the path and avoid possible spills. Be sure to only go to homes that have their porch lights on.
Check the Candy
may be tempting to indulge on a few treats while walking the neighborhood, wait until you get home and can thoroughly inspect the pirate’s booty. Check for candy that looks like the wrapping was tampered with or not in its original wrapping. Peace of mind will be well worth the moans and groans from your little ghosts!
Not interested in trick-or-treating in your neighborhood? Check out the local zoo’s, museums, and malls. These venues often host Halloween events geared towards families and are lots of fun for everyone.