Halloween is right around the corner on October 31, and to make your quest for the sweetest treats on the streets a successful one, here are some Tips for Successful Trick-or-Treating. This is a list of helpful information to keep in mind to keep everyone safe, and also make sure you get the most out of your trick-or-treating experience.
Keep Your Children Informed
Before you depart for a night of fun, make sure you educate your child on important information that he or she may need to know. If they don’t know already, have them memorize their address and your phone number. Since it gets dark so much earlier, and neighborhoods are packed with children, this may help them get reconnected with their family if they are lost. Putting the information on a note in their pocket, or writing it on their hand is not a bad idea either, especially in more crowded areas.
Make sure your children know not to go inside the houses of people they don’t know, and they stay on the sidewalks at all times. Having them prepared ahead of time with this information is very important for their safety.
Check for Teal Pumpkins
If you have a child with food allergies, look for houses with a teal pumpkin on their porch. This is part of the Teal Pumpkin Project showing houses that are offering treats for children that do not contain any allergens or non-food treats. These houses may be giving alternatives to Halloween candies, such as stickers, pencils, Halloween toys, bubbles, etc. Many children all around the world suffer from allergies, and this gives them a chance to join in on the Halloween fun without all the candies that are dangerous to their health.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Lights: Make sure you’re prepared with plenty of lighting, especially if you have small children who are afraid of the dark. Giving them a flashlight to use on the sidewalk, or even adding reflective tape onto their costume will help light the path in front of them and also help them be seen by other people and cars on the road.
Camera: Be sure to take plenty of photos! It’s not every day that we can eat truckloads of candy dressed up as super heroes, and these are memories we will want to remember.
Action: So you child doesn’t miss any of the action, consider swapping out the facemask on a costume for some face paint. This way they can always see where they are walking and they won’t have or cause any accidents.
Always Check the Candy
When you get home and are ready to cash in on the loot from trick-or-treating, be sure to check over all the candy that your children collect. Discard anything that is homemade (unless you know where it came from) and anything that is opened. You’ll also want to look for anything containing ingredients that your child can’t eat and anything that looks damaged. Better to be safe than sorry!