Halloween is right around the corner on October 31st, 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. If you don’t have a child with food allergies but would like to participate for other trick-or-treaters, put a teal pumpkin on your porch. This is part of the Teal Pumpkin Project which shows houses that are offering treats for children that are non-food treats, or allergen-free. These houses may be giving alternatives to Halloween candy, such as stickers, glow sticks, bubbles, and more. Many children suffer from allergies and this gives them a chance to join in on the Halloween fun without all the candy that could be dangerous to their health.
Lights, Camera, Action!
Lights: Make sure you’re prepared with plenty of lighting for your home and your kids. Don’t forget to turn your porch light on, and some first floor lights so that trick-or-treaters know they are welcome. For your kids, send them with a flashlight just in case they are scared of the dark. If you believe your street isn’t well lit, consider adding reflective tape to the back of their costume. You should also consider doing that if you’ll be trick-or-treating on a busy road. This will help your kids be better seen by cars and other pedestrians.
Camera: Be sure to take lots of photos! You’ll never look back and wish you took less, but often times will look back and wish you took more. Let’s not let the opportunity slip away! Something fun to do is take the same picture on your front stoop each year before sending the kiddos off to trick-or-treat. Then, once they’ve “aged-out” you can compile them in a scrapbook. Or, never “age-out” and check out our blog called Too old to trick-or-treat? Think again. (link 3).
Action: So your 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 what’s going on around them. We want to avoid any boo-boos!
Always Check the Candy
Once you’ve arrived home, before eating any candy be sure to check it over. Discard anything that is homemade (unless you know where it came from) and anything that has already been opened. Also, if you know your child has any allergies be sure to check all labels to make sure they can eat what they collected. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
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