Trick or treat, smell my feet…oh you all know the rest. But you have the idea it’s trick or treating time! Time for loads of candy, treats and a bunch or doorbell rings. Even though some of us are gurus of the trade, it’s good to make sure that our kids have the most fun they can but in the safest ways as possible. So here are some of the dos and don’ts for those of you who may not know and a refresher for those who do.
Helpful Tips for Safe Trick or Treating
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Make a Plan for the Night
Being spontaneous is a wonderful thing but on Halloween night things can get pretty crazy so better safe than sorry. For starters, plan out the route you want your family or group (if you decide to group with friends and relatives) to go. Discuss if you wanted to do an entire neighborhood or just a few houses around the block. Set times for when you plan on gathering together, leaving the house and returning home. Side note, you might want to steer clear of any homes that are not lit they may not be participating in Halloween and try not to trick or treat after 9pm.
The Proper Attire
Of course that includes all of the Halloween costumes, however some substitutions or additions might help out during the night. Give each child a flashlight or have something on that is lit and will be noticeable in the dark. A necklace, light-up shoes, light vest, neon hats etc. Try not to have costumes on own that drag to the ground, this could cause the child to trip and fall. Also, everyone should have on a good pair of walking shoes, if the child’s feet are hurting then you may have to carry them and that is just a back pain you can live without. Also, if you can avoid masks with kids, it will help them to breathe and see better-try using face paint instead.
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Always Check the Candy
Even though it is becoming more and more aware that people are tainting the candy and treats it’s always good to be reminded of. This is a sad area to have to go over but one of the most vital. Check and inspect all of the candy that you child or children receive. See if any pieces have been tampered with or opened. If they look suspicious just throw them away and do this for each bag.
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If You Plan on Staying In
There’s nothing wrong with staying in for the night. If you want you can set up a mini carnival or have a Halloween party for the kids instead. But if you are going to give candy away, be sure your house is lit and if you don’t have bags on top of bags of candy that each trick or treater gets one a piece. Sometimes the kids actually like it better when they pass out the candy not exactly sure if it is because they love the art of giving or if they can smuggle all of the candy they want and control how much others get?
Trick or treating can be so much fun! But just like with any activity there are certain precautions that are helpful when followed during these occasions. Plan the night ahead, travel in groups, wear comfortable and noticeable attire, inspect what you get and there is nothing wrong with staying indoors. Well, Stagetecture readers we have explained some tips for Halloween night but so you have some of your own? Please, let us know.
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