Once a child is old enough to make the connection between Halloween and candy, it automatically becomes their favorite holiday. Hailey has been talking about Halloween for so long. She is excited about wearing her costume and all month her school has been preparing her for this fun-filled day.
What more could a kid ask for? They dress up as their favorite characters, meet up with friends or family, and walk around the neighborhood to collect candy. Trick-or-treating is such an awesome way to put a smile on our kids’ faces and it can be such an amazing family day.
This year Hailey is going trick-or-treating at school. They are taking them around the classrooms to collect some treats. I think it’s so cool that they do that because it’s such a safe way to enjoy the day. As I think about us taking the kids trick-or-treating later in the day, I want to make sure we are being safe.
Unfortunately, Halloween can be a dangerous holiday and if we are not careful, someone can get hurt. Most parents work and the kids are in school during the day. With everyone being so busy, it can be easy to forget about the small details of this day.
Here are 6 tips to help you and your family stay safe while trick-or-treating this year.
The Buddy System
Whether you are going with your family or by yourself, make sure you have other people joining you in the festivities. If you have children, they would love the company of other kids. It’s never a good idea to go out by yourself and definitely not on Halloween night. There are people out there who want to pull pranks or maybe want to actually hurt others so we should always be in a large group. We don’t want to be a walking target. Instead, we want to have a buddy with us so that we can blend in with the rest of the groups that are trick-or-treating.
Plan Your Route
Get together with friends prior to going out and make a plan. Know exactly where you are going and do your research. Many trick-or-treaters don’t stay in their neighborhoods. It’s okay to venture out but do your research about the other neighborhoods. Once you have planned out your route, let someone know. If something were to happen, someone at least knows where you were headed.
Grab Something to Eat
This is important for the little ones. We definitely don’t want to send our kids out trick-or-treating on an empty stomach. They will want to eat all the candy and when you get back home, their tummies will be full from all the treats. Trick-or-treating starts at 4 for us so we will probably do a healthy snack before leaving and have dinner once we get back. For those of you who are leaving a bit later, I recommend having dinner first. You will thank me later!
Before heading out the door, make sure you check the weather. Around the time that trick-or-treating starts the temperature tends to drop. We are in Wisconsin so I know it’s going to be a cold one. Therefore, I will layer up my babies before heading out. If you are somewhere warm, make sure you are wearing loose clothing and staying cool throughout the evening. Make sure costumes are appropriate for the weather as well.
Shine and Remain Alert
Depending on the weather and the time of day that you choose to go out, you may need to carry a flashlight and some reflectors. We decided to buy some glow in the dark wands for the kids so that we could see them. We also want to remain alert throughout this time with our family. There will be many people out and it can be easy for a child to get lost. Our children are very small so we will be bringing a stroller to keep a close eye on them.
Check the Candy
You’ve probably heard this one way too many times but it’s important. We do not know what goes on behind closed doors. Our neighbors may seem sweet and loving but we never know what is really happening in their homes. Unfortunately, not everyone has good intentions. Therefore, protecting ourselves and our families should be our priority. So take the extra five minutes to look over the candy!
Finally, make sure to use these tips and enjoy this time with family and friends. Let us know how your family stays safe while trick-or-treating this year.
From our family to yours – Happy Halloween!