“The time has come,” the walrus said. Or in my case… Snow white. I have pulled out the costumes, pressed my own, gathered the bags, and purchased the glow in the dark necklaces, as well as contained my own excitement until this very moment. It’s Halloween Eve! It’s almost here I can almost taste the incredible amount of excitement, and smell the distant sugar crash from a mile away!
All of the parents out there have probably been thinking where they are going to be taking their little ones, some may have already had their first Halloween festivity at a harvest party. Which I must admit I’m heading out in a couple hours for. So I’m going to make this quick! Safety Tips!!!
Eat a meal or a snack! To avoid your kiddos from eating too much candy and getting sick, it may help to fill their tummies first.
Light them up! It is handy to be able to see kiddos, since many of them will be trick-or-treating in the dark. Flash lights, shoes that light up, reflective tape, glow in the dark necklaces or bracelets. Or if you are incredibly talented check out this adorable tot costume.
Where are you going to go? You will save a whole lot of time and have less whining if you know where you are going to go trick-or-treating and which route you’ll take in doing so. Of course your location may change based off of how old your child is, but try to think of places in advance. Also check out to see if there will be any events, stores, communities that have several spots for trick-or-treaters to go.
Shoes, shoes, shoes! No one likes sore feet. No matter how much a certain pair of shoes compliments a costume, people need to remember that they have to walk… A LOT! So try to wear something comfortable.
Costumes Do’s and Don’ts
- Make sure your little one will be comfortable and warm
- Put name and phone number on the inside, encase your child gets away from you
- Make sure props are short and flexible so they don’t poke other kiddos
- Make sure costume are flame retardant
- Be aware of whether or not your kiddos costume is bathroom friendly.
- Check that makeup on your child’s arm, to make sure that it doesn’t cause rash before applying to their face
- Be careful that masks don’t block airway
- If your child is wearing a mask, see how well they can see in it. Sometimes their vision is limited. If so make sure that you are by them when crossing roads, and explain to them that they need to be extra careful.
- Try to avoid really dark colors, especially if your child is old enough to go out on their own. They may not be seen very easily, so take precautions so that they will be.
Look out for the little ones around you. This one is not one that everyone may think about right off the bat. However, it is just as important as the other tips! A harvest party we attended last night, there was one little four year old who ran out the door and about fifty feet from the door and three feet from the road as we and another party got him to stop. Thank goodness he listened. If you are in a busy area, it can be real easy for a little one to run through a crowded sidewalk, but not so easy for his or her parent. It can also mean that a child can separate from their parent or chaperon and get lost and afraid. So if you see a child unattended and looking for help, do what you would hope someone would do for your child.
Candy inspection… Parents favorite part! Yes we tend to like this part, the kids might not, but it is important. There have always been tales of tainted candy and in most cases most parents have not found any funny business in the Halloween bags. However, just make sure that the candy looks like it hasn’t been tampered with (discoloration, pinholes, or tears), and that the wrapping appears to be made commercially. Candy that is intended for very small children should have gum, peanuts, hard candy, and small toys removed.
We hoped these tips helped, and that you all have lots of fun! Happy Halloween Discover! Friends!