I don’t know about you, but I have so many awesome memories of Halloween as a kid. I’d run home from school, beg my mom to put my costume on right away, and then she’d do my makeup – something I always looked forward to since that was the only time of year I was allowed to wear lipstick.
Then we’d go trick or treating for hours and it was always a competition between my sister and I to see who could gather the most candy. Once we got home, we’d look through each of our candy stashes and then we’d do a candy swap. She didn’t like Butterfinger and I didn’t like Reese’s. It always worked out for the both of us.
Now that I have a baby girl of my own, though, I can’t wait to establish some new Halloween traditions as a family. This will be Riley’s first Halloween, so we’ll definitely be taking her trick-or-treating and having a great time celebrating the holiday.
That being said, the super paranoid mama in me wants to make sure that we all stay safe this Halloween, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share a few important reminders.
Here are 7 tips for a safe and sweet Halloween – tips you ought to follow for some spooky-good fun!
1. CHOOSE YOUR COSTUMES WISELY
One of the best parts of Halloween is dressing up in a costume and playing pretend for the night. I’m actually in the process of convincing Joe to be Peter Pan so Riley can be Tinkerbell and I’m like 80% sure it’s a done deal at this point. How stinkin’ cute would that be?!
Regardless of how cute and cool some of these costumes are, though, when selecting your Halloween costume, there are a few things you ought to keep in mind for safety reasons.
Look for flame-resistant costumes, try to avoid using a mask whenever possible, and use reflective tape on costumes with dark colors so that you and your kiddos are easily seen. You’ll also want to avoid wearing high heels if you’ll be walking a lot to avoid tripping over things, and if a costume calls for accessories like a knife or a sword, make sure they’re always made out of soft and flexible materials to prevent any kind of accidental injury. BTW, if you’re thinking about making your own costume this year, be sure to check out this list of safety rules, too. #3 is super important.
2. TRICK OR TREAT IN FAMILIAR NEIGHBORHOODS
If you’ll be trick-or-treating this Halloween, it’s best to do so in a familiar neighborhood. Make sure that these neighborhoods are properly lit with lots of street lights and also make sure that the neighborhoods are open to trick-or-treaters in the first place. We’ve always had the most fun in neighborhoods that our family and friends live in as opposed to walking around random places we know nothing about. This year our neighborhood association will actually be putting together a huge block party for the whole community and I can’t wait to take Riley there. I’m sure it’ll be a great time and a safe way to celebrate the holiday.
3. EXAMINE ALL OF YOUR CANDY
I used to hate it when my mom would take my candy bag and inspect all my candy before I ate it, but now I appreciate the fact that she was trying to keep me safe. No matter how old you or your children are, examine all of your candy before eating it. Eat only factory-wrapped candies that don’t appear to have been opened before, and as nice as it is for people to make homemade treats, you might want to consider avoiding those unless you know the person who actually made them. Also, if you’re thinking about handing out something other than candy, here are 4 non-candy Halloween treats you can have ready for trick-or-treaters.
4. KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE FOR TRICK-OR-TREATERS
As important as it is to stay safe when you’re out and about trick-or-treating yourself, it’s also important to keep your home safe for other trick-or-treaters to avoid any accidents on your property. You’ll want to make sure that your driveway is properly lit and that your yard is clear of any obstacles that might cause someone to trip and fall and/or injure themselves. Believe me, the last thing you want to do on Halloween night is to give anyone a REAL scare.
5. STAY ON THE SIDEWALKS
I get it. Your little one’s excited about getting to the next house to collect some more candy, but they really need to be careful and avoid running in the street. Whenever possible, stay on the sidewalks, away from cars driving by, and whenever there isn’t a sidewalk available, be sure to walk AGAINST the flow of traffic so you can see cars coming your way.
6. BRING A FLASHLIGHT + A PHONE
With all the excitement going on and your kiddos begging you to get out the door as fast as possible, it’s easy to forget the essentials. But whatever you do, don’t leave home without these two things – a flashlight, and a phone. If you’ll be out and about after the sun sets, having a flashlight will help you see a lot clearer after dark, and a phone is always needed so you can call for help in case of an emergency. If you have an older child who’s old enough to trick-or-treat without you, again, make sure they take a phone with them and it’s also a good idea to establish a predetermined route so you’ll have an idea of where to find them.
7. ALWAYS TRAVEL IN A GROUP
Halloween is a lot more fun in a group, anyway, so wherever you go, travel in a group. Like they always say, there’s safety in numbers, and you don’t want to be walking around in the dark all alone.
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