It’s almost here! Kids (and even most adults) love the night we get to dress up, go door to door for some Trick or Treat fun. Here are some tips to get you and your kids through the Halloween night, while having a great stress-free time with friends and family.
Go in a group of friends. Plan to go in a group with neighbors and/or mom friends. Each year, we go with a group of moms (dads can come too) but it’s mainly us moms and all the kids. We walk around with a mug of cider (or what have you) and help keep an eye on each others children as we enjoy being out together. Seriously, this is one of my favorite nights watching the kid’s eyes light up as they get their goodies and we get to gab it up.
GET SOME WHEELS
If you have a child in a stroller. You’re golden. But if you, like myself have kids that are too big for a stroller, then pull a wagon. This has been one of our best ideas. We all know those candy bags will soon be bulky or heavy or worse, the handle rips! Throw it in the wagon. Also, if it’s chilly throw an extra layer or coat in there. Rain in the forecast? Throw an umbrella in. How about an extra flashlight, lantern or glow sticks? All good things to put into your wagon!
No one wants to carry those items. So throw them all in and the parents can take turns pulling it along. One year, by end of the night, we had two of our kids in there as well, because they were tired of walking! Bring the wagon!
LEAVE EXTRA ACCESSORIES AT HOME
Sure, you have a wagon and can carry extra things but do you really want to? Try to leave the extra costume accessories at home. The sword or pitch fork does look super cool for a picture in full gear but when walking all around, it just gets heavy and/or the kids are hitting each other with them. Take the picture and then leave the extra accessories at home!
I make my kids wear a glow stick necklace. I like the sticks that have the lanyard hole at the top and they usually come with a black string to create a necklace. Even my tween who insists he doesn’t need it, must put it on as in our neighborhood. There aren’t any streetlights and it gets really dark especially as the night wears on and those homes that run out of candy start shutting off their outside lights.
Also, there are usually a bunch of kids walking in our neighborhood. Not only can I help ensure my kids are safe on Halloween night, but I can also easily pick out which child is mine when they are all in a group and rushing house to house.
Wearing a glow stick means not only will I be able to better keep track of my child but so won’t cars that are driving by.
GET A NEIGHBOR TO HELP
If you are walking around, give your bowl of candy to a neighbor and have them give it out for you. We all know what happens when you leave a bowl of candy on the door step and tell kids “just take one!” Right, like that happens. Then either leave a sign that says ‘See next door’, the neighbor can let people know, or leave your porch lights off.
SAFETY RULES TO TELL YOUR KIDS
- Stay together. We’re all excited to get to the next house, but running like crazy kids isn’t going to be fun for the parents or the little kids. Everyone needs to stay together or at the very least, have a friend/bigger sibling right with them.
- You should always be able to see me and I should always be able to see you.
- Don’t go in anyone’s home even if we know them. Some homes turn theirs into a haunted house. Never go in without your mom or dad by your side or ask permission first.
- Don’t walk in the street. Even though it’s Halloween, cars will be using the road. Find a sidewalk and stay on it. When it’s time to cross, we’ll do it together.
- Wear a glow stick or a couple!
- Only visit homes that have front porch lights on.
- We only go trick or treating during designated town hours.
- Don’t eat any candy unless you check with your mom or dad first.
- Go together – always go with a friend/parent/sibling up to a. door.
- If your tween is old enough to go off on their own with a friend, use your discretion and you may also want to have a designated time and spot for you all to meet up at.
Halloween is so much fun for kids and it can be for adults as well. Plan ahead with your friends/family as to where you will be meeting up and walk together. You can help watch their children and they help watch yours. You get company to walk with and it makes the evening even more fun. Happy Halloween!
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