Halloween is arguably most kids’ favorite day, as they get to wear cool and scary costumes, dressing up as their favorite characters and going around the neighborhood asking for candy. Many of us might have fond memories of going trick-or-treating in our childhood, but as parents, we might have a different take on this day. That’s why we have gathered some essential Halloween tips for parents to keep in mind and make sure we make the most out of this popular celebration.
Carving Pumpkin Decorations
One of the most common and fun Halloween traditions is carving pumpkin decorations for our homes. However, handling sharp knives can’t be quite dangerous if we don’t do it with care, especially when we have little kids at home wanting to help and join the fun. Therefore, we might want to look for safer carving alternatives, like having little children decorate pumpkins with markers, paint, glitter, and any other art supply they like, while the adults are in charge of carving. Also, instead of lighting pumpkins with candles, we should look for battery-operated flameless candles, flashlights, or glowing sticks.
Choosing Costumes Wisely
When it comes to choosing costumes, we should consider some safety tips in order to keep any possible risk at bay. For example, opting for bright costumes is a great way to help us keep an eye on them while trick-or-treating without getting in the way of their fun, especially if they will be outdoors after dark. Choosing the right size is also important; if it is chilly outside, they would be able to wear warm clothes underneath, but if the costume is too long, they could trip over and miss out on the fun.
The best part about Halloween besides the cool and scary costumes is going out in the neighborhood and getting free candy. Nonetheless, before letting our kids go trick-or-treating, we should always go over certain safety rules. First of all, if our children are 12 or younger, we might want to go out with them, without being too invasive, of course. Setting some ground rules beforehand like an established route, setting a curfew, and only approaching clearly lit houses can help our kids stay safe and avoid any kind of risk. Once they’re back, don’t forget to inspect the treats your kids got before they can eat them.
Keeping Your Home Front Safe and Sweet
If we are planning on staying home and receiving trick-or-treaters, there are some safety aspects we need to keep in mind, too. To begin with, we must make sure we clean up our entryway and put away any tripping hazards, including garden hoses, bikes, toys, and any fragile decorations. Also, we should turn our lights on and replace any burned-out bulbs so that we ensure visibility at the walkway and front door. If we have pets, we should consider keeping them inside, especially if they tend to get nervous or aggressive around other people or crowds. This way, our pets won’t have to suffer from unnecessary stress, and trick-or-treaters won’t be scared of knocking on your door.