Halloween is just around the corner. My neighborhood in Brooklyn boasts whimsically adorned homes. My daughter and I explore all of the intricate Halloween decorations on our walk to school every day. Our favorite is this one very “scary” home right down the block. Life sized skeletons dance in the front yard, carved pumpkins line the staircase and there’s even a sign that counts down to Halloween itself. It’s a very fun and interactive way to get people excited about Halloween.
Because I’m always all about safety first, I put together some easy tips to promote a safe and most of all, happy Halloween.
Wear A Comfy Costume
Luckily, my daughter isn’t too extravagant when it comes to her Halloween costume. I stay away from masks because they may hinder her from seeing well. I also take caution when it comes to Halloween makeup. Always test the stuff out first. You don’t want your little one breaking out in a rash. I always try to purchase something that I can later with clothes under, in case it gets chilly. Comfort is key to a smooth trick-or-treating adventure. That goes for us parents too!
Eat Before You Trick or Treat
Think of trick-or-treating as if you were going to the supermarket on an empty stomach. Yea… Not such a great idea. Bring snacks along too. Apples, grapes, and granola bars work wonders!
Know The Way, Light The Way
Stick to trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood. It’s safe to know your surroundings, where you are, who has a dog, who doesn’t. Because I’m a working mom, our trick-or-treating time usual happens in the afternoon or evening. Have your little one carry a flashlight when trick-or-treating. It’s not only cool but it will help avoid a stumble or fall.
Inspect ALL Candy
I grew up in the 90’s and I’ve heard scary stories when it came to inspecting candy. From razor blades to poison, even. Evil exists and you can never be too careful. Better safe than sorry!
Carve With Care
Surprisingly enough, many children get hurt while carving pumpkins around this time of year. Your best bet is to carve the pumpkin for your kids. Encourage them to draw/trace the designs instead. Better yet, decorating pumpkins with glitter, paint and stickers is just as fun.
What are some of your Halloween tips?