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Fall is here and my second favorite holiday, Halloween, is right around the corner! E and Aric are excited about all of the festivities that come with the holiday. They’re looking forward to the parades, parties and of course, trick or treating! When it comes to trick or treating, there are a few rules that we live by. As parents of young children, ages two and six, we want them to be happy but also safe. Here are some of my tips for trick or treating with young children!
Tips for Trick or Treating with Young Children!
Plan ahead and be prepared!
Plan where you’re going to take your kids trick or treating ahead of the big day. Make sure the area is well lit in the evening and has clear sidewalks for your children to walk on. Bring a flashlight just in case. You also want to make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. On a cooler Halloween day you can have your child wear a long sleeve shirt under his or her costume.
Pick a costume that’s safe!
Pick a costume for your child that they can move around in and see out of. Instead of a mask, you may want to opt for face paint. Steer clear of costumes long in length because children can easily trip up on long costumes or ones with long pieces such as a tail. If your little one’s costume does touch the ground, take a safety pin and pin it up. This way there are no parts dragging on the ground!
And of course, make sure to go through your child’s candy!
I’m sure this is something most parents do but the big question is usually what to look for. Obviously you’re going to want to keep an eye out for candy that looks like it may have been opened or tampered with. You’re also going to want to remove any candy that has been repackaged. Although homemade treats are lovely, those are usually the first we toss.
With young children, you want to avoid giving candy to your child completely. Last year, E opted to give her treats to the Switch Witch who in return, left her a toy. Google “Switch Witch” to learn more about this new tradition! Another option is to donate your child’s candy to a local dental office. Some dentists pay by the pound and will donate candy they receive to the military.
Looking for more Halloween safety tips? The Allstate blog has a great Halloween Safety Guide which includes Halloween Safety Tips for Kids and Teens. I found the post titled Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters, Drivers and Homeowners very informative!
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