Halloween is such a fun time of the year. It’s a great reason to get together with friends, family and neighbors. And, of course, trick-or-treat!
While Halloween costumes may be scary, there’s no need to be frightened by trick-or-treating. By following some basic precautions, you will help to ensure that Halloween is a safe and fun experience for everyone involved.
Here are a few quick guidelines for both trick-or-treating and handing out treats from your home.
Trick-or-Treat Tips for Your Children
>> Eat dinner before going out to collect treats. The kids will be less hungry for candy, and you’ll have more time to inspect their treats.
>> Always inspect each treat before it is eaten.
>> For young children, choose soft candy that will not get stuck in their throat. Also, encourage them to walk instead of run – especially if children are sampling treats along the way.
>> Control the amount of candy children eat after trick-or-treating. Children would love to eat all the treats in one sitting, but you will be doing them a big favor by limiting the amount.
>> Choose the size of the treat bag according to the size and age of your children. Provide small bags for the young children and larger bags for the older children.
>> If you have young children, visit a small geographic area for treats. Only choose area(s) that you consider safe.
>> Always go with children. Safety first. Besides, adults can have just as much fun as the kids. You can dress up, too! If you have older children who will be out alone, set a time when they need to be home.
Trick-or-Treat Tips if You Are Giving Out Treats
>> Select candy that is individually wrapped.
>> Inspect each treat that you give out. Be sure that each treat is tightly wrapped with no holes.
>> Have a variety of treats for children of various ages. Vary the treats among the children.
>> Greet children with a fun sign that lets them know you’re home and passing out candy.
>> You can dress up, but don’t choose a costume that’s too scary for your youngest visitors.
>> If you prepare homemade treats for children and families you know, deliver them personally to their homes. That way, their parents will know who the treats are from.
Most people already know approximately how many trick-or-treaters will show up at their door. However, if you are in new a neighborhood, ask your neighbors for an estimate so that you are adequately prepared.
Have a happy and safe Halloween!