Halloween takes place on a Saturday this year – and parents and kids are rejoicing! It means more time to carve pumpkins, plan a party, prep the treats and get the kids ready to go out. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get ready for Saturday.
Safety first! Some tips to keep your family safe on October 31:
- Choose costumes that can be worn over warm clothing, but are not baggy enough to trip over.
- Pick brightly coloured costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.
- Use make-up or face paint instead of masks. Improperly fitted masks can interfere with your child’s vision or breathing. If you do choose a mask, make sure it fits properly and allows them to see and breathe properly.
- Let children draw a face or design on the pumpkin and then have an adult carve it.
- Candles, jack-o-lanterns, lighters and matches are fire hazards. Instead of candles, consider using a small flashlight, battery candle or glow stick to light your jack-o-lantern.
- Make your home safe for ghouls and goblins by removing objects around the outside of your house that could cause children to trip or fall. Turn on your outside lights so that children know they can visit.
- Go trick or treating with your children each year until they are old enough to go with a friend. When they are old enough, make sure they go with a friend or in a group, and know the routes they will be taking. You can also follow along at a distance to keep an eye on them.
- Tell your children to walk, not run, from house to house on the same side of the road, and to stay on the sidewalk or at the side of the road facing traffic.
- Advise your children to stay in well-lit areas and only visit homes that have their outside lights turned on. Make sure they know never to go inside homes or cars.
- Remind your children not to eat any goodies until you have looked them over. Throw out any treats that are not commercially wrapped, have loose or torn wrappers or have holes in the wrappers. If you suspect tampering with any of the treats, notify the police.
- You might want to consider an alternative to sugar-based treats, like sugarless gum. Stickers, pencils or Play-Doh can be a nice replacement for traditional treats. The Teal Pumpkin project lets kids with food allergies know they can get a safe item while trick or treating.
Now, onto the fun stuff!:
- To get a break from the sugary treats, check out the healthy Halloween treat recipes from the Food Network.
- Do-it-yourself decoration ideas make it easy to get your house Halloween-ready!
- Here are some Halloween ‘hacks’ to for decorating, pumpkin-carving and making your house look ghoulish.
- Need a last-minute costume idea – and a cheap one? Check out these cute homemade Halloween costumes made from cardboard.