Halloween is right around the corner, and your little ones are eagerly anticipating dressing up, trick-or-treating door-to-door and accumulating a large stash of candy. Read on for ideas on decorating, devising the perfect candy route and tips for keeping your kids safe.
If you’re having a few guys and ghouls over for a spooky celebration, it’s all about the decorations to get everyone in a witchy mood. Of course, you’ll already have pumpkins on your front stoop and spider webs galore, but try some other tips to get the party started:
- Fill antique-looking bottles with colorful liquids and put your “potions” around the party area.
- Get tall white candles and melt red crayon wax over the tops.
- String skeleton or caged lights along the walls for extra light.
- Use a mannequin hand or fill a plastic glove with sand and put the “human hand” in the candy bowl.
- Find dead flowers and assemble them in vases around the areas guests will be frequenting.
- Rummage through the basement to find any antiques that will match the Halloween décor. Think antique scales, lamps and vases for a quick haunted house makeover.
Plan your candy route ahead of time
If your kids’ number one goal this year is to get the biggest candy stash, you need a great route strategy. Not only will figuring one out win you “cool mom” points but you can also feel comfortable knowing they have a planned route.
- If you were living in the same neighborhood last year, have your kids think back on the houses that gave out the best candy in heaping amounts.
- Print out a map of your neighborhood and circle the houses you have to hit, question mark the ones that had so-so but acceptable candy and put “x’s” over the houses the kids are eager to skip this year. Prioritize accordingly.
- Choose a deep trick-or-treating bag with handles that your kids can carry without assistance. Check to make sure your bag can hold all the candy the kids will surely be receiving, and that there are no visible tears or rips.
- The recipe for getting an extra treat: say “please,” stay in character and have a clever costume.
- Lastly, go early. Goodies won’t last forever and the best treats go fast.
Make safety a priority
Before your kids hit the streets in search of treats, read these tips to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and safe Halloween:
- Make sure your kids carry a glow stick or flashlight and wear bright or reflective clothing.
- Always use crosswalks. Never cross streets between parked vehicles or diagonally across intersections.
- Make sure your kids don’t go inside strangers’ homes.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone by going with a friend or in a group. Younger children should be accompanied by a trusted adult.
- Check all candy before allowing your kids to eat them. Parents, discard any homemade or unwrapped treats.
- Only trick-or-treat at houses where the lights are on.
- While driving through your neighborhoods, use extra care and drive slowly!
- Be sure to arm your children with the React Sidekick safety device and app so you can keep track of them in real-time and so they have a way to call for help with the touch of a button.
We want everyone to have a great time this Halloween so be sure to stay safe and aware! Check out our React Sidekick event from 10/23/2015 to 10/25/2015 to ensure you and your family have a safe Halloween.