At KiwiCo, we’re huge fans of Halloween! The fun of the season brings out the creativity in all of us here. But since many of us are parents too, we love to find ways to make sure Halloween is fun, a little spooky, AND safe. We hope you’ll find this roundup of ideas helpful!
1) Sign a Halloween Trick-or-Treating Contract
A couple of basic guidelines go a long way! On this wonderful night of sugar madness, keep your kids safe with a trick-or-treating agreement. Review the guidelines as a family, and have each trick-or-treater sign. Once the night is over, they can pay for any offenses with candy. We’ve created one you can try, or just use it as inspiration!
2) Create a Safe Trick-or-Treating Plan
To stay safe, make sure you have a trick-or-treating plan. You can use Google or a hand-drawn map to chart out the candy course for the night. Review it with parents and kids, so that everyone is on the same page. This is especially important for kids 12+ that may be going out alone.
When you are planning your route, make sure you plot it based on other adults in the neighborhood your kids know, and which spots are well lit. More adult supervision and lighting is never a bad idea! If you are unsure about the lighting, just take a quick run or drive around your neighborhood at night to see which are too dark.
3) Be Easy to Spot
Have all adults wear something that’s easy for kids to see, like reflective tape, so they know they are part of your trick-or-treating group. The dark streets and scary costumes can be overwhelming, especially for young kids, so use reflective or glow-in-the-dark items to make them feel a little safer.
Also, be sure the trick-or-treaters are well lit! Making tin lanterns is a fun way for kids to create their own Halloween-safe identifier. The tin lantern will help you spot your own kids in the gaggle of trick-or-treaters and can serve as a home decoration when not being used.
4) Clear Trip Hazards for Trick-or-Treaters
Before the big night, make sure bikes, yard tools, and any other potential hazards are removed to create a clear path for trick-or-treaters.
The layers of Halloween decorations meant to spook trick-or-treaters can also be trip hazards. Make sure you create a clear path through the spooky decor and light up your house! For a cleaner approach to Halloween decor, you can try these fun and low-mess monster doors.
If you have a trickster adult in your mix (the one who hides in trees or pretends to be a scarecrow every year), please make sure the path is clear for the moment of spook! You don’t want your trick-or-treater to trip over decor, and fall off the front steps.
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5) Stay Healthy with Spooky Snacks
We all know that Halloween is all about candy, but there are a few ways you can stay (kind of) healthy. Eat healthy snacks right before you go trick-or-treating, so kids aren’t facing a bagful of candy on an empty stomach. Try a few Halloween-inspired treats from Lunchbox Dad do the trick! Also, check out these great tips from our friends at Fatherly who share some Common Sense Tips for Handling Halloween’s Sugar Tsunami.
Image from Lunchbox Dad
6) Make Sure Your Costume is Safe
You want to make sure those costumes are safe. Masks can obstruct the vision of little ones (not to mention, be really scary for younger siblings who won’t know who’s inside) – so try face painting or headbands instead! And if you’re not a face painting or a sewing pro, don’t despair. You can let your kids be the artist, and invite them to illustrate (on paper) what they want their costume design to be.
We wish you a safe & spooky Halloween!