Halloween is a favorite for children, filled with fun tricks and delicious treats. Parents also enjoy the holiday, although they have to plan a little bit more to ensure that their little one gets the most out of the ghoulishly fun holiday. At TLC Schools, we have put together a few tips to help you and your family have a frightfully good time this Halloween!
Many neighborhoods have a Trick or Treat event that takes place, allowing parents to take their children around from house to house without worry. If you’re planning on going outside of your neighborhood, however, you should plan your route ahead of time and plan carefully.
Texas can still be hot in late October, so consider what you are wearing as a parent (regardless if you’re dressing up or not). You should also be sure to wear appropriate footwear, as you will be doing plenty of walking. Beyond comfort, you should also be plenty hydrated.
Even if your neighborhood offers a community Trick or Treat event, you should still stick to sidewalks while walking around. The sidewalk is always the safest place for pedestrians, and it helps to reinforce this idea for your child. You also never know when a distracted driver might come by, even on Halloween.
Halloween is a great time for children to test their independence. As a parent it’s your job to balance independence and safety. For example, you should walk with your child from house to house, but you can encourage them to walk up to the door and knock by themselves. This gives your child some independence, but with you nearby, you can make sure that your child is safe and sound as they collect their treats.
At the end of the night, it’s important to go through your child’s haul of candy. You should discard any candy that looks tampered with or odd for some reason. While many reports of children’s Halloween candy being tampered with have turned out to be urban legends, it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your child’s safety. Plus, throwing away a few pieces of candy shouldn’t make a difference when it comes to all the treats that your child received!
Halloween is an exciting time for children, and with these tips, it can also be a safe time. Enjoy the holiday and be sure to take plenty of pictures of your child’s costume!