Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year! I love seeing all the kids dressed up, running around and having fun! Of course, kids love it because they get to dress up and get free candy! Who could complain about that?! Have you ever had something go awry or off schedule while you've been out trick or treating? I know I sure have! Use these tips to be fully prepared and ready for going out for trick or treating this year!
1. Dress Warm: The end of October tends to get pretty cold these days so be sure to dress warm! I always recommend putting some sort of leggings and long sleeves underneath your kiddo's costume. This way they don't have bulky jackets to worry about, but they will be nice and warm as well!
2. Wear Reflectors: I would definitely recommend putting some sort of reflective device on your kids costumes, this will help to keep track and be safe as it gets dark while you're out and about Trick or Treating! Glow sticks are great (and fun)for this, too!
3. Set up a Plan: In order to save time and be efficient, you should set up a plan for your neighborhood! You can plan out a route of what streets to go down first and how to make it around the neighborhood in the best way to end up back at home.
4. Eat Beforehand: Trick or Treating can be a few hours and you may not be able to get dinner in until late so be sure to grab yourself and the kids a snack before you leave, this will help to hold you over while you walk around.
5. Pick out appropriate Treat Bags: When it comes to picking out a treat bag, I recommend getting a big bag that has handles. If you get the kids the pumpkin buckets, they run out of room quickly. Having a bag with handles makes for easier carrying and they also have room to get plenty of candy!
6. Make a Survival Kit: Carry a back pack that contains things you may need if something goes wrong! Pick up a flash light in case you encounter a dark area with few street lights, bring along a couple of ponchos or an umbrella in case of rain, and you could even bring a couple of jackets in case their layers aren't enough and they still get cold. Also, be sure to bring a first aid kit.
7. Take a Nap: Once again, Trick or Treating can be a bit long and the kids may get to bed late so have them take a nap before you head out so they are nice and refreshed for their long walk.
8. Check the Weather: In order to make your survival kit for emergencies, be sure to check the weather! Check out just how cold the temperatures are going to get and to make sure it is not going to rain or anything!
9. Wear Comfortable Shoes: I can't stress this point enough, be sure to wear comfortable shoes!!!! Like I've said previously, you will be walking a lot so in order to avoid painful feet make sure to wear comfortable shoes. I would also recommend double layering the socks to keep them comfy and warm as well!
10. Teach Your Kids About Safety: Be sure to give your kids a bit of a short lesson about Trick or Treating before you head out! Make sure they know not to go with any strangers anywhere, don't run in between each house and not to run into the street, make sure they stay close to the adults, and also teach them not to eat any candy until you have checked it for any tampering that may have occurred.
These tips will be really helpful for you this Halloween! Remember to get out there and have fun, but most of all… Be safe!