Halloween is a time of year most children look forward to long before it arrives. Kids can hardly contain their excitement as they decide on a costume and look forward to Trick-or-Treating. Here are some quick reminders to help ensure you and your children have a safe, fun Halloween!
Some neighborhoods get in the Halloween spirit by “booing” several weeks before Halloween. “Booing” consists of children taping a letter to a neighbor’s door along with a bag of candy and/or Halloween-themed surprise, ringing the doorbell and hiding as they watch their neighbor open the door and find the surprise. That neighbor then has to continue the “booing” trend with another neighbor, and so on.
There are endless choices when it comes to Halloween costumes. Be sure to pick a costume that your child will be comfortable in and can walk in easily. If the weather is cool, dress your child in an extra layer of thin clothing, long underwear underneath the costume, or a light jacket. It can be tricky to plan for the weather; just try to avoid having your child in a heavy, cumbersome outfit that might be too hot. Local party stores, discount retailers and department stores have a good selection of costumes. Check the stores early for the most choices and sizes. Or, you can make your child’s costume simply by pulling together items from around the house and using face paint for added creativity.
Safety is of utmost concern on Halloween. Remind your child of these basic safety precautions before Trick-or-Treating:
- Stay with an adult or group at all times.
- Look both ways before crossing a street.
- Say, “Trick-or-Treat” and “Thank you” at every house.
- Only go to houses where the front porch light is on.
- Do not talk to strangers.
- Bring a flashlight or glow stick/necklace.
Have a fun, safe and spooky Halloween!
My boys are pictured on right from 2013 Halloween. AMO is proud to write for North Fulton Family Life. This article may be found in their October issue out now.