When heading out with the kids, trick-or-treating is much more fun when you can do it in a group. Round up some friends and acquaintances and plan an outing. Here are a few guidelines to keep the group activity fun and safe.
Start the bash with an informal potluck at your place, inviting your kids' friends along with their parents. All you have to do is serve up a big pot of chili and maybe some hot dogs, and ask your guests to bring sides. That way, the kids are less inclined to fill their bellies with treats when they get home.
Be seen: Apply reflective tape on the sides of costumes, accessories and treat bags. Also, carry flashlights or light-up Halloween-themed handheld lights.
Safe crossing:Cross the street as a group. Don’t cross between cars or in the middle of the street. Make sure to use intersections.
Stay supervised: When you head out to gather treats, make sure there’s ample adult supervision so no one gets separated from the group. Just in case it happens, it’s a good idea to pack a spare mobile phone with your child so they can call you.
Opt for makeup: If you can, convince the kiddos to skip the mask and talk them into a great makeup job instead. Masks get hot and uncomfortable after a while, and more importantly, they can interfere with your child’s vision and lead to an injury. Find an online tutorial that shows you how to achieve a dramatic look at home. With practice, the costume and make up can look even better than a mask!
No samples: Don’t sample treats on the road. To be on the safe side, wait to enjoy the treats until you get home. This is especially true if you have children with food allergies. Look for the Teal Pumpkin and know that the house offers a non-edible alternative.
Next, find out when kids are ready to Trick-or-Treat Alone and tips to follow when they do.