When my kids were really small, they loved the thought of trick or treating (CANDY, right?!) but not heading out into the dark with all of the other monstrous or gory costumes. Trick or treating doesn’t have to be scary! There are a few ways you can ensure that your family will have a safe and memorable Halloween, filled with lots of laughter, ghoulish goodies and the perfect amount of light on their paths.
Plan a trick-or-treat route ahead of time. Create a route that avoids major intersections, but does have safe crosswalks and sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, be sure to walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Always look both ways before crossing any street. Ask friends where they take their children, and maybe make a plan to go together so everyone will have a buddy, including mom. Because after the first ten houses, moms get a little cranky about the sugared up kids running through the neighborhood ignoring their parents (certainly not me though, asking for a friend, lol). We need buddies too!
Find new ways to celebrate the holiday. Seek out neighborhood “trunk-or-treats” as alternatives to traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating. These events are great for younger children or in neighborhoods that might be difficult to navigate on Halloween night. If you’d rather not go door to door to stranger’s houses, you can always go to the mall. Most stores give out candy on Halloween. The mall option also ensures that you’ll stay safe, warm, and dry, no matter what the weather.
Keep a portable light on hand (or head). As the sun sets, you don’t want to be caught in the dark. Energizer portable lights ensure you’re ready to hit the streets on Halloween night:
- Energizer® LED 2 in 1 light Fusion Flashlights – Compact and versatile, Energizer Light Fusion Technology products are convenient, water resistant and provide impressively bright long lasting light—easily seen by drivers and other pedestrians.
- Headlights – Powerful Energizer LED headlights are lightweight and convenient – perfect for keeping hands free. That way, you may hold your child’s hand, while their other clutches the ever-important candy container. The headlight can even add to or be a part of a costume! My kids also love these for reading in bed and so many other activities. These are practically used daily.
Pick the right costume. Choose lightly colored costumes, while avoiding head-to-toe dark selections. Make sure the costume fits properly and shoes are comfortable. If possible, avoid masks and opt for face paint so that vision is not impaired. You can find a makeup tutorial for just about every costume you can imagine on Pinterest. Also consider the weather in your area when choosing a costume. A sleeveless costume will have to be covered up by a coat in the colder states. If that’s the case, you may want to opt for attending or hosting a Halloween party instead of going trick or treating, or choose warm costumes.
Walk, don’t run. Take your time and walk; don’t run from house to house on Halloween night. Use Energizer portable lights to be aware of decorations or other obstructions in yard and on sidewalks to avoid trips and falls. Also remember that there are hundreds of children running through the street. When driving to and from your trick or treating destination, be aware that it’s highly likely that a little ghost or goblin will run in front of your car. Be especially vigilant about paying attention and drive slowly.
Be selective. Only visit well-lit houses and avoid stopping at dark houses. Remind your children to stay in groups and never accept rides from strangers or enter homes without a parent or guardian. You’ll want to also make sure your house is secure while you’re out. The Halloween pranksters will be out in full force, so be sure to turn on your alarm if you have one and lock all of your doors. There’s a little bit of a Catch 22 about leaving the outside light on. On the one hand, it’s safer to come home to a lit doorway, especially on Halloween. On the other hand, a light at the entrance to a home signals that you’re open for trick or treaters. Some people like to leave a small bowl of candy on the step for children to take from. You’ll have to decide for yourself what’s best depending on your neighborhood and how long you plan to be out.
Charge your devices. Make sure to charge cell phone and ensure that your flashlight has fresh batteries. Energizer® MAX® with Power Seal Technology is long-lasting and no leaks guaranteed*. Use your cell phone for necessary communications (and adorable photos), otherwise keep it in a purse or pocket to avoid distractions. *Or they will replace your device. See www.energizer.com/guarantee.
Last, but definitely not least. Check each piece of candy, and then check it again. Look for openings in the seams of wrappers, candy that has Christmas themed wrappers on it (there’s no way to tell if it’s from last Christmas or was just purchased for the coming one), and anything that is not individually wrapped, and then throw it in the garbage. If you happen to get apples or oranges, you should probably throw them out too if you don’t know where they came from.
Trick or treating is a really fun tradition if it’s done safely, and it’s a holiday that will always make great memories. Be smart, safe, and take lots of pictures! Happy Halloween!
How old were your kids when you started trick-or-treating? Did you have a plan or did you just wing it?