We all know to check the candy before letting the kids chow down (and to monitor them to make sure they don’t eat too much in one sitting), but before they get to the treats, there’s the whole trick-or-treating business to deal with. So before your kiddo makes his or her rounds on the 31st, read these 5 tips for a fun and safe Halloween.
1. Make sure the costume fits. I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but trying on a costume at the store or wearing it at home is a lot different than wearing it walking around the neighborhood…in the dark. One year my son wore a pony as part of his cowboy costume, and although he was fine galloping around the house in it, he was tripping all over the place come time for trick-or-tricking.
2. Wear comfortable shoes. Sure, princesses don’t wear sneakers or Crocs, but if you want your princess to make it through the night without catching a ride on your back, skip the fancy heels. And if you have a swashbuckling pirate or firefighter, avoid the make-you-sweat boots to prevent overheating.
3. And speaking of overheating, no matter how much you adore that hilarious baby hot dog bunting costume, if your neighborhood still hovers in the 80s after the sun goes down, maybe you should think twice. Sometimes practical trumps the cuteness factor, and you can always dress up the stroller!
4. They’re cute for pictures, but skip the accessories for trick-or-treating. You’ll probably end up carrying that fairy wand or knight sword down the road, or worse, your kid will put it down and lose it. Besides, your kid’s loot bag is plenty to carry.
5. Make sure to be seen! Whether your kid carries a flashlight, wears a glow-in-the-dark bracelet or necklace or sports light-up shoes, Halloween night is a night you want to be seen. And if you’re trick-or-treating at the mall during the day, those extra flashing lights will make it easier for you to spot your kid in a crowd.
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