It's almost Halloween!
Which of course is the second best thing to cosplay.
That means it's time to suit up our little ones for a night of Trick or Treating and parties. Halloween falls on a Monday this year, but we won't let that stop us from having a frightfully good time. It's important to talk to your family about Halloween safety before you head out!
Safety goes beyond checking candy and looking both ways before you cross the street.
Taking a few extra precautions will keep your family Trick or Treating safely this Halloween.
We are huge fans of homemade creativity when it comes to costumes. Dressing up the kids in hilarious, terrifying or witty costumes is all part of the fun, but what can we do to make that safer? To protect against trips and falls make sure costumes are fitting properly and not too long for tiny strides from door to door. When possible, opt for makeup instead of masks to ensure your little ones can see properly as they cross the road.
Props of course make the costume, but a realistic sword for your kid's Game of Thrones costume might not be the best option.
Keep weapon props to a minimum, giving them less they need to carry all night. Once they get tired of carrying it, that'll be your job and your new costume will be mom with a sword.
Reflectors, flashing pins and glow sticks are the easiest way to make any costume a little safer. Outfit strollers, treat bags and costumes with some sort of illumination to keep oncoming traffic aware of your group's whereabouts. Sticking glow sticks in those plastic pumpkin treat pails doubles as a really awesome light to guide the path from door to door.
Make sure everyone has a flashlight! Not only will it give a little more visibility to oncoming traffic, but it will definitely help you avoid tripping over the garden gnomes as you walk up to Mrs. Stevenson's front door.
You might not have thought about it too much, but the right footwear for Trick or Treating makes all the difference. If your little girl decided to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, red sparkly heels might seem the most appropriate but we assure you, think again. Whenever possible, opt for shoes that are slip ons or velcro to keep your tiny monsters from tripping over laces all night.
Think comfortable and supportive shoes while you Trick or Treat, appropriate for all terrain.
Candy Inspection Station
Although it's not really common for candy to be physically tampered with, some people just give out candy you wouldn't want your kid to eat.
Inspect candy for packaging tears and expiration dates when possible. If you have a child with severe allergies, it might be a good idea to let them collect the candy and have a swap available at home to trade all the candy they can't eat with some they can. They'll be relieved to not give up any of their precious harvest, and you can be confident there are no allergy risks in their bags.
Your safety is our priority!
Halloween might be the best holiday. It's filled with candy and you can dress up as whatever your heart desires. Just take some extra precautions this year to make sure your little ones stay safe as they hunt for candy.
We won't tell them if you sneak some of their candy.
As long as you save us some.