Nothing would haunt you more than if your little monsters had a lousy time on Halloween after all the work you've put into it. So be safe and have fun with these 10 tips to make sure your holiday is a spooky good one!
Avoid Unsafe Costumes
Going all out in a time when we've had to stay in is terrific! But to make sure our littlest trick-or-treaters are safe, avoid pointy outfits or sharp props. Test all your accessories before leaving the house and ensure they can be held or stored safely while walking.
Always Walk, Never Run
Your tiny terror is sure to be bursting with joy and bouncing all over the place. Just remember to reinforce walking everywhere and never running. When crossing intersections or busy streets and areas with large groups, walk or hold hands, so no one gets separated.
Avoid Homemade Treats
Trusting your neighbor's baked goods and special treats is one thing, but generally, accepting them from strangers may not be so sweet. Outside of potential allergens for sensitive children, there's just no proper way of knowing all the ingredients or steps involved to make. Better safe than sorry!
Find Face Masks That Match Your Costume
When social distancing is a no-go, like with lots of kids in costumes along the same path, masks are helpful to everyone safe. But keeping them on or even finding ones your children want to wear can be tricky. See if you can't find colors or themes that better suit their chosen costumes. You can remind them that their look isn't complete without their mask as an incentive.
It can be hard to stay seen among mood lighting, strobes, fog, and darkness, even in your costumes. Easy ways to keep in sight include reflective tape on sections of your outfit and carrying flashlights or glow sticks. These additions also beef up your ensemble with "special effects."
Social Distance Where Possible
Teach the importance of giving others space to trick or treat. Everyone has their own experience, and sometimes that means enjoying things at a different pace or understanding, like with first-time trick-or-treaters.
Plan Potty Breaks
It's inevitable; someone is going to need to go. Try to find areas where public restrooms or port-o-potties are available for use to avoid rushing through your evening that only comes once a year.
Be Aware of Special Needs
If you happen to see blue pumpkins for carrying candy, the trick-or-treater may be autistic or non-verbal. Sensory overload is also possible for toddlers and young children. Remember to be patient and kind throughout your night.
Stick to Sidewalks
Even in your neighborhood, it's best to practice sticking to the sidewalks when out and about. Not only for those driving to parties or events but for emergency services as well.
Remove Makeup Promptly
Be sure to take off all props, wigs, and accessories after trick-or-treating, but especially makeup! Not only can it potentially ruin regular fabrics, like bedsheets and nightclothes, but it could also lead to skin irritations and rashes if not adequately removed.
These tips aren't just easy to follow; they help everyone to have the best Halloween possible. Keep them in mind as you enjoy your holiday. From everyone at Mia Belle Girls, have a hauntingly Happy Halloween!