1. Try costumes on well ahead of time. A scraped up hand or knee is no way to start your child's night of fun and fantasy, so to avoid tripping accidents be sure to check that costumes fit properly and do not drag the ground. Give yourself plenty of time to hem or tape up extra long dresses or pant legs.
2. Be aware of your child's accessories. Make sure mask eye holes are big enough for your child to see clearly out of. And don't be afraid to make holes bigger or cut extra holes for their mouth and nose, should there not be any. Better yet, try to opt for non-toxic face paint instead of a mask when you can.
Also, be aware of swords, sabers, sticks, etc. that go along with your child's costume. Make sure they are flexible and without pointed edges, so they can't harm your child or other trick or treaters.
3. Wear comfortable shoes! Lots of walking takes place on the spookiest holiday of the year, and nothing can make the night go from one of fun to one of fits faster than sore feet. Try to let kids wear their princess heels or clown shoes around the house before they leave, then put on sneakers or flats before trick or treating begins.
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4. Use crosswalks! There is never a more important time to avoid jay walking than during Halloween, when so many cars and kids are on the road. Only cross the street at crosswalks or corners, and make sure kids know not to cross between parked cars. Let this be a great opportunity to further teach your young one the importance of looking both ways before crossing the street.
5. Have a handy flashlight! This way your child stays both visible to drivers and other tricker treaters and can avoid tripping over any items left in yards, such as hoses or rakes. Check out Fright Night Flashlight, with its brightly-lit orange beam, or B-Lit, a crafty handsfree gadget that attaches to your child's costume or treat bag, for unique ways to make sure your kids stay well lit while also having fun!
6. Track your trick or treater. Make sure you always know where your costumed character is, even if you lose sight of them. Take a look at the Toddler Tag Locator by Brickhouse, for one easy option to consider for keeping up with your child. Furthermore, the Trick or Tracker application for your phone is also another way to make sure you know your child's whereabouts at all times.
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7. Know what your child is eating. Before you let your kids dig in to their loot, make sure you go through it first. Look to ensure that all candy is still in its original wrapping and has not been opened. Also, be sure to avoid any homemade treats given by folks you don't know.
8. Serve a big dinner. Keep your witches and warlocks from going into a candy coma by feeding them a big, fulfilling dinner before trick or treating. Think about making their favorite dish, so they are more apt to eat a large portion. Hopefully this will help curb at least some of their candy cravings!
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9. Treat bags matter. Although your child may beg for the the light-up pumpkin trick or treat container, be sure to select one that is lightweight and not too long. Keep in mind candy is going to weigh down any bag, so it's important they have something their little bodies can carry around easily. A backpack is a great alternative to a candy bag.
10. Have a plan...and stick to it! Make sure to plan out a route that gives your child plenty of time to trick or treat, but then wraps up with plenty of time left for he or she to unwind. Even the best superheros and warrior princesses needed a good night's rest after a fun night out!