One of the best parts of celebrating Halloween is welcoming adorable “trick-or-treating” kids. To make it the best night for everyone, there are several things you can do to be a safe, fun house for those special guests:
- Make sure your house is well-lit and free of trip hazards. If you plan to give out treats, make sure your home has plenty of lighting so that children and parents or caretakers can see a clear path with no tripping hazards. Many costumes make it difficult to see, especially things on the ground.
- Keep any decorating fun and “spooky” but not startling or too frightening. Most of your guests will be children, from toddlers to elementary. While some adults consider it funny to have a ghost or witch jump out on a motion detector, this can be traumatizing for a little one. If you do have these kinds of decorations, post a fun sign that allows parents to choose if your home is the right place to visit or not. A silly-phrased warning that spooks might be lurking can make things more fun for everyone.
- As intriguing as it may be, avoid using fire. While it’s important to make sure your lawn or entryways have enough light, using jack-o-lanterns or luminaries with flames can be risky. Most costumes have feathers, wings, veils, long sleeves or trailing robes that young children might not carefully manage. Battery-powered lights or strings of twinklers could be better options.
- Keep pets safely away from the door. Not every child grows up around pets and may not be able to handle an excited puppy. Many small children are afraid of larger animals, too. Not to mention, that your pet will be confused and excited about all these new guests and might react differently than you expect. It’s best to keep both your pets, and your trick-or-treaters, comfortable and safe by keeping each other apart on this special night.
- Finally, it is important to consider children that have nut or other food allergies as you plan your fun. Consider being a house that gives creative treats to kids with food-born allergies. Every child deserves to enjoy a special Halloween night, and for children with allergies many of the treats they get are ones they cannot keep. You can even identify your home as a safe place for kids with allergies to visit by participating in The Teal Pumpkin Project. Check out this link to learn more and get your house ready. If you are unable to get the sticker to place on your door, just create a teal-colored pumpkin to tape to your door or window. You can even paint a small pumpkin this color to set on the porch or sidewalk. Here’s some quick suggestions for items to offer as treats in place of candy. . .
- Sticky Hands
- Rubber Balls
- Halloween Erasers
- Restaurant Coupons
- Glow-in-the-Dark Accessories
- Halloween Pencils
- Temporary Tattoos
- Spider Rings
Find out more about The Teal Pumpkin Project here: https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project
What ideas have you used to have a super safe and fun Halloween? If you’re taking your kids trick-or-treating, what kinds of things would you like to see at the houses you visit to know your family will have a great time?