Halloween is soon upon us and seems to be growing in popularity each year. In some suburbs it can feel as big as Christmas, with households making huge efforts to decorate their houses with terrifying (not terrifying) themes. This makes the eve of Halloween great fun when you venture out trick or treating. Plus, kids get extremely excited about the prospect of being allowed to accept lollies from anyone who’s handing them out. Parents, on the other hand, are programmed to see catastrophic danger in most situations (the joys of being older and wiser). Ok, maybe not catastrophic danger but certainly danger. To help alleviate some of the worry, we’ve put together some tips on how to have a fun and safe Halloween with the kids.
Halloween food allergies
It’s important to be aware of food allergies, as a trick or treater and as a treat giver. Sadly, the reality is that so many children suffer from food allergies, but the scariest at this time is a peanut or nut allergy. But don’t fear, there are several steps you can undertake to ensure that your child’s trick or treating experience is still enjoyable:
Choose your costumes wisely
We can all get a bit carried away with the idea and sometimes forget the practicality. After all, our kids have actually got to walk around in the costumes, crossing roads, looking out for cars, or removing themselves from any situation they may feel uncomfortable in. With this in mind there are a few tips to think of when deciding on their costume:
Trick or treating safely
To most kids, this is the meaning of Halloween and the cause of the most excitement. Let’s face it, no-one really opts for a trick which means….CANDY!!! An endless supply to fill their little pumpkin buckets. It’s every kid’s dream and every parent’s nightmare. I mean the thought of your children running around in the evening, pumped up full of sugar. Should we just go away for the week and pretend it’s not happening??
Unfortunately, we’ll probably just have to suck it up and get involved. With this in mind, there are some things we can think about to keep it safe:
Article contributed by Blossom Costumes, one of Australia's leading online costume retailers.