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Halloween tips for parents and homeowners

 

October 22, 2013



What To Do With The Kids® is not only the website that parents go to when they want to know what to do with their kids but also a popular place to visit when planning your Halloween festivities. The fun can be found at http://www.whattodowiththekids.com.

Our Halloween collection includes tips on how to create a haunted house, throw a spooktacular Halloween party featuring party invitations and Halloween crafts to entertain the kids. The kids can have their faces painted easily with a simple yet creative design and your jack-o-lantern will be the envy of the neighborhood when using one of our unique pumpkin stencils.

We have also developed two separate trick or treat tip sheets for parents taking their kids out and for the homeowners who hand out the goodies.

Here are a few tips that will hopefully prepare parents for make the evening fun for everyone.

• Encourage the kids to use facial make up instead of a mask. • Spend the extra dollar and purchase quality make-up. You don’t want your kid to have that same look weeks later. • If possible, design the costume to accommodate a sweater or even a jacket underneath depending on the weather. • Carry extra bags to dump candy in so the kids don’t get overly tired. • If you have more than one kid to supervise, try bringing a wagon or cart to unload the candy in as they go door to door. • If you’re taking other kids with you, set out the rules before you leave and make sure they understand. • Instruct the kids to stay with you and off the lawns and out of the gardens.

Remind the kids to say thank you, even if they get crappy candy. Be prepared to carry their props after a while. • Inspect all candy when you get home. Throw away homemade, unwrapped or open candy.

Let them have one piece of wrapped candy while on the walk as a treat/break. • Bring a flashlight and give them glow sticks to wear. • Don’t let them walk in the middle of the streets. Cars will still travel on roads October 31st. • If the front light is out but they have Halloween decorations, there is a good chance that they have no more candy. • If the lights are out and don’t have any decorations, the people are most likely hiding in the back and have no candy to give. • When the kids go to the door, stay close by and watch carefully. • Set a strict curfew for older kids that go out on their own. • Kids are NEVER to go into the house unless YOU know them. • If you have to drive, slow down more than usual. • Give the kids a snack before they go out. They won’t complain about being hungry and want to eat the candy.

Here are a few tips for homeowners on Halloween: • Keep the path to your door clear of all obstacles and well lit. • Don’t terrorize the kids. It’s all about fun and not making them wet their pants. • Be extremely careful with the candle in your pumpkin so that nothing bursts into flames, including a kid’s costume. Consider using a battery powered light or glow sticks. • Use flashlights, glow sticks or electric lights with the power cord safe and secured. • If you’re going to give candy, give only store bought and wrapped items such as chocolate bars, chips, etc. Loose candy will be thrown out by the parents. • If you’ve spent a lot of time on your Halloween display, you may want to consider putting some sort of SAFE fencing around it so that everyone can enjoy it without it being trampled.

Check out our website whattodowiththekids.com for more tips and special effects.

 

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