Safe Halloween Ideas

By Andrea K. Clark

Halloween is right around the corner and as kids everywhere decide on what their costume will be, their parents are trying to figure out how to keep them safe on Halloween night. Over the years, there have been a number of incidents where children have been harmed by eating tainted candy they received on Halloween. Some children have even been kidnapped on this “fun” night.

It’s sad that there is so much danger nowadays surrounding Halloween. I remember going around the neighborhood Trick-or-Treating with my friends when I was little. My parents didn’t worry about people purposely handing out bad candy or the possibility that I may not return home. However, these are just a couple of the fears parents have to deal with now. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t want to be one of those parents who doesn’t let their kids go Trick-or-Treating because of these issues. Below are some safe Halloween ideas if you also don’t want to see your kids miss out on this fun holiday.

1. Hit the “Trunk-or-Treat” Locations: There are a growing number of organizations around the country that are providing safe Trick-or-Treating experiences for kids. Most of these locations are in the parking lot of a church, school, library or other public building and contain people passing out safe candy from the “trunks” (or “beds”) of their vehicles. There are also a lot of nursing homes that open their doors on Halloween so the residents can see the kids in their costumes and hand out candy. The candy provided is purchased by the nursing home and given to the residents to give out, making it another safe Halloween option.

2. Attend a Carnival: Another great idea is to find a nearby Halloween carnival to take the kids to. Halloween carnivals are fun because in addition to the candy, there are also games to play and rides to ride. Plus, everyone comes in their costumes as there is generally a costume contest!

3. Throw a Party: Finally, why not throw a Halloween Party for your kids? Allow them to invite several of their closest friends for a night of fun. Of course, you will have to have a costume contest, pumpkin carving and a lot of other “Halloween” activities (including at least one scary movie) to keep them busy. You may even want to take them all to a nearby haunted house or to a safe Trick-or-Treating location so they’re able to get in a little bit of “traditional” Halloween fun. Throwing your own party is a great way to ensure your kids have fun on Halloween and stay safe at the same time!

by Kids Formal, home of the flower girl dresses.

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