Ready, Set, Carve!
One of the most fun parts of Halloween is, of course, pumpkin carving. The whole family can join in on the fun, but make sure that if children are handling the knives, they are carefully supervised. If you don’t feel comfortable letting them handle sharp objects, use paint to create beautiful and original pumpkins for display.
Skip the candles and go with battery operated lights; it’s safer and will make your pumpkins shine longer.
Keep in mind that not everyone will follow the same advice, so read your children’s Halloween costume to make sure that it is flame-resistant.
Sweet Tooth or Spells…
Let’s face it; one of the best parts of Halloween is the candy. It’s a perfect excuse to indulge…carefully of course, keeping your dental insurance plan in mind!
When distributing candy to the little monsters at your door, keep in mind that some children carry allergies but still want to partake in the fun. As such, to ensure that no one is left out, little treats to distribute like stickers and yo-yos can come in handy.
Whether trick or treating with their friends or with you, make sure to tell your children not to eat any candy before it has been brought home to be inspected. You can never be too safe. Give them a little snack before joining the night’s festivities to keep their temptation intact.
Trick or Treat, Trick or Treat, Give me Something Good to Eat
As much as they may love you, by the time your children reach a certain age, trick-or-treating is an activity they would rather share with their fellow ghouls and not their parents. Before they head out, set some rules to ensure both their entertainment and safety. Make sure that their planned route is in a neighborhood that you are familiar with and trust, and that they are travelling in a group of at least three. Let them know that it is best to head to houses that have Halloween decorations set up, as they are the ones who are joining in on the fun as well. And if that still doesn’t keep your mind at ease, you can always go out in a costume of your own and follow them incognito… it is, after all, the holiday of disguises.
Decorations, What a Creation!
Halloween, with its skeletons and makeshift graveyards, is just as fun for adults as it is for children. Get the whole family involved and set up a friendly competition with your neighbors for the scariest Halloween decorations.
While decorating, make sure not to leave objects on your porch or stairs that could cause trick-or-treaters to trip and fall, as it could cause a big liability for you if they get hurt.