Halloween safety tips for kids
On a night of smiling jack-o-lanterns and glowing ghouls, safety for kids and families begins with preparations made at home before it’s time to venture out and be spooked by neighbors. There are plenty of fast and easy ways to get ready for the holiday at the same stores you shop at year-round.
Light the way
Much of the mood setting for Halloween night may have to do with the lighting – or lack thereof. Trick-or-treaters need help getting from house to house in the dark. Stores like Ace Hardware are well stocked when it comes to preparing the family with flashlights and the right-sized batteries to power them.
And while keeping a good light focused ahead is important for seeing, equally important is the ability to be seen by others. Costumes with bright colors are more likely to be picked up by the car and street lights illuminating the people traffic that evening. Gap Kids may not specialize in pre-packaged costume ideas, but with a little creativity, their clothing options can be accessorized into something both festive and more easily visible.
There’s a safety advantage for today’s Halloween participants that wasn’t as easily available a decade or so ago. Cell phones and the family share plans that many carriers now offer are a way to stay connected throughout the year, but keeping updated on whereabouts and plan changes is critical for a night of fun, not worry, come October 31. The first of holiday season sales from providers like T-Mobile and Verizon make this month a good time to consider package or phone upgrades that can be split between family members.
Keeping it festive at home
Halloween can go beyond candy collection with plenty of festivities planned for home. Consider creating a party around the theme of a holiday-inspired flick from Blockbuster’s catalog, or hosting a night of games based on one of the classics or spinoffs from Boardgames.com. The great thing about annual holiday traditions is families get to make them their own by starting and adding to them over time.