One of America's favorite days to dress up is just around the corner! Halloween will undoubtedly be filled with ghastly ghouls and goblins on the search for a treasure trove of candy. Here's a list of tips to ensure the safety of kids and adults participating in the trick-or-treat festivities of the evening.
1. Get some teal pumpkins.
According to the Food Allergy Research & Education organization, teal pumpkins are a way to bring awareness to food allergies and promotes the inclusion of all trick-or-treaters. Anyone participating in the giving out of candy would just need to place a teal pumpkin on their house to "indicate you have non-food treats available."
2. Wear bright costumes.
Especially good for those who will be waiting until the late evening to participate in trick-or-treating. Bright colors will keep children visible and in the eyesight of drivers who might be in the same vicinity.
3. Plan your routes.
Kids might be less likely to pay attention to their surroundings while they're hunting for sweets. Parents, if they're not chaperoning their kids, should plan out paths in advance to guarantee they won't get lost going from door to door.
4. Check the candy.
Candy that isn't in its original wrapper should be thrown away immediately.
5. Watch those flames!
Flame-resistant costumes should certainly be on the top of the list when it comes to costume choices. As pumpkin heads and luminaries tend to use fire for light, it'll ensure kids don't inadvertently turn into the Human Torch.
6. Try face paints.
Masks can be harder to manage and obstruct the vision of children. Try face painting and other makeup routines, which are just as fun and less likely to impair the sight of children.
7. Groups are better.
Going out for trick-or-treating is rarely a solo event, for good reason. Walking around by yourself in the middle of the night is generally not a good idea. Find a group of people who are all participating in the festivities and join up for some group fun!