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364 days of the year we tell our kids, 'Don't take candy from strangers!' And then on Halloween we send them out to take candy from every stranger they can find. And we call our children confusing!
Halloween can be fun, exciting and a whole lot safer if you review some Halloween safety tips and prepare a bit before they go out:
1. NEVER eat candy until your parents have had a chance to look at it.
2. Stay with a big group (preferably including an adult!). Stress the importance of not splitting up (if 'Johnny' is cold and wants to go home, EVERYONE should walk him home before continuing to trick or treat). Just in case your child ends up being 'Johnny', let the children know before they go out that when the group returns safely with your child, there will be an extra special treat waiting for them (make it worth their while to stick together!)
3. Obey traffic laws, don't run out between parked cars, stay on the sidewalk, don't take shortcuts through back alleys or parking lots!
4. If your children are going out alone (without an adult), designate a route together before they leave.
5. NEVER enter a stranger's house. They may have THE COOLEST haunted house and THE COOLEST candy on the block, but they are still strangers. TALK TO YOUR KIDS about this! If the child absolutely must see the house, let them know that you would be willing to accompany them later in the evening. Or, better yet, many companies, zoos, etc have started putting on haunted houses the day or two before Halloween' attend one with your children to get it out of their system.
6. Only visit houses that have lights on. Not everyone enjoys Halloween' talk about and respect the differences in people's views!
7. Wear a bright costume. If your costume is not bright enough (or even if you think it is!), put some reflective tape on the back and front. This can be done in a way that goes well with the costume'
' in the shape of a bat for batman, a witch or a vampire,
' as an outlined fringe on a cape
' as moon shapes for a witch or a wizard.
' in a skull and crossbones shape for a pirate.
8. Don't wear masks -- use makeup instead. If the costume comes with a mask and the child MUST wear it, have them put it on top of their head (like a hat). They can then bow their heads to show the mask.
9. For those of you in colder climates (like us), make sure you think of the season when you are making or buying the costume!
Hats and mittens are a must (http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/_hcostume.html
) has a lot of costume ideas with baseball caps' these can be easily
modified to use winter hats.
Cloaks can be used instead of the capes that come with
store bought costumes. They're
VERY simple to make (they have to be... I can't sew *grin*) and can be made
with fleece or other warm fabric. I
highly recommend adding them to any cold weather costume!!
CLICK HERE for directions
on how to make them
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