Last year for Halloween, the girls were a vampire and a vampire ladybug.
This year I’m not buying any new costumes so they have to make do with what we already have.
The oldest is trying to decide if she should be a plain ol’ vampire, a vampire angel, a vampire ghost, a zombie, or a werewolf (notice a theme here?).
The little one has a fairy costume that she thinks is Sleeping Beauty. I’m not going to argue. I have a feeling she will also incorporate vampire into her costume somehow.
My role in Halloween is to apply the makeup, spray the glitter hairspray and make sure they are safe when scaring the daylights out of anyone who dares cross their path.
How am I going to keep the kids safe while trick or treating you ask? Well, I’ll tell you.
Attend local events
Instead of going door to door on Halloween, see if your town/city has local events going on for safe trick or treating. I’ve seen them at malls, churches, shopping centers, etc. This year I’m taking my kids to the Outlets at Legends for their Safe Halloween Trick or Treating event which will have bounce houses and face painting (both of which my kids l.o.v.e.). If you are in the Reno/Sparks area this event is on 10/31 from 5-7pm. You should check it out.
Go in groups
If you are going to go door to door with the kids, have some other people go with you. Ask neighbors, friends, the kids’ friends, family, whoever else you know that might be willing to brave the chilly evenings for the sake of some candy. It’s safer to walk the streets with a group of people than it is with just you and the kids.
Be selective with houses
Don’t go knock on the door of every. single. house. you pass. Before going up to the door, make sure the house is well-light and that they have some Halloween decorations out (such as a carved pumpkin). If the house looks questionable for whatever reason, don’t go to the door. Move on to the next house.
Inspect all candy
My kids hate this part but I never let them eat any candy while we are out trick or treating. They have to dump out their bags when we get home and I inspect every piece of candy before they can have any. Suckers, tootsie rolls, and any other candy that can be easily opened and rewrapped are thrown away. Also, anything that has a rip, tear, or some other problem with the wrapper is in the do not eat pile. (Hint, hint…you can keep the Starbursts for yourself to use in this Starburst Infused Vodka).
This last tip might not make the kids happy but I think safety is more important than happiness so they just have to get over it (I’m such a mean mom). Anyway, masks should not be worn when trick or treating along the streets. Masks can obstruct vision which can lead to all sorts of badness (use your imagination here, you can do it).
One year, my nephew was wearing a mask and since he couldn’t see that well he hit the hitch of a boat nose first, thus ending his trick or treating for the evening. Needless to say there were a ton of tears and a massive headache.
So my friends, there you have it….my 5 tips on how to keep your little vampires safe this spooky holiday.
What will your kids be for Halloween this year and what will you do to ensure their safety?
Psst…on Tuesday, October 30th at 11am PST I will be on News4Forum talking about my safe trick or treating tips. If you are around your computer at that time, you can watch live by clicking on the link above.