Trick-or-treating tips for parents

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The Halloween collection includes tips on how to create a haunted house, throw a spooktacular Halloween party featuring party invitations and Halloween crafts to entertain children.

Children can have their faces painted easily with a simple yet creative design and your jack-o-lantern will be the envy of the neighborhood when using one of our unique pumpkin stencils.

We have also developed two separate trick or treat tip sheets for parents taking their children out and for the homeowners who hand out the goodies.

Here are a few tips for parents on Halloween night:

Encourage children to use facial make up instead of a mask.

Spend the extra dollar and purchase quality make-up. You don’t want your child to have that same look weeks later.

If possible, design the costume to accommodate a sweater or even a jacket underneath depending on the weather.

Make sure that all costumes and accessories are flame resistant.

Keep in mind how much walking they’ll be doing for their age. You don’t want to have to carry your little ghoul home.

Carry extra bags to dump candy in.

If you have more than one child to supervise, try bringing a wagon or cart to unload the candy in as they go door to door.

If you’re taking other kids with you, set out the rules before you leave and make sure they understand.

Instruct children to stay with you and off the lawns and out of the gardens.

Remind children to say thank you.

Be prepared to carry their props after a while.

Inspect all candy when you get home. Throw away homemade, unwrapped or open candy.

Let them have one piece of wrapped candy while on the walk as a treat/break.

Bring a flashlight and give them glow sticks to wear.

Don’t let them walk in the middle of the streets. Cars will still travel on roads Oct. 31.

If the front light is out but they have Halloween decorations, there is a good chance that they have no more candy.

Carry a small, portable first aid kit for those little cuts and injuries.

Many people bring their dogs with them and dress them up in costumes such as a hot dog or a devil. Instruct children to ask the owner if they can pet the animal before they do.

When children go to the door, stay close by and watch carefully.

Set a strict curfew for older children that go out on their own.

Children are never to go into the house unless you know them.

If you have to drive, slow down more than usual.

Give children a snack before they go out. They won’t complain about being hungry and want to eat the candy.

Take half the candy and place it in the freezer for use in the summer.

Here are a few tips for homeowners on Halloween:

Keep the path to your door clear of all obstacles and well lit.

Don’t terrorize children. It’s all about fun and not making them wet their pants.

Be extremely careful with the candle in your pumpkin so that nothing bursts into flames, including costumes. Consider using a battery powered light or glow sticks.

Use flashlights, glow sticks or electric lights with the power cord safe and secured.

If you have a dog, keep it in another room and away from the door.

If you’re going to give candy, give only store bought and wrapped items such as chocolate bars, chips, etc.

Alternative giving can include pencils, erasers or stickers with a Halloween theme.

If you’ve spent a lot of time on your Halloween display, you may want to consider putting some sort of fencing around it so that everyone can enjoy it without it being trampled.

Feel free to use the “one for you, one for me” rule.

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