Halloween is about laughter, costumes, neighborhood fun and loads of treats. To ensure that your child's Halloween is everything it's meant to be, map out a neighborhood route that's safe and simple to navigate.
Sure, some people say it's reasonable to head out on Halloween night and walk whichever way the wind blows. Those people are wrong. It's important to give at least a little thought to where the kids will wander around the neighborhood so you can maximize their fun and your peace of mind. Ask yourself the following questions to help determine your course:
Once you have a general idea for your course, talk with a few neighborhood moms to determine where and how the kids can meet up. Costumed children can start the night together, or they can join forces along the way. Trick or treating with the neighbors has two benefits: 1) it's more fun to go with a group, and 2) there is safety in numbers.
Unless you're comfortable with allowing your older children to go trick or treating later in the evening without a chaperone, you'll need to give some thought to appeasing all your kids along the route. Consider the following options for infusing fun for younger and older children alike:
Above all else, it's important to maintain your kids' safety on Halloween night. If you feel good about your Halloween route in terms of practicality and fun, make sure you and your kids review the following Halloween safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control:
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