Traveling door to door to collect candy in costume is one of the great events of childhood. Trick or treating is a time-honored tradition that though very exciting, health and safety must be remembered and encouraged. Below are a few helpful reminders on how to keep All Hallows eve safe and fun!
Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips
- Adults should stay with children or within eyeshot when knocking on stranger’s doors.
- It’s typically dark out halfway through the evening, so it’s important to wear either lighter or neon colored costumes. If black is a must for your costume think of adding reflectors and glow in the dark accents. Glow sticks can be a fun accessory to bring along.
- Once home and sifting through the candy, do not eat any candy that has an open wrapper.
- Purchase costumes that are flame retardant. Nylon and polyester are good fabrics to look for. Be careful when wearing costumes with flowing fabrics near jack-o-lanterns.
- Be cautious of masks that block peripheral vision that may complicate navigation of streets and sidewalks.
- Take along a watch as most cities have a curfew to ensure your safety.
Crafting a custom trick or treat bag offers another opportunity to apply reflectors and glow in the dark elements without affecting your costume. It is also a great family project that will provide the time to talk and remind kids of these safety tips.
See below for a “how to” trick-or-treat bag tutorial.
Do it Yourself Trick –or – Treat Bag
This super easy craft will not only hold all your candy, but also glows in the dark for added safety!
1. Collect Supplies: Scissors, Glue Gun, Glow in the dark paint, Ribbon, & Embellishments.
2. Glue on ribbon or reflective strips.
**Ames, IA Trick-or-Treat has been scheduled for Wednesday October 31st at 5:30. Trick-or-Treat Downtown the same day from 10am-2pm. Find your perfect costume by checking out Duck Worth Wearing’s selection of new Melissa & Doug costumes, as well as pre-owned Halloween fashions.