Holidays are stressful, crazy events and somewhere in there you have to find it within yourself to be glad you’re spending the night in your grandma’s attic with a lumpy pillow and a dusty comforter. While I may not be able to help you with the time management or grandma’s attic-quilt, I can help you handle the influx of family and friends that happens en masse during the holidays. Whether you’re heading out to spend a few days of family all up in ya grill 24/7, or you’re hosting them at your home, I have a few tips on how to have – and be – a happy houseguest during the holiday season.
Trick-or-treating is a classic Halloween festivity that gives everyone the perfect excuse to dress up in costumes and get candy from all of the neighbors. Trick-or-treating can be tons of fun for children and adults alike. Make sure you get more treats and fewer tricks with these trick-or-treat safety tips.
When you go out on Halloween night, never go trick-or-treating alone. If your kids are young and you are not going out with them, make sure a trusted adult is accompanying them. Put some reflective tape on your costumes or your candy bags to help drivers notice you in the dark. It’s also a good idea to hold a flashlight or a glow stick to help other people see you. Always make sure to walk from house to house – even though it’s tempting to sprint on to the next giver of candy – to lower your risk of falling, running into another trick-or-treater, or getting run over. If it’s possible, stick to the sidewalk, and as always, look both ways before crossing the street.
When you and your group of fellow trick-or-treaters are deciding where to go, stick to populated areas. Never go inside a house of somebody you don’t know and don’t walk up to a house that has no lights on. Don’t accept rides from strangers – even if it looks like they have other children in the car.
Before you eat
Before you dig into your bag of sugary deliciousness, examine the candy that you or your kids received. Look for choking hazards and any evidence of tampering. Only eat factory-wrapped treats, and don’t eat anything that looks homemade if it came from a stranger.
Try to limit the amount of candy you and your kids eat. It really isn’t good for you, and there are a variety of health reasons to stay away from so much candy. If you want to feel really good about not eating all of your candy, think about donating it to those who don’t have the privilege of trick-or-treating.
As fun as it is to dress up and go out, your costumes should be safe for trick-or-treating. If your costume involves a lot of face paint or makeup, test it on a small area of skin to avoid a possible skin irritation. You’re also going to want to stay away from special contact lenses to avoid eye injury. Make sure your costume is flame resistant – many people light their pumpkins with candles, and you don’t want to catch on fire. Costume props like swords or knifes should be soft so that you don’t hurt yourself or anyone else.
Even with all of these safety precautions, trick-or-treating can still be a lot of fun. Let us know if you have any helpful tips for trick-or-treating!