It's the time of the year again where the little spookies come out to play, rushing after your candy, and trick you into late night bedtime! But don't fret, it's also a wonderful and fun time for the kids, parents and families to come together and have a lot of fun. To help out this year, Kristina and I put together some tips and tricks on making your Halloween safe, fun and drama free.
Most of us either got vaccinated or perhaps not as worried about Covid-19 as we used to, but that doesn't mean that we're out of the woods just yet. Covid-19 still remains a serious risk, so we recommend doing all or some of the below to minimize the risk to yourself, your kids and your community:
The weather is becoming much better, so why not keep the kids outdoors when trick-or-treating or attending a Halloween gathering, this will minimize the exposure and close distance.
It's kind of common sense, but just to be sure, if your kid is sick or having any symptoms that can be associated with Covid, it's best to not go trick-or-treating. maybe create an exciting game or create stops inside of the house instead for them to get candy.
Mask guidelines as per the CDC:
If kids do go indoors, make sure they wear a protective cloth mask and keep a safe distance from others.
There are some fun Halloween cloth masks that work well. Don’t paint a protective face mask. Costume masks shouldn’t be worn over the protective mask, as this can make it hard for kids to breathe.
Kids with an underlying health condition need to wear a protective face mask indoors and outdoors while trick-or-treating.
As always, children under 2 years old should not wear a mask. It’s best to take them trick-or-treating as early as possible to avoid crowds.
Kids should keep in small groups while walking and when treats are given out.
Suggest that your child takes turns with friends when approaching homes.
At your home:
Consider sitting outside when you give treats. Wear a mask as you greet visitors.
Prepackage treats and have them ready to hand out.
You also can put treats at the end of your driveway or on a sidewalk for trick-or-treaters to take.
Make sure your kids wash their hands after trick-or-treating.
Dressing Your Little Ghouls & Goblins
Choose a light-colored costume that's easy to see at night or add reflective tape or glow-in-the-dark tape to the costume and to the trick-or-treat bag.
Only buy costumes labeled "flame-retardant." This means the material won't burn. If you make your own costume, use nylon or polyester materials, which are flame-retardant.
Make sure wigs and beards don't cover your kids' eyes, noses, or mouths.
Masks can make it hard for kids to see and breathe. Instead, try using non-toxic face paint or makeup.
Don't use colored or decorative contact lenses, unless they're prescribed by a licensed eye doctor.
Put a name-tag — with your phone number — on your children's costumes.
To prevent falls, avoid oversized and high-heeled shoes. Make sure the rest of the costume fits well too.
Make sure that any props your kids carry, such as wands or swords, are short and flexible.
Kids under age 12 should:
always go trick-or-treating with an adult
know how to call 911 in case they get lost
know their home phone number or your cell phone number if you don't have a landline
Older kids who go out on their own should:
know their planned route and when they'll be coming home
carry a cellphone
go in a group and stay together
only go to houses with porch lights on
stay away from candles and other flames
know to never go into strangers' homes or cars
For all kids:
According Safe Kids Worldwide, the risk of kids being hit by a car is higher on Halloween than on any other day of the year. So make sure all kids:
walk on sidewalks on lit streets (never through alleys or across lawns)
walk from house to house (never run) and always walk facing traffic when walking on roads
cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop
Give kids flashlights with fresh batteries. Kids may also enjoy wearing glow sticks as bracelets or necklaces.
Limit trick-or-treating to your neighborhood and the homes of people you know.
When kids get home:
Help them check all treats to make sure they're sealed. Throw out candy with torn packages or holes in the packages, spoiled items, and any homemade treats that weren't made by someone you know.
Don't let young children have hard candy or gum that could cause choking.
Keep Visiting Ghouls Safe Too!
Make sure trick-or-treaters are safe when visiting your home too. Remove anything that could cause them to trip or fall on your walkway or lawn. Make sure the lights are on outside your house and light the walkway to your door, if possible. Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters, even if they seem harmless to you.
Halloween Goodies — What You Give Out and What Kids Get
Make Halloween fun for all — including kids with food allergies. Consider buying Halloween treats other than candy. Stickers, erasers, crayons, pencils, coloring books, and sealed packages of raisins and dried fruits are good choices.
As you inspect what your kids brought home, keep track of how much candy they got and store it somewhere other than their bedrooms. Consider being somewhat lenient about candy eating on Halloween, within reason, and talk about how the rest of the candy will be handled. Let kids have one or two treats a day instead of leaving candy out in big bags or bowls for kids to eat at will.
Finally we'd like to leave you with a list of things you can do in San Antonio, TX this Halloween:
For kids and families:
San Antonio's Zoo - Zoo Boo!
Take the kids to the DoSuem - Beyond Limits: Spooktacular
Go Trick or Treating, make sure you check NEXT DOOR's 'Treat Map' which shows which neighbors are handing out Halloween treats
Tower of Americas - Fall Pumpkin Patch- Tower of the Americas
Texas Transportation Museum - Halloween Spook-Track-Ula
Devine Acres - Fall CountryFest at Devine Acres Farm
Landa Park Miniature Golf Course - Ghouls, Ghosts, and Glow Golf
Trader's Village - 4th Annual Corny Maze at Traders Village- San Antonio
Natural Bridge Caverns - FREE Family Fun every weekend in OCTOBER!
Morgan's Wonderland and Morgan's Inspiration Island - More Delightful Than Frightful Halloween
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Enjoy a delicious and free Halloween brunch along with the music of a live DJ on the patio of Bistro9. You can also participate in a costume contest and there is an entire Halloween-themed menu, designed especially for the day. Dress in your spooky best and you might just win a prize!
Binge on tasty food to your heart’s content at this brunch event. It’s a $20 all you can eat brunch so make sure you come with a hungry stomach. Enjoy live music, an outdoor experience and fresh craft cocktails and food on Halloween day.
Pastiche is previewing its absinthe cocktail menu during this holiday-themed party for adults. Order a drink and then visit with a tarot card reader, enjoy tunes by DJ TodoChido and more. Its sister bar, Jetsetter, is also hosting a vampire-themed soiree.
HERE ARE SOME OTHER GENERAL THINGS YOU CAN DO:
Go bar hopping with friends while dressed up
Go to a house party or throw a house party
Create a costume from GoodWill or Salvation Army
Create your own Halloween Drink or Cake
Watch Scary movies at home with friends or loved ones
Go on a Haunted Tour
Binge on a scary series like American Horror story
Carve a pumpkin
Go to a haunted house
and Finally... if all is lost... you can always go hand out candy and make other happy!
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