Halloween allows our littles to dress up and have a great time with their imagination. Here's our handy How-To on having a safe, fun Halloween without having to worry about the crazy clowns coming out of the woods or candy concerns. Consider these creative options for your family this Halloween.
1. Community Events in Public Places ~ It won't take much looking to find events in your community that are fun for the entire family and free of risk. This is also a great way to include the whole family, like older children who don't want to dress up or tag along with the babies. These types of gatherings can be carnivals, candy hand-outs in a mall, church events and Halloween parties.
2. Trunk or Treats ~ TrunkorTreats are often hosted by businesses and schools. Some military units host them for their families. Typically everyone participating knows one another. Individuals arrange their decorated cars and have the trunks open and full of candy. This keeps all the activity in one place and no strangers are involved. Even if you do not know anyone there directly, the event is sponsored and necessary safeguards are in place.
3. Hosting Your Own ~ Are you one of those parents that wants all the kids at your house so you know what they're doing and where they are? All the more reason to throw your own Halloween party with a variety of age appropriate activities for your children and their friends. You control the goodies and no one goes anywhere. This would probably be a huge help and relief for the parents of your children's friends!
4. Getting the Neighborhood Together ~ A few weeks before Halloween team up with a couple of neighbors you know and make some flyers to pass out in the few blocks around your homes. Have these flyers explain the need for community and safety this Halloween and invite everyone to take part in a block party, barbecue or park gathering on Halloween. Stress that kids can dress up and suggest things like a cake walk, pinata and other alternative types of candy hand-outs. This is a great way to still let the little ones trick-or-treat, but remove the risks of strangers and dangers. This is an excellent suggestion for those living in base housing.
5. Tradition is Okay ~ If you really just want the kids to trick-or-treat the way you did when you were young, it's easy enough to do a little research and find a great neighborhood. There are plenty of neighborhoods where everyone gets into the holiday spirit. Decorations are plenty and candy is safe. Streets are well-lit and there are lots of other in attendance.
Regardless of the day, it's natural to keep eye on the kids and be smart about your surroundings. Perhaps get a few parents together so that your kids are in a recognizable pack and there are a few more eyes on the group. Take advantage of any services offered in your community like x-raying candy at local hospitals.
Encourage fellow military families to have a plan similar to yours, to pass out non-candy items and to communicate among one another to keep this fun holiday safe for all.