Do you have all of your bases covered concerning your Halloween plans? Make sure by checking out the following guide for Halloween preparation. Below are several of the more common Halloween activity scenarios and related tips that you can use for readying a Halloween checklist in order to help your festivities run smoothly and safely
Games & Activities – Are you well aware of what kind of games and activities lay ahead for your Halloween celebrations? Doing a bit of Halloween planning beforehand is key in this area! If you’re having a party, make sure that you have plenty of games for everyone which are age appropriate. And make sure that no one goes home empty handed, so make sure everyone at least gets a bag of party favors. If you are going out to a Halloween party or carnival type setting, make sure you know well in advance what types of amusements they’ll have for you and your children before committing. After all, what good is a Halloween carnival when your child is too small to ride most of the rides?
Party Invitations – If you’re having a Halloween party, then making sure all of your guests have been invited are of course essential to Halloween preparation. Make a list of guests, and check it twice! Sending out invites 2-3 weeks before the actual event is advisory so that all of your guests have time to plan and RSVP.
Know Your Environment – If you are going out as a group or family to any event, you’re going to want to have a bit more Halloween planning invested than just getting tickets. Teenagers will likely want to cut out on the parents at some point and do their own thing, but make sure they know to pick up their cell phones if you need to call them and make sure everybody knows of a safe spot at the event where everyone can meet up at a certain time, or if they need assistance from a trusted adult staff other than yourself. With amusement parks now having huge Halloween season attractions this is especially important. Make sure everyone knows where the first aid, security, and information stations are. And keep the young ones close to your hip.
Candy – If staying at home, then you’re likely going to be handing out candy… Unless you are just begging for some Halloween trickery aimed as payback for your Halloween stinginess. So make sure you have a big bowl full of plenty of candy for your Trick or Treat visitors. It might not be a bad idea to have an extra bag or two of sweets stashed just in case the traffic to your doorstep winds up being larger than expected.
Street Safety – Of course street safety is paramount during Halloween considering that most activities will be out and about on the streets during the dark of night. Therefore you should have at least several items of concern on your Halloween checklist. Make sure that everyone has some type of flashlight and also some reflective properties upon your costumes, even if you just are going out plain clothed. During the Halloween season there are plenty of little cheap safety gadgets that you can pick up at retail stores such as blinking pumpkin pins and reflective patches. And unfortunately, twisted people still are known to taint the Halloween treats they pass out to children. So make sure that you don’t let your little ones eat any of the candy treats they accumulated throughout the night until you have gotten back home and have had the opportunity to inspect the lot of goodies under much better lighting.
Pets – You shouldn’t omit your beloved pets during a Halloween checklist either. Many dogs and cats get spooked by the constant traffic appearing up at their doorstep during Halloween, so you may want to consider cordoning them off away from the main door of your house, into a safe area where they will feel more secure and will themselves and your Halloween guests safe.