Halloween is one of the most popular holidays for children and adults alike. As your Halloween holiday accomplice, we prepared some great tips for a memorable and enjoyable evening.
Choose safe costumes
To ensure that children's trick-or-treating goes smoothly, make sure their costumes meet criteria like:
- Avoid masks that obstruct the view and sharp accessories.
- Glue reflective tape on the front and back of the costume so that they can be seen in the dark.
- Make sure no costume fabric is too long or bulky; it may cause them to trip.
Get in the spirit
Halloween is all about atmosphere, so pull all the stops. Turn off the lights and light candles to create a mysterious ambience. Choose spine-tingling music and consider dressing up. Even if you're staying home to hand out the candy, this will wow your trick or treaters.
Decorate in advance, but not too much
Although the Halloween celebration is short-lived, there's nothing to stop you from preparing your decorations in advance and get the fun started ahead of time. Be creative and use what you have on hand:
- old rusty candlesticks
- a garden wheelbarrow filled with dirt and bones
- an old sheet judiciously placed in a tree.
- And so on.
Tip for your pumpkins. Avoid carving them too far in advance; they could rot. Ideally, carve them about 2 days before Halloween. Once the flesh is hollowed out, cover them with aluminium foil to protect them.
Don't forget about food or nut allergies
For children with allergies and their families, Halloween can be a source of concern. Think of them and pack some non-food (stickers, crayons, play dough) or allergen-free treats.
Put a turquoise pumpkin outside your door to let allergic children know that you have treats for them.
For more information on non-food treats, see page 1 of Famille Point Québec's (article available in French only) #TurquoisePumpkin.
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