As you are getting ready for Halloween buying treats, here are some things to consider when planning your family’s trick or treating night. First off, please be considerate and kind to every little ghouls, ghost or goblins that come knocking on your door. Please be considerate to the fact that there will be children who have gone through the adoption process or are currently in the foster care program themselves. Try to be as open minded as possible. You can’t identify them. They look like the every other child but they come with different factors.
You could see any of the following:
- A child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy might have poor fine motor skills or they have experienced going without food.
- A child who does not say “thank you” or “trick or treat” or even just doesn’t speak might be too shy to do so or they don’t trust adults.
- A child who doesn’t have on a costume might be in a bad situation at home financially and unable to afford an outfit. They might have a skin reaction to certain types of cloth or have autism, etc.
Things to do when preparing to go trick or treating:
- Go over the typical safety rules that seem to disappear on Halloween such as crossing the street, walking on the side walk, not to step on things in the yard, etc.
- Have the kids’ pair off into group. If you can, one parent stays with each child.
- Take a flashlight with you and wear reflective coats. Remember it does get dark.
- Prepare the kids for those houses that are decorated. Talk about the lights, scary music, and people jumping out of bushes. In our neighborhood, we have a crime scene where you go into the garage. Talk about not going inside a house since that would not be normal any other night.
- If you can, put glow necklaces on your child.
- Tell the kids not to approach any strange vehicles and if someone gets out to come to you at once.
- Remind the kids they are not allowed to eat the candy until you get home. To be prepared, take a drink for each child and a treat. Trick or treating is hungry work. This gives you more chance to be able to check the candy out later.
- Only go up to the houses with their porch lights on. Well lit houses are the best.
- If it is cold, dress warmly. But they will get hot since they most likely will be moving fast for more candy.
- Go over manners with your children, remind them to say “Thank you”.
- Take a cell phone with you.
All in all please be considerate to all the monsters in and out of your house on Halloween.
Have a great Halloween!