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Let’s Talk Parenting: Halloween

The weather is cooling, the skies are darkening and the ghouls and ghosts will quickly descend!  Halloween is just around the corner.  Here are some tips to manage that “frightful” night.

  1. Dress for the weather! In Alberta, snow could be a factor on Halloween night so bring along mittens, scarves and hats to help keep little ones warm as you navigate the neighborhood.
  2. Wear clothing that is easily seen at night. Consider using reflective tape and bring along a flashlight.
  3. Keep costumes short so that children are not tripping and falling. Make sure shoes and boots fit well and do not slip off easily.
  4. Make sure costumes with masks do not obstruct your child’s vision.
  5. Remind children to stop and look for oncoming traffic. When you are out driving from place to place, watch for children running!
  6. Check the candy haul thoroughly.

So what happens if you have a child with allergies, sensitivities or disabilities? Today, many stores offer teal coloured pumpkins and buckets to help those handing out treats consider offering small non-food items such as stickers, pencils, markers and small prizes.

There are so many options when it comes to “trick or treating”. Malls are open and vendors hand out candy. Organizations offer events around or on October 31. Friends, families and neighborhoods organize special Halloween parties. However you celebrate this special time of year, Family Centre hopes it is safe and fun for the whole family.

    Source: various articles