Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for kids. What child doesn’t love getting into their favourite costume and roaming the streets for free candy? You want them to have fun but, as parents, you want to make sure that above all your children are having a safe and secure Halloween. If you’re taking your little boils or ghouls trick-or-treating tonight and want some advice on how to make things go as smoothly as possible, we’ve gathered together some top Halloween etiquette tips for parents to help you out.
Don’t forget manners
It’s understandable that the children will be excitable and, more than likely, hyped up on sugar! But that doesn’t mean good manners should go out of the window. Before you head out, remind your children to behave sensibly and politely. That means saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, waiting their turn, and being respectful when entering and leaving someone’s property — no trampling over flowerbeds!
If it’s going to be dark when you’re on the streets, consider putting reflective or light-up glow gear on your little ones, especially if they tend to run off. Always accompany younger children, or send them off with a designated trusted chaperone. Older children should trick-or-treat in groups in familiar neighbourhoods close to home and take a flashlight and cell phone with them. Teach your children to never enter a stranger’s home, no matter how nice they seem.
Avoid homemade treats
Advise your children not to accept homemade Halloween treats from any neighbours. Though it’s often meant as a nice gesture, it’s understandable you may have heightened safety concerns. Tell your children to only accept pre-packaged and individually wrapped candy from known as trusted brands. If your children have food allergies but still want to join in the fun, look out for teal-coloured pumpkins. The Teal Pumpkin Project was started by Food Allergy Canada to promote inclusivity and understanding of children with food allergies. A teal pumpkin indicates that a home has non-food treats available.
Know when to knock
Does a house have Halloween decorations? Is there a car in the driveway? Are the lights on? If the answer to any of these questions is ‘no’, then give it a miss. These are all indicators that the homeowner is either out, or does not want to participate in the Halloween festivities. When you do knock at a door, only knock once. If the homeowner does not answer the first time they may be busy dealing with a sleeping baby, or on an important call. Don’t be persistent and instead move on the the next home!
Take these tips into consideration when planning your trick-or-treating activities to make sure you and your little ones have an enjoyable, safe, and spooky time! For fun activities all year round, take a look at our listings on Gogabo! You can easily search the classes and activities nearest to you using our geo-location feature. Happy Halloween!