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October 17th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Halloween Safety

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Halloween is such a fun holiday for kids! They get to dress up in costumes, trick-or-treat with friends, and get free candy. But with all that comes some concerns that you should discuss with your kids ahead of time. Safety first! Here are some things to think about, whether you’re taking your kids or they’re heading out with friends:

Costume Safety (For Parents)

  • If you are trick or treating in the dark, make sure the costume is visible. Give your kids a flashlight or flickering necklace hold or wear while they’re out. There is also reflective tape you could add to the costume.
  • Make sure the costume fits and isn’t hanging onto the ground, creating a tripping hazard. Also make sure any eye holes are big enough to be seen through.
  • Any props like guns, swords, etc. should be evaluated as to whether they are really needed for the costume.
  • Make sure any hair spray or makeup has been tested beforehand. Sometimes cosmetic substances like that can be irritating to the skin.

Trick or Treating Safety (For Kids)

  • Stay in the neighborhood (parents and kids should discuss boundaries beforehand). Be careful when crossing the street. Watch for cars and obey any traffic signals.
  • Never enter someone’s home, even if they invite you in.
  • Only go to each house once.
  • Don’t be greedy, take only one piece of candy (or two if the homeowner says you can) and leave the rest for other trick-or-treaters.
  • Stay with your group and/or adult or parent at all times. Don’t wander off.
  • Use manners – always say “thank you” after receiving your treats.

Candy Safety (For Parents)

  • Check your children’s candy to see if anything has  been tampered with, or if there is anything they are allergic to or should have because of certain dental or health issues. It’s generally a good idea to discard anything homemade or in unsealed bags.

Be safe and have lots of fun!!

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October 13th, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Fun Treats for Halloween

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Trick or Treat?

Halloween is really all about the treats, right?

There are so many ways to get creative with treats for this fun holiday. Here are some of my favorites.

Little Frankies

Frankenstein Cupcakes

Goldfish Filled Pumpkins

Monster Pudding Cups

Witches Hat Cupcakes

Frankenstein Rice Krispies

Mummy Hot Dogs

Pumpkin Rice Krispies

Yummy Mummy Treats

Frankenstein Halloween Treats

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Halloween Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jello Worms

Banana Ghosts and Orange Pumpkins

Spookey Halloween Bones

Dracula’s Dentures

Mini Donut Spiders

 

I definitely will be making several of those for my boys over the next few weeks. An easy Halloween snack my boys love is caramel apples. Here’s how I make them for my family!

Caramel Apple Supreme

Ingredients:

Apples
Caramel topping for Ice Cream
Whipped Cream
Maraschino Cherries
Various Toppings: nuts, Heath bar pieces, mini M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, chopped candies, sprinkles, and more!
Cut the apple into slices and place in a bowl. Cover with heated caramel topping. Sprinkle on how many toppings you would like. Top with whipped cream and a cherry!

Super easy and super yummy!

 

 

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October 28th, 2013 at 5:00 am

Advice for Safe Trick or Treating

trick-or-treatThe time has come to go Trick-or-Treating! It’s full of fun and treats but it is also important to stay safe.

Safety starts with costumes. If your going out at night make sure to carry flashlights and either have light colored costumes or some reflective tape. Make sure that long material is tucked up so your child’s feet don’t get tangled, causing them to trip. Also, make sure that your little one is in comfortable shoes. Even before you leave, make sure you have considered routes and their length. With kids of any age, sore legs and frustration can set in, leading to tears all the way home. With small ones, a stroller or wagon is especially helpful to make the journey.

Adults should always accompany children under 12 and try to take them out before it is too dark. Approach houses that are well-lit and never go inside strangers’ homes. It’s also important to check the candy before you let them eat anything they have received. Be sure to toss anything that looks like it has been unwrapped.

Before approaching houses, teach your children to look for a porch light that is on. Typically this is a sign that the people inside are waiting with candy. As you walk up be sure to watch for moving and sound-making decorations so your little one doesn’t become frightened. Sometimes the noise can send them into a  tirade.

Last but not least, HAVE FUN! When you sense that your group is ready to call it a night, respect that. A bucket full of candy isn’t worth tired little ones! Have a safe Halloween!!

 

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

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