With the witching hour fast approaching, we’ve got our face paints at the ready and our spooky costumes hanging in the wardrobe! It’s all set to be a spooktacular Halloween, and here at Wilko, we want it to stay that way.
Lots of us will be out and about Trick or Treating with our little monsters this year; emerging from the darkness to frighten friends and family alike! But with the nights drawing in, it’s important to think about safety as well as fun. This is why selected Wilko children’s costumes (from age 2 all the way up to age 12) come with a set of spooky reflective stickers. They’ll brighten up dark costumes and shine in the light, letting road users know you’re there – not to mention, little ones will love them!
To make sure everybody’s Halloween is a happy one, here are a few more tips to bear in mind:
Accident-proof costumes: Make sure nobody is going to be tripping over trailing skirts or long, flowing capes, and check everybody can see through their horrifying Halloween masks. If a mask is getting in the way – try some face paint instead.
Teach the kids about traffic: It’s very rare for so many children to be out and about after dark, so many drivers won’t be expecting it. Halloween can be very exciting and it’s tempting for children to dash across the street to get to the next house (especially after all those sweets!) so it’s important to have a chat before you leave home. Use crossings wherever possible, encourage children to look both ways and always wait for you before they cross.
Don’t go it alone: Always let someone know where you are going and take a mobile phone just in case. If your children are old enough to Trick or Treat alone, give them boundaries and a curfew; encourage them to stick together in a group and avoid badly lit areas. You could even plan a route for them so you’ll have a rough idea of what time they’ll be home. Be sure to make children aware of the dangers of talking to strangers and warn them never to go into a stranger’s house or get into their car, no matter how nice they may seem.
Know when to knock: It’s always best to know the signs of a house that’s happy to accept Trick or Treaters. A surefire way is to look for pumpkins (or other decorations) in the window or outside the front door – houses with lights off or curtains drawn are probably best avoided. If you knock or ring the doorbell once and nobody answers, move along to the next door – even if the house is decked out in its Halloween finest, the people who live there may have run out of treats or have young children to put to bed.
Drive carefully: No matter where you live or where you’re going, there will be lots of children around on Halloween. Be sure to drive slowly and keep an eye out for any reflections in your headlights. As you drive into residential areas it may be best to drive slightly below the speed limit so you can brake quickly if a child runs out in front of you.
Prepare a frightful feast: Kids love sweets (don’t we all!) so it’s only natural that they’ll want to tuck into their sweet treats as soon as possible! To help prevent a sugar-overload, why not prepare a feast of healthier Halloween treats for them to fill up on before they go? Almost anything can be made ‘spooky’ with a bit of food colouring (red for blood, green for slime!) and there are loads of fantastic recipes for terrifying treats out there.
Earlier this month, we made some ‘Banana Spooks‘ for the blog. We love them because they’re fast, tasty and versatile – simply swap white chocolate for yoghurt for an even healthier treat!