With Halloween upon us, all your little witches and goblins will be ready to have a ghoulish good time. In New England,one of the hallmarks of the season is engaging in many of the fun autumn activities with family and friends. But before you find yourself in a holiday that is more "boo hoo" than boo, it's a good idea to take some quick precautions. Here are some tips that will help you and your kids to have a great time.
1. Gauge your child's readiness for spooking: some kids like being scared, and some don't. If your child is squeamish or doesn't like surprises, steer clear of local haunted houses and hayrides. These often scare children, even when the effects are rated G.
2. Dress appropriately. Even if your darling wants to dress like a ballerina, it may not be appropriate to wear out in a the brisk evening air. Save the skimpy outfits for indoor parties: nothing is worse than trying to coax a kid-sickle trick-or-treating. Also, make sure you pack comfy footwear. Although your princess will insist she can wear those snazzy plastic heels for blocks, I promise she won't protest when you serve up those comfy sneakers out of nowhere. That's right, you're awesome.
3. Finally, stress safety first. If you are chaperoning, keep a keen eye on your precious quarry at all times. And if you are letting the ghost is go it alone, arm them with reflective clothing strips, flashlights, and a working knowledge of what houses to avoid and how to signal an adult if they feel like they are in danger. It's a good ideas to agree on a route and to connect with other parents in the area to keep an eye on your little on's progress.
With a little planning and some common sense, you can have a safe and happy Halloween.