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CONTRIBUTION · 15th October 2011
Brian Presley
As part of its Halloween celebrations, What To Do With The Kids (WTDWTK) has just released two Special Reports: Trick or Treat Tips for Parents and Trick or Treat Tips for Homeowners. WTDWTK has also added a collection of pumpkin carving stencils, along with information on having a Halloween Party and decorating your house for the big night. All of these can be found at

Halloween is a great time and can be a lot of fun for both kids and adults. The highlight of course is going door to door and having people give you candy. Here are a few tips that will hopefully prepare parents for make the evening fun for everyone

1. Encourage the kids to use facial make up instead of a mask.
2. Spend the extra dollar and purchase quality make-up. You donít want your kid to have that same look at Christmas.
3. If possible, design the costume to accommodate a sweater or even a jacket underneath depending on the weather.
4. Make sure that all costumes and accessories are flame resistant.
5. Keep in mind how much walking theyíll be doing for their age. You donít want to have to carry your little ghoul home.
6. Carry extra bags to dump candy in so the kids donít get overly tired.
7. If you have more than one kid to supervise, try bringing a wagon or cart to unload the candy in as they go door to door.
8. If youíre taking other kids with you, set out the rules before you leave and make sure they understand.
9. Instruct the kids to stay with you and off the lawns and out of the gardens.
10. Remind the kids to say thank you, even if they get crappy candy.
11. Be prepared to carry the props after a while.
12. Inspect all candy when you get home. Throw away homemade, unwrapped or open candy.
13. Let them have one piece of wrapped candy while on the walk as a treat/break.
14. Bring a flashlight and give them glow sticks to wear.
15. Donít let them walk in the middle of the streets. Cars will still travel on roads October 31st.
16. If the front light is out but they have Halloween decorations, there is a good chance that they have no more candy.
17. If the lights are out, the people are hiding in the back and have no candy to give.
18. Carry a small, portable first aid kit for those little cuts and injuries.
19. Many people bring their dogs with them and dress them up in costumes such as hot dogs or as Satan. Instruct the kids to ask the owner if they can pet the animal BEFORE they do. There is a good chance that the animal is embarrassed to be in a costume and may want to take it out on a human.
20. When the kids go to the door, stay close by and watch carefully.
21. Set a strict curfew for older kids that go out on their own.
22. Kids are NEVER to go into the house unless you know them.
23. If you have to drive, slow down more than usual.
24. Give the kids a snack before they go out. They wonít complain about being hungry and want to eat the candy.
25. Take half the candy and place it in the freezer for use in the summer.

Halloween is a great time for kids and you can keep it that way by following a few of our tips when they come to your door October 31st.

1. Keep the path to your door clear of all obstacles and well lit.
2. Donít terrorize the kids. Itís all about fun and not making them wet their pants.
3. Be extremely careful with the candle in your pumpkin so that nothing bursts into flames, including a kidís costume. Consider using a battery powered light or glow sticks.
4. Use flashlights, glow sticks or electric lights with the power cord safe and secured.
5. If you have a dog, keep it in another room and away from the door.
6. If youíre going to give candy, give only store bought wrapped items such as chocolate bars, chips, etc. Loose candy will be thrown out by the parents.
7. Alternative giving can include pencils, erasers or stickers with a Halloween theme.
8. If youíve spent a lot of time on your Halloween display, you may want to consider putting some sort of SAFE fencing around it so that everyone can enjoy it without it being trampled.
9. Halloween candy is magically calorie and fat free on October 31st so feel free to use the ďone for you, one for meĒ rule.
10.Check out our Haunted House page for tips and special effects.

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