Trick-or-treating is a major part of Halloween. The rush of going from house to house to get a bag full candy is a childhood dream come true. As adults, keeping your children safe is your number one priority. Be cautious is necessary for a safe and happy Halloween.
Before Halloween, get a rough idea of where you will be trick-or-treating on Halloween night.
Know the times of trick-or-treating in your community.
Draw map of your planned trick-or-treating path.
Stick to well-lit areas in your neighborhood.
Locate a safe place to meet up if anyone is separated from the group.
Appropriate Fitting Costumes
Whether you are buying or making your child’s costume, safety is essential.
Appropriate fitting costumes are necessary to avoid trips and falls.
Avoid complicated costumes.
Consider skipping masks and use face paint. A mask may hinder your child’s ability to see properly.
Use reflective tape on your child’s costume.
The material should be flame retardant.
When out trick-or-treating, keep these safety rules in mind.
Stay with your group. Remind your children the importance of staying together on Halloween night.
Young children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Stay outdoors. Never go into a stranger’s house.
Only go to houses with porch lights on.
Stay on the sidewalk. Avoid taking any types of short cuts. The area may not be safe.
Carry flashlights or glow sticks for extra light.
Watch out for other trick-or-treaters especially when driving around a neighborhood. Children who are excited to get to the next house may not look both ways before crossing the street.
Inspect All Candy
The temptation to sneak a candy for the pail is natural for children during trick-or-treating. Emphasize the importance of inspecting all candy before eating.
Most of all enjoy Halloween! Children will not always want to go trick-or-treating.
Are you getting the mood for Halloween fun? Pumpkins, ghosts, and things that go bump in the night are a major part of Halloween. The time is perfect to pop some buttery, delicious popcorn or order a pizza from your favorite place. Now find the perfect family-friendly movie to enjoy.
Halloween is creeping in closer each day! Are you going to decorate your porch with jack-o-lanterns? Pumpkins are one of the best parts of Halloween. Now, who is going to the pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin to carve? Do you know how to find the best pumpkin for carving?
Tips for Finding the Best Pumpkin for Carving
The cooler weather, fresh air, and the big search for the perfect pumpkin is a great family-friendly activity. Bundle up warm and remember the following tips for finding the best pumpkin for carving.
One of the easiest ways to find the perfect pumpkin to turn into a jack-o-lantern is color. When searching the pumpkin patch, look for a deep, orange color. The deep orange hue signifies the ripeness of the pumpkin.
The Thump Test
Yes, there really is a reason people knock on pumpkins. A hollow sounding pumpkin is ripe. Pick up and your pumpkin and knock on the side a couple of times. Listen carefully for a deep hollow sound when you tap the pumpkin with your knuckles. If your first pumpkin pick did not pass the thump test, keep looking.
Check Your Pumpkin Over
Next feel your pumpkin over for bad spots. If a pumpkin is beginning to decay, dark spots or bruises may be noticeable. Press in on questionable areas. Search for scratches or other imperfections.
The sturdiness of the pumpkin is essential. Using your thumbs, test the bottom of the pumpkin for firmness. A mushy pumpkin will not last until Halloween night. Try to find a pumpkin without any blemishes.
Cradle Your Pumpkin
Avoid picking your pumpkin up by the stem. If you break the stem, the pumpkin will decay at a faster rate. A firm, secure stem means a sturdy pumpkin.
Heading out to the pumpkin patch for your perfect choice is a great Halloween tradition. When searching, take your time. Enjoying the atmosphere is part of October fun.
It’s that time of year! Are you ready for things that go bump in the night! October brings cooler weather and Halloween! Drawing your favorite Halloween scenes and scares is a great way to spend a chilly, October afternoon. Do you need a few drawing prompts to get you through the month?
Fall is a wonderful time to go hiking. The cooler weather and changing leaves provide the perfect nature setting. Are you trying to get your young children to enjoy the outdoors too? Try an autumn-themed scavenger hunt.
The simple idea of finding items in nature can inspire young children to love the outdoors. The excitement of checking off finds allows children to interact on the trails. Do you need inspiration for your scavenger hunt list?
Dried pine needles
Small sized bird (Sparrows)
Large sized birds (Egrets, Cranes, Eagles)
Leaf in Water
Something you like
A cloud shaped like an animal
Empty snail shell
Moss on a rock
Rocks in water
Of course, you will have to make your list to match nature items in your location. Have fun! Happy searching!
It’s here the long 3-day holiday weekend. Millions of people will travel this weekend, the unofficial end of summer. Did you decide to stay home for the long Labor Day weekend? Don’t worry; there are still plenty of things to do close to home. Many of these staycation ideas are free or have minimal costs.
Low Cost or No Cost Activities for Labor Day Weekend
Go Hiking: Get outdoors and enjoy nature. Find a new trail to hike. Hiking is a great activity for the entire family.
Beach Day: Pack a lunch and spend an entire day at the beach.
Go to a Local Winery: Many wineries allow taste testing. Gather your friends, enjoy the sights, and sample different wines.
Host a BBQ
Classic Game Night: Dust off your favorite Monopoly or other board game for a fun night of friendly competition. Don’t forget the snacks.
Picnic in the Park: Pack your favorite goodies and head to a local park.
Host a Bonfire Night: Don’t forget the S’mores.
Host a Themed Movie Night: Order pizza, make popcorn, and play your favorite movies.
The first official day of Autumn is almost here. Are you ready for new Autumn adventures? Gather your family or friends together and enjoy the season. Do you need ideas to add to your Autumn bucket list? Check out the following for inspiration.
September ushers in cooler weather and rainy days. When you cannot get outdoors, embrace your creative side. Drawing is a wonderful stress reliever. By focusing on your art, you tune out your surroundings and relax. Do you need some drawing inspiration to get you started?
Did you get your letter? It’s time to start classes again! Millions of Harry Potter fans recognize September 1st as Back to Hogwarts Day. The beloved series by J.K. Rowling is still going strong after all these years. Are you a fan? Are you looking for ways to celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day? Check out the following ways to celebrate going back to Hogwarts.
9 Ways to Celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day
Having fun is the best way to celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day. Whether you celebrate alone, online, or with family and friends, spend time enjoying the beloved series.
Read: Cozy up with your favorite Harry Potter book and revisit the Wizarding World. Start over by reading the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Listen: If you have a busy schedule, listening to the audiobooks is a great way to multitask.
Watch: Host a movie night. (Yes, movie night can consist of just you and your cat.) Watch one or go for a complete marathon of all the Harry Potter movies.
Crafts: Let your creative side shine through on Back to Hogwarts Day. From potion bottles to jewelry, making crafts is a great way to celebrate. The best part, you can always watch or listen to Harry Potter while working on your creative project.
Food & Drinks: Butterbeer, chocolate frogs, licorice wands, and much more. Creating the food and beverages from the Harry Potter series is one of the best ways to celebrate. Plus, you can always eat and drink these tasty treats while watching the movies.
Lego: Pick up a new Harry Potter themed Lego set for an improtu family night. From the Hogwarts Castle to Hagrid’s Hut, each themed Lego set represents a different area in the Wizarding World. Who knows maybe you will end up with entire room of Harry Potter Lego sets.
Game Night: Host a Harry Potter themed game night. Order in pizza and play your favorite Wizarding World related video or board game.
Online: Meet and chat with other fans in your favorite Harry Potter group.
Write: Do you like to write? Write fanfiction. Create your own version of the Wizarding World.
Have fun! Enjoy J.K Rowling’s magnificent series about “The Boy Who Lived.”