8 Helpful Tips for Halloween Hosts
It was creeping…and creeping…and BOO! Believe it or not, Halloween is tomorrow! With the big day almost upon us, we have some helpful hints for Halloween hosts like you. If you’re on the giving end of this year’s trick-or-treating activities, here are eight things you should keep in mind:
Eyes on the Clock
Halloween start times vary in different cities, but you can generally expect your first visitor around 6:30 P.M. Plan your schedule accordingly!
While Halloween usually doesn’t start until around 6:30 P.M., prepare for the possibility that some Trick-or-Treaters may get started early. On your way home from work, drive slowly and pay extra close attention to pedestrians.
If you’re still looking for the perfect candy to give away, consider peanut-free options. Peanut allergies have become a very sensitive issue, with some schools going as far as to ban peanut products from lunches. There are plenty of other candies out there, so leave the Snickers, Reese’s and M&M Peanuts in the candy aisle and pick up something else.
If you’re not sure what type of candy to give away, offer a few different options and let your Trick-or-Treaters choose. Gummy candies like Starburst and Skittles are always popular, as are chocolate options like Kit Kats and Hershey Bars.
Leave Your Lights On
A bright porch light is the universal signal that your home is open for business. When you’ve run out of candy – or are simply done participating – close your lights so trick-or-treaters know to skip your home.
Clear the Porch
To ensure the safety of children and adults who visit your property, remove all hazards from your sideway, driveway and porch. This includes leaves, dirt and other types of slippery debris. This isn’t just a safety issue – it’s a liability issue as well.
While giving away candy and greeting strange children can be an unusual experience, don’t lose sight of your role as a responsible adult. Never raise your voice at children or invite them into your home or car.
Halloween is one of the most anticipated days of the year for kids. Enrich their experience by playing along and espousing the Halloween spirit. As you are filling kids’ candy bags with yummy treats, comment on how much you enjoy their costumes. If you’re feeling extra spirited, wear a costume yourself and make their day even more memorable.