Look out! Halloween is just around the corner, just waiting to jump out and scare you! It doesn’t have to be scary, though; in fact, for many preschoolers, Halloween is a time to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, and enjoy all the spooky fun. But with all the excitement, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Below are some tips to help your preschooler have a safe and fun Halloween.
When choosing a costume for your preschooler, it’s important to balance fun with safety. Look for costumes that are flame resistant and made from bright, visible materials. Avoid costumes that are too big or have loose, flowing fabric that could cause your child to trip and fall. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eyeholes are large enough so they can see well. And be sure to add reflective tape to their costume so they’ll be visible to drivers when trick-or-treating at night.
If you’re not trick-or-treating, or just want to be creative at home, creating your own DIY costume is another great option. This way you can meet all of the safety criteria, while still allowing your preschooler to have the costume of their dreams. If you’re interested in this approach, there are tons of costume tutorials online, so ask your preschooler what they’d like to be and get started gathering materials.
Trick-or-treating is one of the most popular Halloween activities, but it’s important to do it safely. Only go to houses that are well-lit and never go inside a stranger’s home. Stick to familiar neighborhoods and routes. Be sure to bring a flashlight so you can see where you’re going and be seen by drivers. When crossing the street, always look both ways and use the crosswalk.
When carving a jack-o-lantern with your preschooler, be sure to either do it outside or on a tarp. Carving a pumpkin is a messy process on its own, not to mention when a preschooler gets involved! If your child is interested in this activity, let them hold the pumpkin as you carefully cut the lid off the top. Once the lid is off, have them scoop out the inside of the pumpkin and discard the seeds. Once the inside has been scooped out, it’s time to make a design. Instruct them to draw a face on the pumpkin using a stencil, and then cut out the eyes, mouth, and nose of the pumpkin following their outlines. Once the carving is done, put a flameless candle inside the pumpkin and light it up. Enjoy your jack-o-lantern!
What is Halloween without the candy? That’s right, meaningless. But don’t let your sugar high distract you from food safety. Inspect all candy before allowing your preschooler to eat it. Throw away any candy that is unwrapped, looks damaged, or has been opened. And be sure to limit the amount of candy your child eats to prevent a blood sugar spike.
Making your own Halloween snacks and crafts at home is another excellent option for those not looking to leave the house. Our Kids ‘R’ Kids Instagram account and monthly newsletters offer great ideas for nearly every season, so if a cheese stick broom or spider sandwich sounds interesting to you, go ahead and check us out!
By following these tips, you can help your preschooler have a fun and safe Halloween. Who knows, you might even have a little fun yourself. Just don’t get too carried away with the sweets!
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