I know when we lived in Ft. Campbell we used to go to Clarksville, TN to Freight on Franklin Street. Clarksville held an annual event where all the businesses in Franklin Street will get together to form a huge loop downtown for Trick or Treating. My daughter loved it. We always had such a great time there and Bella always ended up with tons of goodies. They also held several costume competitions and other contests for each age group.
Another thing we did was attend the trick or treating event from Austin Peay State University. I was part of the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club there and we always had our own little stand for the kids with tons of candy. Every club, team, organization from the university always got together and formed a huge loop around campus for kids to go around and trick or treat.
Malls and stores usually hold their own little event as well for kids to walk through and gather treats. I know I know last year the Ala Moana Mall in downtown Honolulu, HI held an event for kids during the day on Halloween day.
Some jobs also hold their own trunk or treat events. I know being a military wife, my husband’s unit is holding a trunk or treat today (the day before Halloween) and some of the on post housing communities are also holding their own trunk or treat events as well. You can always check with your job to see if they are holding any type of event for Halloween.
2. Talk to your kids. Before we head on out to trick or treat I always talk with my girls and tell them to always stay next to us and to never take off or wander away. To always watch their surroundings and if they’re scared to go to a certain house cause of the decorations to just let us know and we will skip that house. We also tell them that they are all just decorations and nothing more. That there is nothing to be scared of.
3. Bullying. I have seen this quiet a lot during trick or treat where one kid gets greedy and won’t let the other kids get any candy. I am very against bullying such as hitting, pushing, and being mean to other kids. I know in such an event some kids can get a little overly excited or tired and cranky. Whatever the case may be always remember to take a break, let them drink water, and take it easy. Always tell them to say thank you to others and move on to the next home. Sharing is caring.
4. Candy. I always inspect my daughters candy when we get home. If it looks opened, chewed, or just awkward I throw it away. There’s been many cases where theirs sick people that drug the candy or just give out expired candy as well so always watch out what they eat and trick or treat in trustworthy places.
5. Don’t wonder into dark scary places. When we go out on our search for candy we usually go around neighborhoods but some streets may be dark and lonely. These are the places you should never take your kids in even if there’s only lonely house all the way at the end of the street with a bowl on their front door. Don’t risk it. There’s a lot of child snatching going on now a days. Trust me. It’s not worth it for a few pieces of candy. Just head on over to the next street.
6. Stick with crowds and never let go. I usually go in groups or go where there’s a crowd and stick with it. The more the merrier… and safer. Always keep an eye on them or hold their hands. Little kids are quick and they can easily just run off or get out of sight.
7. Stay outside. Never go inside someone’s home even if they seem like the nicest people in the world (unless you know them of course). Sometimes people will tell you to wait in the foyer and shut the door to go to the other room to get “candy.” If you don’t know them don’t risk it. Be smart and always play it safe.
I can’t stress if enough to always be cautious. I love Halloween and going trick or treating with my girls. Seeing everyone dress up and see all the creativity on that scary night but I get so scared that I will loose track of my kid in crowded places or something will go wrong when I find myself in a dark area. These seven things are my main key points on having a happy and safe Trick or Treat. May everyone enjoy this beautiful weekend and get tons of candy. May the international kids sugar rush weekend begin.
Feel free to comment below with any other tips, ideas, or advice that you may have for other parents out there.