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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone. I decided to write a bonus post this week to help celebrate this magical day of the year.

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Since Halloween is supposed to be fun, I wanted to share some tips on how to stay safe. It is important to remember that we are living in one of the safest times in history, but it does not hurt to have a little caution.

Tip 1: Be Aware of your surroundings

This is important for adults and kids. There can be a lot of traffic, both cars and foot traffic when trick-or-treating, so always be aware of what is going on around you. If there are large crowds kids can get swept away easily, so try not to let them rush too far ahead. If they are older, you can always have them check in occasionally. Remember you want them to have fun and it is important to give them some freedom. They are growing older and need to learn how to manage the world around them. Just make sure to give them freedom responsibility.

Tip 2: Stick to what you know

This time of year, to have the best and safest Halloween, stick to places and people you know. We take the kids around our neighborhood. We know most everyone who loves there and trust our neighbors. It is also a biggest enough area that I trust them to do a little exploring on their own. They know their way back home and there is bound to be someone out who they know that can point them in the right direction.

It is great and wonderful to explore new neighborhoods, especially those that really go all out for halloween, but they can also have more traffic, more people, and more problems.

Tip 3: Dress for the weather

I know that in some places this won’t matter, but tonight it will be about 45 degrees where we are, and while this does not seem that cold, being out in it for several hours can be a little harsh. Make sure that the kids and yourself are bundled up if needed and have extra layers so they stay warm. I think this year we might even need gloves.

Tip 4: Take time to eat

This may seem silly, but take time to eat dinner before going out. You don’t want the kids hungry and filling up on candy all night. Even if you grab pizza or hamburgers, the kids still get something other than candy.

Tip 5: Enjoy the night

They are only kids once, and before you know it they will be grown with kids of their own, so enjoy your night with the family. Make the best of whatever you do, and remember to have fun. That is really what the night is about anyway.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween. Share what your plans are or favorite memories from tonight in the comments below.

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