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Tips and tricks for a safe and fun Halloween

Hello everyone!

I’m Carrie Joe, Early Childhood Education Director at the International School of Denver - and welcome to my first blog! I am so excited to bring you fun and entertaining blogs full of tips and tricks for your families. This blog has to do with my favorite holiday, Halloween!

Many of you have first time Trick-or-Treaters, and this may be your first time Trick-or-Treating with your kids if you don’t have older children. Here are a few ideas to help make your Trick-or-Treating experience safe and fun for everyone! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Before you go

  • Eat a healthy dinner. With a full belly, your little ones will not be as tempted to snack on all the goodies and candy they will be getting throughout the night.
  • Make sure your costumes are safe!
    • Be sure that shoes fit to avoid tripping.
    • Use make-up instead of masks so children can see where they are going. (Pro tip: If you do have a mask, make the eye holes big and push the mask up on top of their head between houses.) Use reflective tape on costumes, and have kids carry a flashlight or glow stick so they are seen more easily. And brighter costumes are a good idea as well.
  • Plan your route ahead of time. Talk to your kids. Let me know the expectation is for everyone to stay together at all times.

·       Call your crew! Make plans to go out with a handful of adults.

While you’re out

  • Stay on sidewalks and cross streets at the corners or crosswalks. Don’t let kids run ahead or separate from the group.
  • Don’t let your kids swap wigs or hats. (Avoid the scariest Halloween goblin of all - lice!) Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t go inside a house. If you know your neighbors, you can decide if you want to go inside as a group, but be sure the adults give permission and accompany the children if you choose to go inside.

Once you’re home

  • Inspect candy. Don’t let your children eat homemade treats unless you know who gave them to you.
  • Ration candy (to the best of your ability). After Halloween night, you can offer one treat a day for dessert, donate left over candy, put one piece in lunches, etc.


Most of all, have FUN! Make memories! And have a safe and happy Halloween!

I’d love to hear your favorite tips and tricks for a safe and fun Halloween. Use the comments feature below to share your ideas.

  • child safety
  • Halloween



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