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Halloween trick or treating: Tips for parents and children to enjoy this popular tradition

Published on Oct 27, 2023 05:50 PM IST

With Halloween 2023 just around the corner, here are some tips on trick or treating to ensure a fun and memorable experience for parents and children

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Halloween is celebrated each year on October 31 and historians believe that its tradition originated with an ancient Celtic festival where people lit bonfires and wore costumes to ward off ghosts, serve each other “trick-or-treat”, carve jack-o-lanterns and generally engage in festive gatherings to ward off all evil. Halloween trick-or-treating is a beloved tradition for parents and children alike but safety should always be a top priority hence, to ensure a fun and memorable experience, here are some tips for parents and children to enjoy this popular tradition - (Photo by Daisy Anderson on Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Oct 27, 2023 05:50 PM IST

Halloween is celebrated each year on October 31 and historians believe that its tradition originated with an ancient Celtic festival where people lit bonfires and wore costumes to ward off ghosts, serve each other “trick-or-treat”, carve jack-o-lanterns and generally engage in festive gatherings to ward off all evil. Halloween trick-or-treating is a beloved tradition for parents and children alike but safety should always be a top priority hence, to ensure a fun and memorable experience, here are some tips for parents and children to enjoy this popular tradition - (Photo by Daisy Anderson on Pexels)

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1. Plan Ahead: Choose a safe and well-lit neighbourhood for trick-or-treating. If possible, go with a group of friends or neighbours. (File Photo) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Oct 27, 2023 05:50 PM IST

1. Plan Ahead: Choose a safe and well-lit neighbourhood for trick-or-treating. If possible, go with a group of friends or neighbours. (File Photo)

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2. Costume Safety: Ensure your child's costume is comfortable, flame-resistant and has reflective elements while avoiding masks that obstruct vision instead, opt for face paint or makeup instead. (File Photo) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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2. Costume Safety: Ensure your child's costume is comfortable, flame-resistant and has reflective elements while avoiding masks that obstruct vision instead, opt for face paint or makeup instead. (File Photo)

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3. Check Treats: Inspect your child's candy haul for any unwrapped or suspicious items and only allow them to consume treats that are factory-sealed and from a trusted source. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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3. Check Treats: Inspect your child's candy haul for any unwrapped or suspicious items and only allow them to consume treats that are factory-sealed and from a trusted source. (Unsplash)

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4. Set Boundaries: Establish clear rules with your children about the route they should follow and what time they should return home. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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4. Set Boundaries: Establish clear rules with your children about the route they should follow and what time they should return home. (Unsplash)

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5. Flashlights and Glow Sticks: Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to make them more visible to drivers and other trick-or-treaters. (File Photo) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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5. Flashlights and Glow Sticks: Provide children with flashlights or glow sticks to make them more visible to drivers and other trick-or-treaters. (File Photo)

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6. Road Safety: Emphasise the importance of using crosswalks, looking both ways before crossing the street and being cautious around moving vehicles. (AP Photo/Justin Tang) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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6. Road Safety: Emphasise the importance of using crosswalks, looking both ways before crossing the street and being cautious around moving vehicles. (AP Photo/Justin Tang)

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7. Allergies: If your child has food allergies, be extra cautious about the candy they receive and consider carrying safe, alternative treats to swap for any allergen-containing items.(istockphoto) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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7. Allergies: If your child has food allergies, be extra cautious about the candy they receive and consider carrying safe, alternative treats to swap for any allergen-containing items.(istockphoto)

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8. Hydration: Bring water bottles for you and your child to stay hydrated during the evening. (File Photo) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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8. Hydration: Bring water bottles for you and your child to stay hydrated during the evening. (File Photo)

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9. Check Local Guidelines: Be aware of any specific regulations or curfews in your area related to trick-or-treating. (istockphoto) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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9. Check Local Guidelines: Be aware of any specific regulations or curfews in your area related to trick-or-treating. (istockphoto)

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10. Emergency Contact: Make sure your child knows your phone number and address in case they get separated from the group. (Instagram/@tanisshqk) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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10. Emergency Contact: Make sure your child knows your phone number and address in case they get separated from the group. (Instagram/@tanisshqk)

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11. Reflective Clothing: Attach reflective tape to costumes and bags to increase visibility, especially in low-light conditions. (Instagram/@ladyandtheblues) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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11. Reflective Clothing: Attach reflective tape to costumes and bags to increase visibility, especially in low-light conditions. (Instagram/@ladyandtheblues)

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12. Carry ID: If your child doesn't have identification, consider writing your contact information on a small card they can carry with them. Most importantly, enjoy the festivities and make lasting memories with your children while staying safe and cautious. (Photo by AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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12. Carry ID: If your child doesn't have identification, consider writing your contact information on a small card they can carry with them. Most importantly, enjoy the festivities and make lasting memories with your children while staying safe and cautious. (Photo by AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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