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TRICK-OR-TREATING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Halloween is a wonderful time for children and adults alike. While adults will often don their finest vampire, batgirl and disco queen costume for bar hopping or parties, children will get dressed up in their favorite characters, animals and other adorable things and head to the streets for candy from neighbors. It is an odd tradition but it is a fun one in any sense.

When it comes to letting your kids trick or treat in your neighborhood you need to keep a few important things in mind. Safety is always an important thing so make sure you go with them if they are under the age of 10. You may want to have a group going if they are older so that they are not alone. Sit down and discuss a walking path for your kids and what houses they will visit. Limit the trick or treating to two hours maximum.

Trick or Treating With Children

If you have younger children then go along with them. You don't have to go to the door with them as they may wish to assert their independence but walk the streets with them. Have one parent stay home guarding the door and giving out candy and have the other parent stick with the kids. Or, if the kiddies are really small, do a small trick or treat run a little earlier in the evening before the regular trick or treaters come knocking on your door.

When participating in Halloween you need to be prepared with candy and a great party music mix as well. You can expect little ghosts, ghouls and Green Lanterns to be knocking on your door as well. Make sure you have a back up stash just in case you run out.

If you are new to the neighborhood then you are understandably a little weary of letting the kids trick or treat. Some neighbors do not offer candy and will not open the door for kids. If this is the case then you will want to know about it. Talk to your neighbors about the upcoming trick or treating and see if anyone participates. If the neighbors have children then perhaps ask to go as a group. This is a great way to get to know your new neighbors and their kids.

Keep in mind that houses that have no lights on and no decorations up often do not celebrate the holiday and thus you should bypass these doors. Having children knocking on the door yelling trick or treat can get very annoying. While they will probably be used to it, explain to your kids to only target the homes that look open and ready for business.

Halloween Candy Safety

Once your kids have returned home, watch them open up their candy bag and check the candy first. Anything that does not have a wrapper on it should be thrown out. Furthermore, make sure all the candy is appropriate for your child. If he has a peanut allergy, then chocolate bars and nuts are out of the question. Get rid of these items before he is tempted to dig in.

Trick-or-treating in your neighborhood can be a wonderful once a year tradition that your kids will soon look forward to every year. After all, what's better than free candy? However, spend a couple of hours planning for the event by mapping out an appropriate track, speaking to the neighbors about trick or treating and explaining to your children the dangers of asking strangers for candy. This is a once a year thing only.

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