Trick or Treating Tips for Parents of Catholic School StudentsOct. 29th, 2015 4:15 pm
It is important to remember for parents of private elementary schools as well as students and families of WNY Catholic high schools that safety is especially important on Halloween. Your kiddos will have a full day of Halloween high jinks this year, because it falls on a Saturday, so here are a few things to remember before hitting the sidewalks this weekend.
1. "Dress Up" for the Weather
Things can get rough quickly when our little princesses and creatures get chilly. Make sure they have dressed in layers to stay warm under their costumes. Once that sun drops, temperatures can get the best of us. To be sure the little ones have ample time to fill up their candy bucket, keep them warm.
2. Plan a Route Ahead of Time
Whether you're taking the kids around your neighborhood, or going to an organized trick or treating event you'll want to have a set plan in mind. If you are going around a residential area in Buffalo or Western New York make sure to choose a street with low traffic. The Saturday date this year allows for earlier start and end times for trick or treating so stay tuned to your local media and check times when folks will be giving out candy.
3. Wear Proper Footwear
Consider the weather and the length of your trick or treating route when making a decision on footwear. . Streets and sidewalks will be leaf covered, the grass might get muddy, and masks and make up can obstruct the vision of your little ghouls and goblins; so check the length of costumes to be sure they are short enough to avoid trips. Choosing the wrong shoes could make for a miserable night, so be sure to pick the right shoes for the job. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as well, so you can keep up!
4. Stay Well Lit in the Dark
The holiday falling on Saturday enables you to get the younger Catholic school trick or treaters out and back in before dark, but if you go out on Friday or Saturday evening bring a flashlight. This will enable you to keep the path lit and keep an eye on the group. Another good idea for kids is reflective tape or glow sticks to stick to their costume or on their candy bucket so you and others can see them in the dark.
5. Annual Candy Check
This is as much a Halloween tradition as trick or treating itself. You should always help your kids go through their candy at the end of their trek, journey, expedition or the night to ensure there aren't any unwanted items in the mix. Be sure to throw out any unwrapped candy, items that have been opened, or don't look familiar. Examine the child's collection for choking hazards and it's best to monitor the candy eaten on the walk as well as limiting the amount they eat when they get home.
The Catholic schools of Western New York want all students and families to have a safe and fun filled Halloween weekend!