5 Tips for Having a Fun and Safe Halloween

10/13/2016
decorated halloween pumpkin Fall is finally here, and that means Halloween is just around the corner. Kids and adults alike love the chance to don a costume and take on a different persona for the evening, and there's a delicious spookiness that makes this day one of the most fun times of the year.

To make the most of the Halloween season — and keep everyone safe while enjoying the holiday — try these five tips for an unforgettable All Hallows' Eve:

1. Light It Up
According to a study conducted by State Farm Insurance, pedestrian fatalities in traffic accidents double on Halloween. Keep your kids safe during trick-or-treating by having them carry flashlights, which will help them see any tripping hazards in the street and make them visible to drivers on the road.

2. Dress for the Weather
The most meticulously crafted costume in the world won't get much appreciation if it's hidden under a heavy coat the whole time. Check out the average temperatures in your area and design a costume that will be warm enough for the expected chill so your kids can be comfortable all night long.

3. Paint Your Pumpkin
If you're not great with knives, skip the carving and have your kids paint some silly faces on your pumpkins instead. Be sure to wipe down your pumpkin well first to remove any dirt. Acrylic craft paint will bond well to the rind and last all season long -- even in the rain.

4. Decorate Your Doorway
If you're planning to stay behind to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters this year, make sure you have a welcoming entryway. Consider using summer's planting containers to hold a pile of mini pumpkins and decorative gourds for an easy look that will still work in November.

5. Offer Allergy-Free Alternatives
More kids than ever have diagnosed allergies or restrictive diets these days, and Halloween can be a difficult holiday for them to navigate. To help your nut-free neighbors enjoy trick-or-treating, offer some safe candy choices. Double-check the labels, but Nerds, Smarties and Starbursts are usually safe.

It doesn't take much effort to ensure that all the kids and adults in your life have a safe and fun Halloween adventure. Just follow these easy tips, and you're sure to enjoy the spookiest night of the year in style!