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Halloween Survival Kit

ID-1008521Alright, y’all, it’s almost time. We have two full days left to prepare our kiddos for Halloween. Is your Halloween Survival Kit complete? Is it in a handy place? Do you have any idea of what I’m talking about?

It’s a pretty classic idea – Always Be Prepared. And with our kids, this makes doubly good sense. Here are some essential items to have handy to help ensure your Halloween is the very best that it can be:

  • Glow Sticks – handy for Trick-or-Treaters of all ages, Glow Sticks or bracelets, or necklaces are great fun safety items for our kids. We have to be able to keep an eye on our children. Flashlights can get lost or dropped along the way, but these fun lights are easily worn by our kids. The pretty colors and bright light make them especially enjoyable to many of our kiddos.
  • Sensory Friendly Costume time is running out, but you still have a couple days to put something together that hopefully won’t drive your kid crazy. We posted a few links with great ideas HERE.
  • “If Found…” Stickers – the idea is pretty simple. Keep an eye on your kid. The reality is that Trick-or-Treating happens after dusk; with many, many other kids running around, bumping into your kid; parents trying to get their Little Precious up the steps to the door first. It’s terrifyingly easy to lose track of your child on Halloween. A great idea – especially if in an unfamiliar neighborhood – is to put a temporary tattoo or sticker with your child’s name, your name and contact information. Just in case.
  • Replacement Treats – especially for those with dietary and allergy concerns. Make sure you have goodies or dollar store swaps for the inedible candy that your goblin gets on Thursday. It will make the, “Sorry, you can’t eat that” moment a whole lot less tricky.
  • Rainy Weather Alternatives – nothing is worse than having to tell your hyped up child that no, he can’t go trick-or-treating in torrential rain. Make sure you have some tricks up your sleeve – just in case. If not a weather “emergency” perhaps an already overstimulated child or one with an unfortunately timed fever will force your parental hand. Make sure you have things like Halloween DVDs, crafts or cooking project to help take the sting out of a cancellation.

Whatever your plans, take some time to prepare now in order to minimize meltdowns later!


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