Halloween, celebrated annually on October 31st, is one of the world’s oldest holidays. Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the nation’s second-largest commercial holiday. Every October, there are fun activities offered to children, especially, who can dress up in costumes, enjoy parties, and eat treats. Trick-or-treating—going from house to house in search of candy and other goodies—has been a popular Halloween tradition in the United States and other countries for an estimated 100 years.
Check out these tips below to help make the festivities fun and safe:
1. Practice walk safety, especially putting down electronic devices to watch path.
2. Decorate costumes & bags with reflective tape or stickers. Light colors also preferable.
3. If you’re traveling to another neighborhood, keep a slow pace in all residential areas.
4. Remember, popular trick-or-treating hours are between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
5. Above all else, don’t allow children under the age of 12 to be alone at night without adult supervision. Traveling in groups and within lighted areas is also good practice.
Finally, Halloween doesn’t have to be all about candy and over-consumption. Rather, it can be a holiday to showcase health habits! Opt for trick-or-treating on foot, instead of driving from destination to destination; if you’re handing out treats, stick to healthy snacks! With these tips at your disposal, you can stay safe, healthy, and happy this Halloween.