There is no denying Halloween celebrations are gaining momentum in Australia and these days the kids are certainly keen to get involved. As a parent, you may still view Halloween with some degree of skepticism, or perhaps you are keen to get on board but don't know where to start.
Either way, here are some sure-fire ways to make you all fall in love with the fun that is Halloween:
There are a lot of legitimate safety concerns around trick-or-treating. However, with a little preparation and some community spirit, a neighbourhood event can be so much fun. You might be surprised at how readily people embrace the Halloween spirit!
Get together with some like-minded parents in your local area. Ask other parents from school or the family that live around the corner. It’s much more fun as a group!
Set a route - Identify an area where your kids will be trick or treating. Depending on where you live this may be a block, a street or an apartment building.
Notify neighbours - Do a letterbox drop the week before Halloween with a note clearly stating your intentions for the day/evening, including times. It’s also a good idea to supply a balloon or decoration for people to put at their entrance to signal they are participating.
Set the rules - Make sure kids know they can only go to houses with the signal and remind them of general neighbourhood etiquette such as staying off gardens, keeping noise to a minimum, respecting privacy etc.
Buddy up - Assign an adult to each group of younger children for safety reasons. Older kids should be paired or grouped.
Trick-or-Treat! - Go out, have fun and don’t forget to dress up yourself!
Alternatively, if you don’t think your neighbourhood is right for trick-or-treating but the kids are desperate to do it; why not tee up a few close friends or relies and take Halloween on the road?
Everyone loves an excuse for a party and Halloween is the perfect theme! It doesn’t need to be expensive or over the top. Check out this article for some great ideas on food, decorations and games.
Grab some popcorn, turn out the lights and put on some spooky movies to enjoy with the kids. There are so many to choose from. They may even enjoy some of the B-grade classics!
Considering Halloween itself has evolved so much since the original All Hallows Day (or perhaps even further back!) why not start your own family tradition to mark 31st October?
Whatever you choose to do for Halloween, it is a great reason to take time out and have fun with the family. Enjoy!