Halloween has become such a big deal over the years that it almost seems like it needs a longer season to it, much like Christmas. Haunted houses, parties, costume contests, and so much more fill the month of October and keeps adults entertained beyond all belief. But we can’t forget about the kids who are out there for the dress-up and most of all, the trick-or-treating.
When taking your children trick-or-treating, adults need to remember that it truly is all about them. It isn’t about getting things done as quickly as possible so that the grown-ups can head out to parties or whatever else is planned. These kids look forward to this all year long and they need to enjoy it.
That is why there truly are certain times which are best for trick-or-treating and some that parents need to just work to avoid entirely.
~ Don’t go during the daytime
Kids don’t enjoy this. They truly don’t. Halloween is about trying to be frightening or having at least a bit of scariness behind it even if their costumes don’t portray it. Going during the day totally ruins any little amount of fear they may have inside them. While it is true that children aren’t looking to be frightened out of their wits, it is in them to have a little bit of anticipation as to what could be behind the next tree or sitting on the upcoming porch.
~ Don’t go too late in the evening
Going out too late is only going to result in one thing and that is taking away from the kids’ chance of getting the good candy. Head out too later and it could result in the children not getting any candy at all. Most smart adults aren’t going to have their kids out too late anyway so it also takes away from allowing your kids to enjoy the costumes of others.
This also helps little ones avoid the sight of the older kids making a mockery of things and causing trouble. The less bad influences, the better.
~ Hit the streets at dusk
Heading out right as the sun begins to go down and the night starts to creep in is a rather decent time for the door-to-door knocking and requests for treats. It is just light enough for them to see and actually that makes it an ideal time for the real little ones who may be too scared to be out into the darkness.
~ Starting out around 7:00 or 7:30 PM is your best bet
Maybe it isn’t the “witching hour,” but it sure is a great time to go hunting for the best candy. Night has essentially fallen at this time of year and the moon will be overhead. It’s early enough for there to be lots of costumes all over the place meaning your kids will enjoy the interaction with others and seeing how their outfits compare. It also gives them the feeling like they are out much later then they should be.
Well, it did in my day because when the streetlights came on, usually we weren’t outside.
Please, take the time to think about what your kids would want when it comes to trick-or-treating. Don’t focus on getting to your parties. Don’t focus on getting it done early and fast so you can watch some television show. Let your kids get the most out of it because before too long, Halloween will change for them and trick-or-treating will be no more as they get older. Let them enjoy it while they can.
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