6 Simple Ways for Safe Trick-or-Treating

 

Every year, children ages five to 14 dress up in disguise, knocking door to door, in hopes of collecting treats. While this is ultimately fun for your tots, it can also be dangerous if kids and parents are not careful. Take a look at these simple tips before you let your child go trick-or-treating outside.

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  1. Go for Face Paint Instead of a Mask

Masks limit your kid’s depth reception and peripheral vision, so if possible avoid them. There are plenty of costumes that work just as well with face paint, and there are online tutorials for many of them. If your little one insists on wearing a mask, try cutting bigger eye holes for better vision.

  1. Plan Their Route In Advance

Going trick-or-treating may take several streets away from your home, which may cause sore legs on your child and possibly a little frustration. Avoid long paths by planning their route in advance. Stick to the neighbourhood that you and your child is familiar with.

  1. Keep Track of Your Kids With a GPS Tracker

HereO, for example, is a GPS watch designed for kids. The watch is worn by your child and connects to a corresponding app, which is available for both Android and iOS, so that you can track your child anytime. There’s even a panic button on the watch in which your child can press in case of emergency, sending an alert to your phone so immediate action can be taken.

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  1. Tell Kids Not to Eat Treats Until They’re Home

This gives you the chance to inspect the treats your child has collected and throw away any suspicious loots, like candies with opened wrappers, fresh fruits and homemade treats from people you don’t know.

  1. Have Your Kids Wear Comfy Shoes

Make sure your kids wear comfortable, well-fitting footwear. Girls in long dresses should avoid heels, and shoelaces should be double-tied to ensure they don’t loosen up and cause your tot to trip in the dark.

  1. Choose the Right Props

If possible avoid costumes that require weapons as props. But if your kid’s costume won’t be complete without a sword, make sure it’s safe and flexible, so it won’t injure them or their friends. Also, you may want to think twice about sending your kids out with a toy gun, which can easily be misconstrued in the dark.

Take these simple trick-or-treating safety tips to help your little goblins and ghosts have a hauntingly adorable and safe Halloween.

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5 Genuinely Scary Movies to Watch this Halloween

 

As Halloween approaches, horror movies will be everywhere again in theatres. Skip the cinema and have your own thrill-fest at home. Bake up your pumpkin specialty recipe, set out some Halloween treats and invite friends over for a fun (and scary) movie night.

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Saw (2004)

If you prefer blood and massacre in your horror film, Saw is certainly the movie for you. The movie follows Lawrence and Adam, an oncologist and a photographer respectively. They both wake up to find themselves shackled to pipes in a large bathroom, with one of them ordered to escape while the other to kill the other one or his family will die.

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Another must-watch horror film for the not-so-squeamish. The story focuses on a female loan officer who turns down a Romani old woman’s mortgage request only to face a dark curse that threatens to plunge her soul into hell for eternity. Expect a lot of gore, jump-out-of-your-seat scenes and surprising amount of laughs in the entirety of the film.

Insidious (2011)

‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ may sound like a sweet circus song, but not when it’s set to the scenes of Insidious. This supernatural horror film centers on a couple whose son falls into comatose state and becomes a ‘vessel’ for ghosts from an astral dimension, who want to inhibit the boy’s body, in order to live again.

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Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

The saga did not end with the first chapter. Two years later, the second chapter was released. The movie picks up after the couple’s son wakes up from comatose state and the family thinks that the paranormal trouble was over. The family soon realizes that the horrific activities aren’t yet over. Spirits are still present after moving to a relative’s house, and it’s only a matter of time before the paranormal activity becomes deadly for one of them.

Poltergeist (2015)

This 2015 film was a remake of the original movie released in 1982. The story focuses on a family with three children. The youngest daughter can strangely communicate with someone (or something) through a closet, and that’s when paranormal things start to unfold. After the child disappears inside that closet, the family seek help to rescue her from a poltergeist.

Are you scared yet? The Halloween season is the time for tricks and treats, and you’ll certainly experience both with these movies.

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