There’s no better way to celebrate the beginning of fall than talking about everyone’s favorite spooky holiday. That’s right, we got in touch with Kimberly from SheScribes to bring you more advice on what to expect this Halloween. Check it out!
What costumes do you anticipate will be trendy this Halloween?
- Anything and everything related to Disney’s Frozen, especially Elsa and Ana. I would love to see an Olaf costume.
What are some of the ideas on your kids’ Halloween costume list?
- Sadly my 15 year old son doesn’t have any interest in Halloween this year. My 17 year old daughter is still trying to decide what she wants to wear. As a senior in high school this year they are allowed the wear costumes to school (the 9th, 10th and 11th graders are not allowed to wear costumes to school – only the seniors). She was toying with the idea of a Police Officer.
What suggestions do you have for parents shopping for hard-to-find items?
- Get creative. See if you can make the item yourself rather than drive yourself crazy going all over town looking for it. Making the items yourself is also a fun activity you can do with your family.
One year my son went Trick-or-Treating as a dog. I wanted him to have a Trick-or-Treat bag that looked like dog food or dog treats. I couldn’t find anything so I made one. I took a large box of dog biscuits and glued a tote bag inside the box so that all you saw were the handles. It was the perfect accessory for his adorable costume and people gave me a lot of compliments for my creativity.
How early should parents start shopping / looking for costume additions for their kids? How late can they wait?
- We would start asking our kids when they went back to school in September what they wanted to be for Halloween – or what ideas they had – this way would could start looking around for a costume and/or have plenty of time to make it (or the accessories). I would recommend getting started as soon as you can and give yourself a few weeks, unless it’s a costume that is readily available every Halloween like a witch, Fireman or Policeman. Don’t wait too long for popular costumes because they might sell out. The very latest we’d go costume shopping would be two weeks before Halloween.
What are your favorite tips and tricks for saving money on Halloween costumes?
- If we had Halloween costumes that were in great condition after Halloween we would hold on to them for younger siblings or we’d trade old costumes with family and friends, that way no one had to spend a dime on a new costume.
I think it’s a lot of fun to create your own costume. You can re-purpose items from around your home. If you can sew (or know someone who can) even better! Why spend upwards of $50+ for a costume that will be worn for just a few hours when you can make your own costumes with items you already have for free or just a few dollars.There
Do you have any tips for parents who are chaperoning older kids while trick or treating?
- Always have your child go Trick-or-Treating with a large group of children.
- Depending on the age of the child/children there should be an adult chaperone – even if it’s an older sibling – who follows closely behind but without being a part of the group.
- Make sure the costumes are safe to wear (the child can easily see and won’t trip) and is wearing reflective tape and carrying a flashlight.
- Set ground rules and go over safety rules such as don’t eat any candy until an adult inspects it, look both ways before crossing the road, if they feel uncomfortable in a situation to run and get help…
- Have the child check in with you via a phone call or text.
- Know what roads or neighborhoods the child is going to and make sure they stick to those areas.
Any tips for parents who have very young trick or treaters?
- Don’t overdo it with little ones. They tire easily and the whole idea of Trick-or-Treating can be overwhelming.
- For the very young (toddler) I would recommend only a few houses – ideally neighbors or people they know so they are not scared by strangers. Not only that, toddlers don’t really need a lot of candy.
- Go Trick-or-Treating early in the evening when it’s still light outside with little ones. As it gets dark the older children with scary costumes come out and that could frighten little ones.
- Make sure young children are well rested and well fed before heading out. A tired and/or hungry Trick-or-Treater can ruin an evening.
- If the young child is able to comprehend it I would explain to them what Trick-or-Treating is all about so that they are not scared.
- Allow your child to help you give out candy to other Trick-or-Treaters when they come to your door. Let your child remain in his/her costume too.
- Stay away from houses that are decorated in a scary way or if there is a possibility of someone dressed in a scary costume to pop out at them. We had that happen not once but twice over the years where someone dressed up in a scary way jumped out at my kids. I think that might be why our son was never overly keen about going out Trick-or-Treating.
Do you have safety tips (any and all) for parents / trick or treaters?
- Make sure children (young and old) go Trick-or-Treating in known neighborhoods.
- Make sure the neighborhood is well lit (street lights) if not make sure your child has a flashlight and is wearing reflective tape.
- Don’t let little ones go Trick-or-Treating by themselves. They should have an adult chaperone at all times.
- Older children should go Trick-or-Treating in large groups.
- Always abide by the traffic rules and look both ways when crossing the street.
- Make sure your child’s vision is not compromised in the costume and that that the can walk freely without anything dangling down that could trip them.
- Give older children a curfew and have them check in with you regularly via a phone call or text. Ask the older child to let you know what streets/neighborhoods they plan on visiting.
- Inspect ALL candy before allowing your child to eat it.
- Make sure your child knows to NEVER go inside someone’s home to get candy. Sometimes people make you wait for candy because they are not prepared. If that is the case WAIT OUTSIDE. Do not wait inside the house even if the person tells you to.
- Don’t let children have sharp or dangerous items as costume accessories to avoid accidents.
Kimberly and her family, along with her “mini-zoo,” reside in the suburbs of New York City. On her blog, She Scribes, she loves to cover a variety of topics. Her tag line is “A little bit of this, a little bit of that.” When she’s not blogging Kimberly can usually be found spending time with her family, watching movies or simply hanging out at a local park. For more updates from Kimberly, follow her on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest or like She Scribes on Facebook.