Tips for safe Trick-Or-Treating

For many kids in Utah County, Halloween is just as exciting as Christmas! Children love getting elaborately decked out as their favorite superheroes, creatures or any spooky creation of choice. However, for any parent or guardian, trick-or-treating can be a little nerve-wracking to think about. You want your kids and their friends to stay safe while showing off their ghastly apparel and storming the neighborhood in the dark.

We’ve gathered top tips for you, to make sure everyone stays safe and has a blast this Halloween:

  1. Go during appropriate trick-or-treating hours

Don’t wait to go until it is pitch-black outside. The best time to go is just before dusk. It is still light enough outside that you are able to keep track of your children and see other you are passing/encountering with on the street (and you get first picking of the candy).

  1. Visibility is key

It is always better if you can incorporate lighter colors or reflective tape into your costumes so that they are easier to see in the dark. Another great option is to have them wear glow necklaces and carry glow sticks and/or flashlights.

  1. Never go alone

No one should be out there alone. Kids that are elementary age or younger should be with a parent or guardian at all times, but those who are middle school-aged and want to explore unaccompanied by parents should stay in groups at all time. Make sure everyone knows all important phone numbers and addresses and set the curfew times and route beforehand.

  1. Walking Tips

Be sure that everyone understands simple traffic rules, such as stopping and looking both ways before crossing the street, and staying in a crosswalk if one is available. If you have to cross at a light, make sure you have the proper “walk” signal before you proceed. Double check to make sure dresses or capes don’t drag on the ground. And finally, make sure that everyone is wearing comfy shoes and to double knot any tennis shoes.

  1. Stay on track

Trick-or-treating can span several blocks for multiple hours, so make sure you and your entourage of trick-or-treaters know the route you have planned. Stay in a well-lit neighborhood you’re familiar with. It might be tempting to take a shortcut through an alley or cut through someone’s yard, but that can sometimes pose a danger.

  1. Inspect candy first

Enforce an “inspection rule” before kids dig into their treats. All candy should be wrapped in its original wrapper and should not be tampered with. While it’s at the parent’s’ discretion whether or not to let kids eat homemade treats, make sure those are also wrapped and protected.

  1. Say no!

Even if it’s late and offered, make sure your kids know not to accept rides from anyone they don’t know. Do not accept any kind of candy or bribery and kindly thank them and move on. If you or your kid feels unsafe or uneasy at any time, don’t be afraid to report it or contact your local police.


Preparing your house for cooler weather

The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting cooler. With summer fading, now’s the time to ready your home for fall and winter’s cooler temps and unpredictable weather conditions. Take care of these 6 tasks to get your home clean, warm and ready for the cool days to come.

1. Clear out the gutters.

Remove leaves and other debris from your drainpipe and gutters to prevent clogging. In areas with cold winters, outdoor faucets should be drained in the fall.

2. Clean the fireplace and chimney.
You can clear out ash and charred wood from the fireplace yourself, but leave the chimney cleaning to a professional. Have the chimney cleaner check the damper to ensure it can be tightly closed to prevent drafts.

3. Check the heating system.
Do a survey of your home’s heating vents to make sure they’re not blocked or covered by furniture, carpeting, or curtains. Dust vents and clean all filters. Make an appointment for an annual heating system check-up.

4. Store air conditioners.
If you have removable window air conditioners, be sure to unplug them before taking them down. Dust and clean before covering or storing.

5. Turn off outdoor plumbing
Drain outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems, and cover them to protect them from the freezing weather to come.

6. Get your ice melt and snow blower ready
By the time winter arrives, it’s often too late to find snow gear. Stock up on such things in autumn when they’re plentiful and lower-priced. Even if you think you’ve got enough left from last year, or that your snow blower or shovel are in good shape, take a few moments to check. You don’t want to get caught out in the cold finding out you’re wrong.

Don’t Delay
As with most home maintenance tasks, preparing your home for fall isn’t tricky, just time-consuming. Putting it off causes problems that can wind up costing you an enormous amount of money, though, so set aside time on the next couple of weekends to get these jobs done


Adorable Family Halloween Costumes Ideas

Dressing your kids in adorable Halloween costumes is one of the best parts of Halloween (obviously, besides the candy). There are plenty of creative ways to show your Halloween spirit. We have put together some awesome family costumes for you to try:

 

 Where’s Waldo?

Got stripes? Check out these adorable costumes that you could pull off last minute.

Instructions, Say Yes

Waldo: Blue jeans, red and white striped t-shirt, boots, travel items, cane, red beanie with a white pom pom, glasses

Mrs. Waldo: Red and white striped t-shirt, navy pencil skirt, red beanie with a white pom pom, bandana, red and white layered socks, brown shoes, thrifted bag, glasses

Baby Waldo: Red and white striped onesie, blue tights, red and white stripped beanie with red pom pom, glasses

 

Winnie the Pooh Family

Turn your favorite cartoon into the cutest prize winning family Halloween costume

Instructions: Brit.co

Winnie the Pooh: get a yellowish gold dress and red crop top accompanied by some gold bear ears.

Christopher Robin: yellow polo, Pair with navy shorts, tall white socks and brown loafers

Piglet: pink leotard and tutu, pink fabric paint to add stripes to the leotard and pink felt to create ears, glued onto a headband

Grease Costumes

If you love adorable Halloween costumes and old movies this one is definitely for you.

Instructions: Brit.co

Sandy: Black high-waisted shiny pants, black and gold high-waisted belt, black off-the-shoulder crop top, short blonde wig, red lipstick, red converse.

Danny: little black leather jacket, black and white foam paper, white undershirt, black hair spray, fashion tape, matching red converse.