What child wants to walk when he's got a decked-out Halloween ride? Trick-or-treating with a stroller can be a bit of a pain when it comes to running up and down stairs in search of loot, but when a younger sibling is tagging along with her big brother for the night, it's often the only option. If your lil one needs some wheels to make it through the night, then a decorated stroller is the way to go. Check out some fun homemade creations other mamas have made — and some that are available for purchase in time for Halloween.
Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat! Trick-or-treating is the highlight of Halloween for most kids, but will yours be getting some awesome treats in their goodie bags this Halloween? Zillow recently ranked the top 20 cities to trick-or-treat — and the top five neighborhoods in each — based on median home value, walkability, population density, and safety. We're giving a shout-out to the top 10! Did your city make the cut?
Leave the pillowcase in the bedroom: trick-or-treat bags have gotten an upgrade! From the spooky to the sweet, these hefty goodie bags will make roaming the neighborhood even easier and more stylish for your little munchkins. We found 10 candy totes for Halloween to fill with treats, not tricks.
Instead of the basic plastic pumpkin pail for trick-or-treating this year, offer your lil one a handmade goodie bag for collecting all his sweet loot. Along with being made from soft materials, these homemade Halloween bags are so sweet they can be paired with any costume. Feeling crafty? We've even found a few that you can make yourself. Click through for some spook-tacular Halloween totes.
Trick or treat! In just a few days, the streets will be filled with spooky monsters, adorable baby animals, and lots of little princesses — and they all want one thing: candy. Tots will be canvasing the neighborhood trick or treating for goodies, while mama later gets to go through the Halloween booty and approve all the candy that will be consumed. We think homemade goodies, like cookies and cake pops, are more appealing than store-bought candy, but will you allow your kiddos to eat homemade Halloween treats they collect on their trick-or-treating routes?
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Sure you can fill lil trick-or-treaters' loot bags with the standard mini chocolate bar, just like everyone else on your block. Or you can switch things up a bit with some of the newest candy to hit the confectionery aisles! From Halloween-inspired treats to updated versions of your favorite candies, check out some of the newest sweets available just in time for lil ghosts and goblins to eat them up!
In San Francisco, my children go house to house to collect candy on All Hallows' Eve. Kids parade around the city, burning calories and consuming treats as they walk up and down flights of stairs to get their goodies. Friends who live in New York City take their costumed kiddos floor to floor in their apartment buildings to stockpile the edible loot. In other towns, stores pass out sweets to youngsters and social gathering spots become Halloween destinations for hay rides and apple bobbing. How does your family trick-or-treat?
Halloween is a sugar rush! Before most kiddos set foot out the door, lots of parents lay down a couple of safety guidelines for the night. Here's what LilSugar mamas had to say.
- Deciding which costume to make or buy adds to the excitement of Halloween so 73 percent of mamas let their children choose their own outfits.
- Lil darlings love to dip their hands into the bag of goodies and munch on sweets as they walk around on Halloween night. Seventy-percent of mamas carefully monitor their tot's intake.
- Knock, knock, do you need to know who's behind every door? While some moms map out a specific route for their trick-or-treaters, others allow their kids to venture into unknown neighborhoods. Sixty-three percent of mamas let their kiddos go to strangers' homes.
- You might have carried your costumed kiddo or pushed them door-to-door in a pram, but at some point the youngster wants to gather candy with friends. Forty-five percent of moms said this is OK for teens.
- Before a child eats their treats, some mamas have their youngsters shake their sacks out on a table and sort through the sweets for suspicious-looking candy. One hundred percent of mamas said they check the candy.
For all the fun that families have on Halloween, it can involve a lot of planning. Finding the perfect neighborhood and safe route or putting together a Halloween bash, all while having fun, can be overwhelming. So get a head start on the holiday by downloading these apps for your Android phone. Some are fun and some are practical, but they will all be a good addition to your spooky celebrations!
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