It’s that scary time of the year again. It’s Halloween once again and moms are online tweeting and posting everything from how to have a safe Halloween, costume ideas, what treats to serve and more. Mine have been thinking and changing their minds about their costumes for weeks now. It’s one of their favorite holidays.
There’s nothing like looking back over the years at all the different costumes your kids have worn. This year, you can turn those cute photos into an opportunity to win Children’s Place gift cards.
We’ve just helped The Children’s Place launched their Halloween Costume Contest this week on Facebook. Moms and Dads are asked to submit their best Halloween photos in to 1 of 5 costume categories:
• most creative
• best family costume
The submissions with the most votes by 11/11 are eligible for $500, $250, or $25 gift cards. Over 100 prizes are available for the taking. So grab your camera, take a pic, share it and see if you can’t treat yourself to a prize!
You can enter by clicking here.
And here are 9 tips for safe trick or treating courtesy of ABC News and Susan Clarke
• Make sure children wear bright, reflective costumes when they go trick-or-treating at night. If their costumes blend into the dark, give them glow sticks to carry, or place strips of reflective tape on their costumes or trick-or-treat bags to make sure drivers and others can spot them in the darkness. On average, twice as many children are killed while walking on Halloween as compared to any other day of the year, according to Safe Kids USA, a national child safety advocacy organization.
• Don’t allow children to wear face paint without testing it first to make sure it doesn’t irritate their skin or trigger allergies.
• Don’t allow children to wear decorative, non-prescription contact lenses.
• Make sure store-bought costumes and accessories — such as wigs, hats and masks — are flame-retardant. The label should clearly state that. If it doesn’t, don’t buy it.
• Don’t leave candles burning unattended. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Halloween is one of the top five days for candle fires. Try votive candles instead, and keep jack-o-lanterns away from curtains. Or why not opt for electric lights? They give all the ghostly glow without the risk of burning the house down or igniting a costume.
• Don’t let children wear costumes that are too long. They could get caught in car doors or could trail too close to candles.
• Children who are younger than 12 years old should not be allowed to go trick or treating by themselves.
• Be sure to examine all your children’s treat for signs of tampering and choking hazards, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions. Children should not eat homemade treats made by strangers.
• Don’t let younger children carve pumpkins. Let them draw the outlines onto pumpkins, but leave the carving to an adult.