Trick-or-treat is usually celebrated with sweets and favors, but, isn't it that you’re not supposed to take candy from strangers? In case your little one brings this up, how do you reconcile the two points of view? For Mitch Tiongson, mom to Cayleigh, 4, it’s as simple as explaining that “Trick-or-treat is a special thing we do on Halloween. It’s tradition, and it helps us get to know our neighbors better. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be careful.”
1. When you’re on the giving end of trick-or-treat, know your area’s rules. Elma Tiongson, who’s part of the village association that organizes their Halloween event, also considers this a safety tip. In some subdivisions, the use of cars is banned at certain hours to avoid accidents involving pedestrians. She also recommends that households not give away treats earlier than the scheduled hour.
2. Give only to kids who line up. Elma also agrees with neighbors who refuse to give yayas or adults who line up for their kids (unless the babies are not old enough to walk.) “Sometimes, the yaya goes, then the kid [also goes],” she says. “Nauubusan yung mas maliliit na bata.”
3. Keep kids company. Lazaro says it’s best when a parent accompanies his child during events to guide him in case he might need something, or check the loot bags and see what’s appropriate to eat. More importantly, it’s a great opportunity for the parent to bond and teach her child about his surroundings.
4. Avoid costume mishaps. Lazaro also advises that parents make sure their child’s outfit is comfortable. Avoid long costumes they can easily trip on or those which easily catch fire. Check that masks enable them to breathe properly and give them good peripheral vision. If they’re carrying accessories like swords, make sure these aren’t sharp. If trick-or-treating extends to later hours, Lazaro also suggests to make the kids wear glowsticks so they can be spotted easily by others.