Break out your best hero suit and mask—it’s that time of year again, and we’re pairing up with Disney/Pixar to celebrate the release of Incredibles 2 on Digital & Movies Anywhere now and Blu-ray November 6! To make sure your family is guaranteed a safe, healthy and happy holiday on October 31, we’ve compiled some of our best tips and treats for an INCREDIBLE Halloween.
1. An incredible Halloween starts with safety.
Halloween excitement combined with the inevitable sugar rush can make even the most cautious kid forget basic safety. Top that off with costumes that could be hazardous (think: unhemmed pirate pants and princess dresses or masks that obstruct vision) and Halloween can turn disastrous. Make sure you kids’ superpower is safety by reviewing the basics before heading out to trick-or-treat, including making eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of cars, staying on well-lit sidewalks and paths, crossing at designated crosswalks and obeying pedestrian signals at traffic lights. Read more of our top Halloween safety tips here.
2. Focus on spook-free fun.
We know trick-or-treat is Halloween’s big finish, but there are plenty of festive ways to celebrate—including not-so-spooky activities for younger kids—that don’t revolve around collecting buckets of candy. So before your child shapeshifts into a tantruming toddler from too much sugar, try a few of these simple and fun Halloween activities. (Our favs are the Mummy Wrap and the Skeleton Bone Hunt.)
3. Hire an incredible sitter to help manage Halloween happenings.
It may seem like the Halloween season is expanding each year with parties, parades and special events—not to mention trick-or-treat. When parents are short on time to manage their kids’ Halloween social calendar, it’s time to call in reinforcements. Not only can an incredible sitter cart your little ghosts and goblins to events and activities, sitters can also help out during trick-or-treat, getting kids into costumes and passing out candy, so parents can enjoy going door-to-door with the kids.
4. Think outside the trick-or-treat bag.
Kids are crazy for candy, but no parent wants their child to get by entirely on sugar this Halloween. Good news: There are ways to curb your kids’ sweet tooth before and after trick-or-treat. First, prep some healthy snacks before heading out for the evening. Keep it festive with these recipes for Banana Ghosts and Clementine Pumpkins. In most areas, trick-or-treating ends by 7 or 8 p.m., so plan on having dinner ready for your hungry Halloween heroes. Even better: To distract your kids from the candy, make dinner an incredible extension of your Halloween night by inviting your neighbors over to share in a post-trick-or-treat meal. Keep it simple and healthy—a fall favorite like chili is perfect for a crowd.
5. Conquer the candy crush.
Before your kid dives into their trick-or-treat haul, you’ll need to divide and conquer the candy. Let your child choose his favorites, and portion the candy so he gets a few pieces each day. What to do with the rest? Donate it! Check to see if a local dentist participates in the Halloween Candy Buyback program. Kids can trade their candy in for small prizes, like toothbrushes, toys and stickers, and the donated candy will be sent to some real superheroes—our troops. Win-win!