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4 Tips to Having a Safe but Spooky Local Halloween Party

You will want your children, friends, and neighbors to have a safe but fun Halloween. This holiday is popular because it gives people a chance to dress in a variety of costumes, but there are dangerous situations that can occur. More parents and neighbors are finding different but safer ways to continue Halloween traditions without having any problems. Consider these four ways to make Halloween a safe but spooky holiday for your children, family, and friends.

Costume Safety

While buying or making a costume, you must consider its safety features. Avoid buying a costume that is too large because a child can trip over the bottom of the garment, or alternatively, the mask may cover the child’s eyes, nose or mouth. Rather than using a mask that makes it difficult to breathe, you can use makeup on your child’s face, but you should choose products that won’t cause an allergic reaction or that will make a child ill.

Safe Halloween Decorations

It is vital to select safe Halloween decorations that won’t cause any injuries. If you have carved pumpkins inside or outside your home, then make sure to use battery-operated lights inside the items rather than risking any dangers from lit candles. To prevent any injuries while children are scurrying around, you should have decorations that aren’t sharp or explosive.

Arrange an Off-site Party

Rather than having a Halloween party inside or outside your home, arrange an off-site party by renting a place for the night near your neighborhood, such as an event center in NH. A rented party space can have great lighting, extra parking for vehicles and food catered for the event. You won’t need to worry about having complaints from neighbors about the noise, and the cleaning crew will remove any messes that are made by the partygoers.

Watch Beverages and Foods Carefully

Many parents are worried about beverage or food contamination during Halloween parties. A primary concern is tampering with food or drink or even accidental contamination due to poor planning and too many people double-dipping. If you are arranging a Halloween party, then you should inspect the beverages and foods carefully to see any potential problems. In addition, it is a good idea to have a responsible adult watching the table where the treats are displayed, even if it’s just to keep kids from eating too many sweets.

Hiring Security Guards

When you are having a larger party at Halloween, you may want to hire security guards who can help drivers park their vehicles in the proper location along with watching for any dangerous situations. Even just having some adults keeping an eye out for rowdy partygoers can go a long way to promoting safety and good feelings.

Halloween should be scary, but only on the surface. You still want your local Halloween party to be fun and safe for the partygoers. Follow these tips to have a safe and memorable Halloween that will be the talk of the town for years to come. Perhaps you’ll even start a new tradition!

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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