Make It a Safe Halloween for Your Kids

Many people think that the winter holidays are the most wonderful time of the year. But if you’re a kid and love dressing up, chances are that Halloween takes the crown!

Halloween has something for everyone! If your kids love pretending, then they get to put on a fun costume and run around the neighborhood. If they love candy (and what kid doesn’t?), then they get to knock on strangers’ doors and ask for treats! It’s a super fun time!

That said, there are also some dangers associated with Halloween. If you want to make sure that your kids will be protected this upcoming October 31th, check out some of these Halloween Safety Tips:

Avoid Fully Black or Dark Costumes

Halloween tends to be associated with dark colors. We think about scary witches and black cats as fantastic costumes, but here is the problem: no one can see those colors in the dark.

One of the biggest Halloween safety tips you can put into action with your kids is to help them pick a costume that can be seen by cars or other passers-by at night. If they’re dressed in a witch costume, there isn’t likely to be a lot of light reflected from cars that will tell them your little one is crossing the street. 

That said, they can still go out as a witch or a black cat; the costumes only need a little bit of adjusting. You can quickly put reflective strips on their back and around their arm and leg cuffs. These won’t spoil the effect of the costume, but it will allow people to see them from far off.

Another way you can make them seen is by making sure their Halloween bags include bright colors. When designing our Personalized Halloween Tote Bags, we made sure that all of them included at least one large patch of bright, light-reflective color. Check out our Frankenstein Halloween Tote Bag. It’s instantly identifiable in a bright green color that people can’t help but see! Our Witch Tote Bags are actually white, making them impossible to miss. Even our “Black Cat” Halloween Tote Bag includes a bright orange section and green eyes that can easily be seen. These tote bags are another way you can augment traditionally dark costumes in a way that is thematically-appropriate, while also making sure that no one will be able to miss your kid in the dark.

Plan Your Route Ahead of Time

Planning makes perfect, especially when it comes to a logistically-packed holiday like Halloween!

You want to hit as many houses as possible in the shortest amount of time. After all, you don’t want the kids to be out past their bedtime (or at least not TOO far past it!) One of the best ways you can do this is by utilizing Google Maps (or whichever mapping app you use) to plan yourself a Halloween route that will get you around the neighborhood in an efficient manner.

It’s important to remember your kid’s age here. Little ones might not have the energy to do much more than a block or two, while pre-teens might have enough energy to do half the town. If people get tired, you don’t have to strictly stick to your plan. If your kids (or you) start to get tired, you can always head home with your sacks full of candy. 

And don’t feel that you need to force your kids to enjoy Halloween. Some kids simply don’t much care to knock on strangers’ doors to ask for candy. If they aren’t enjoying themselves, don’t force them to stay out. Instead, abandon the plan and head home. I’m sure there is plenty of leftover candy there for them that can be found there!

Make Sure You Can Track Them

If this is one of the first Halloweens that your child is doing on their own, you’re going to be a nervous wreck. And there’s nothing wrong with that! Being a nervous wreck is just part and parcel of being a parent.

To calm your nerves a bit, you can do something that will help give you peace of mind on a night where your kids are knocking on the door of every stranger from blocks around. If they have a smartphone (and they should if they are heading out on their own), then you should have tracking features turned on. You can find these features in the “Family Link” app on Android and the “Find My” app on iPhones.

Now, there are some parents who feel that tracking features intrude on their kids’ privacy, and there is some truth to that. But there are occasions when turning on family tracking is justified, and Halloween is such a holiday. Make sure that the feature is activated on your and their phones. Then, at any point in the evening, you can see where they are located at a glance. This can give you peace of mind that they’re safe and not heading into an unknown or unsafe area. 

They should also have instructions to text or call you on their phone at periodic intervals, just to check in with how things are going. If they miss this check-in (Halloween can be fun and overwhelming, after all), don’t feel shy about interrupting their night by calling them. You don’t need to get angry with them for missing their check-in, but be sure to remind them that it’s a condition of them heading out in the future. 

Aren’t smartphones great (sometimes)?

These are just a few of the ways that you can ensure your kids have a fun and safe Halloween. If you’d like to check out some other ways you can enhance the holiday, we invite you to take a look around the Halloween section of our website! There are tons of great Personalized Halloween Tote Bags that could make your kids’ costumes even better. And don’t forget to take a look around the rest of the site for some great tote bags you could carry full of candy as you walk alongside them this Halloween!

What are some of your favorite Halloween safety tips? Please share them in the comments below!

Halloween Costume Ideas and Matching Candy Bags!

If there is one thing that any child loves doing, it’s dressing up!

Get a kid a costume, and you are basically guaranteeing a good time. Whether it be a princess outfit, an animal, or some pieces from your jewelry collection, there is something about costumes that makes it even more fun to pretend! And when it comes to dressing up, no holiday is more fun than Halloween

Halloween isn’t just about getting a massive amount of free candy (although that’s certainly a fringe benefit). It’s also a fun occasion for kids to look forward to! Making plans a few weeks ahead of time for a costume can build up their anticipation and make the holiday even more exciting! Here are a few ideas for super-fun Halloween costumes (inspired by Peekawhoo tote bags)!

Personalized Halloween Tote Bags

Part of the fun of Halloween is coordinating costumes. If your little one is going as a Frankenstein monster, chances are that they won’t want to take a reusable grocery bag to carry candy. It would ruin the entire effect! 

Instead, you can customize their candy bag to their costume. All of our Halloween Tote Bags are made from durable polyester, and at 12x5x12, they will be able to handle however much candy ends up inside them. And they also come in a ton of fun styles and colors.

For example, that Frankenstein costume would be a perfect match with our adorably “scary” Frankenstein Tote Bag! If you have a little kitten prowling the streets looking for candy, then our Cat Tote Bag would be the perfect match! If they want to go as a witch, then our Witch Hat Canvas Tote Bag will perfectly complete the ensemble!

Oh, and while Halloween and Easter are pretty far apart (although they both involve an awful lot of candy), a bunny Halloween costume might be a fantastic idea. And that costume would perfectly match with their Easter Bunny Basket from earlier in the year!

Backpage for Candy Storage

But what if your child doesn’t want to carry around a tote bag all night? No problem at all, because we have several Back to School Backpacks that will likely match their costume, no problem.

Let’s say that you have a little airplane pilot wanting to take off into the neighborhood? Then our Take Flight backpack would be the perfect complement to their costume. If your child is going as some kind of green reptile or monster, then our Later Gator backpack will match the color and give them an easy way to transport all of their candy. And if their costume theme doesn’t match any of the backpack patterns? Then why not go with a classic Black backpack that will basically become invisible, not clashing at all with their costume.

The best part about buying a Back to School backpack is that it serves double duty. They can take it out on Halloween, and then take it to school in the morning! Our backpacks are made from sturdy polyester and are 12x 5×17, more than large enough for the candy haul!

Bags for You (To Carry ALL of the Candy)

Here is the thing about children. When they are excited, it’s nothing but overflowing energy that you never think will run out. But when they started to get tired, boy, they crash FAST! And if you are out with your child, enjoying Halloween, they probably don’t want the fun to end. And one surefire way that it will end is if they get tired of carrying a gigantic bag full of candy.

The best way to make sure Halloween lasts a little longer (and you get a bit more candy in their haul) is to take along a bag of your own and dump the candy from theirs into it at periodic intervals. 

Unless you are planning on having an all-night neighborhood candy crawl, you aren’t going to need something as big as a garbage bag. Instead, why not choose one of our WB Summer Tote Bags. They are surprisingly large at 13×5.25×14, perfect for all of the spillover candy that your child will be collecting. You have your choice between a parker paisley or posie color and, like the vast majority of our offerings, you can have it personalized with your name, monogram, or first initial. This bag will ensure that your child gets all of the candy they want, without having to haul around an old, heavy pillowcase-sized bag!

If you want something a little more neutral (if you are planning on going in costume yourself), then we could recommend our Monogrammed Large Weekender Bag. It’s a bit bigger than the tote bag (more room for candy) and is neutral enough to blend in with just about any costume you can think of!

And don’t forget, we also have some less flashy Halloween Tote Bags, including in Stripes and Orange Dots.

If you’d like to see everything that we have to offer for a fun and stylish Halloween adventure, we invite you to take a look around the website! You might come up with some Halloween costume ideas that we haven’t even dreamed of! 

Do you love Halloween? What was your favorite costume as a kid? Please share your thoughts with our community!