Trick or Treating Tips to Make This Year’s Halloween the Best Ever

The end of October brings around a very exciting night for most kids—Halloween! We want all of our little ghosts and goblins to be safe and have fun so here are a few trick or treating tips:

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  • Plan a route in advance. Consider the age of your children so you don’t end up far from home when your littlest one gets tired and doesn’t want to walk anymore.
  • Review road safety. Only cross at corners or in crosswalks, and obey traffic signals. Never dart out into the street and always be watching for cars.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. This goes for parents and youngsters. Many a princess has had to be carried by her prince (dad) due to the desire to wear uncomfortable dress shoes.
  • Be well seen. Reflective tape, glow sticks, and flashlights will help your ghouls see as well as be seen.
  • Ditch the masks. Face makeup is much more comfortable than a mask and children’s views are not obstructed.
  • Remember manners. Remind your little devils to say “thank-you” or ask “how many?” before digging into a candy bowl.
  • Enter homes only with a trusted adult. Some neighborhoods have “haunted” houses set up or small buffets, be sure to discuss in advance what you will do if you are invited into someone’s home who is doing this.
  • Check your child’s candy. While safety is your number one concern here, you’re also on the look-out for your favorite mini candy bar…you know the one that’s going to “disappear” when your little monster falls asleep.
  • Fill everyone’s tummy with something yummy before heading out. A balanced meal featuring protein and fiber will help prevent crazy blood sugar spikes and crashes from mini-candy binges.

A great Halloween idea is to get a group together to eat before everyone heads out in search of candy. Swing by Buca di Beppo and grab some Buca To-Go because everyone can agree that kids (and parents) love pasta! No one will have to cook and instead you can concentrate on making sure that Cleopatra’s eyeliner is perfect or perform the last minute modifications to your little vampire’s cape. Everyone can eat together and show off their costumes before deciding which doorbell they want to ring first. This is also a great time to get some group pictures while everyone’s freshly attired and not yet running in all directions.

Popular hours for trick or treating generally range from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and are often posted in local newspapers or on neighborhood websites. Depending on the size of your group, decide to all leave and return at the same time or divide up based on age groups. Have the little ones head out early so they can be home near their regular bedtimes and let the older kids go together with a designated parent who will stay out later.

With a little planning this year can be the best Halloween ever. Let Buca take care of your pre-trick or treating meal so everyone can focus on having a spooky, fun night together!

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