Fall is here in Hillsborough County: that means cooler air, falling leaves and Halloween decorations popping up everywhere. Are you prepared for the spook-tacular holiday? Costumes, candy and pumpkins are running through your kids’ heads. To them, Halloween is about dressing up and getting to eat fun treats. They aren’t concerned with possible predators or serious injuries while trick or treating. Which is why you should be!
How old are your children? Are they old enough to go trick or treating without you? Which houses are safe and which ones should your kids avoid? Some planning beforehand will help keep everyone safe and happy on Halloween night. Let your kids know the rules you expect them to abide by. Here are some safety guidelines to discuss with your kids:
- Travel in groups: Whether they’re going out with friends or staying by your side, stress the importance of safety in numbers.
- Do be afraid of the dark: Flashlights, reflective tape, glow sticks and anything light or shiny helps drivers see your kids. Make sure you have these important items.
- Set a time: Give older children a curfew, and set a time to wrap up the evening before younger kids get overly tired.
- Check their candy: Toss anything that looks remotely suspicious, including candy with open wrappers. Do not eat any homemade treats like candy apples or popcorn.
Hillsborough County is celebrating fall and Halloween with fun events for the whole family. We may not experience colorful changing leaves during the season, but Florida has its own fall traditions to enjoy. Here are some ideas to get you and the kids in the ‘spirit’ this weekend:
- ZooBoo: Lowry Park opens its gates and transforms into a frightfully fun outing fit for kids and adults. Not too scary, but plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained. Check out the Flying Fox Bat House and the Pharaoh’s Tomb of Revenge. Don’t miss the special animal exhibits and games around the Scary-Go-Round.
- Hall-O-Boo: Museum of Science and Industry hosts their 5th annual event with ‘not so scary’ fright zones inspired by a night at the movies. Your kids will get lost in the Magical Maze of Longwings Labyrinth and get to make their own Ghostbuster slime. There are also 14 trick-or-treat stations located around MOSI.
- Get a picture of your kids in a pumpkin patch at the Tampa Bay Farmer’s Market or in Hyde Park Square.
- Check out a hayride for the kids at Turkey Creek Stables.
Have a boo-tiful Halloween!