We love this time of the year where we get to dress our little ones up (and join in on the fun with them). However, there are also issues of safety to think about, and Halloween is renowned for making us alert and keeping our kids safe.
Nextdoor, a free and private social network for neighborhoods, is a great tool for parents for Halloween and through the year since it allows communities to create private websites for their neighborhoods where they can ask questions, get to know one another and exchange local advice and recommendations.
As a mom, I found this resource so valuable since I love that we have a rich community, but I also want to be able to easily share information and connect with members of my community that I don’t see all the time. Through this service you can even locate a babysitter, get the word out about a break-in, organize a neighborhood garage sale, ask for help finding a lost pet or discuss emergency response plans.
For Halloween, this is a great way to organize a party of a group to go trick-or-treating with. They also shared some fun tips on how parents can use Nextdoor to plan a fun and safe Halloween:
- Save money by exchanging outgrown (but still adorable) Halloween costumes! Coordinate a costume swap at a neighbors house. You can make a fun afternoon of it and let the kids play dress up while exchanging costumes and making plans for Halloween festivities.
- Connect with other neighbors to organize trick-or-treating groups. Consider coordinating trick-or-treating groups by age range so that the younger kids can take their time while older kids fly through the neighborhood.
- Find safe activities for the kids, such as local costume parades or Halloween events at a nearby community center or shopping center.
- Organize a neighborhood block party. Neighbors can all kick off the festivities at one designated house with a pot-luck of Halloween themed bites and beverages. You could also designate different houses for different age groups of children for Halloween activities before or after trick-or-treating. For example at one house kids under 5 could have a fun crafting project and decorate their trick-or-treating bags, while at another kids ages 6-10 can decorate Halloween cookies and make spooky masks and at yet another house there could be a viewing of a “spooky” movie for the older kids. Organizing age specific activities will make it more enjoyable for everyone. Then everyone can meet-up and trick-or-treat together.
- Share tips on the best street for trick-or-treating and the houses to score those elusive “full size snickers bars”
- Post safety information and organize or re-engage your local neighborhood watch.
Check out this video to learn more about this free service!
For more information, please visit: https://nextdoor.com/
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