Camp Half Moon in the Berkshire Mountains since 1922, Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Tips to Stay Safe This Halloween

The leaves are falling, the air is getting cooler, and jack-o-lanterns are carved everywhere! That means that Halloween must be soon! At Camp Half Moon, we want to make sure that each and every one of our campers stays safe while they're out trick or treating this year! October has come and gone and in just four short days, Halloween will be here! So once your child has chosen their costume, created a map of where the best houses for candy is, and anxiously counts down the minutes until it's time to leave, read the tips that our traditional camp near Connecticut has come up with to keep you and your children safe this Saturday! 

  • The best part of Halloween (besides getting candy, of course) is dressing up! And with all the excitement in the air, children usually have a tendency to dress up as accurate as possible, despite how uncomfortable you know their costume will be in a few hours. To get the most candy possible, your child will likely make you walk pretty far. So the easiest way to avoid any complaining for pain, is by wearing comfortable shoes! Avoid types of shoes that your child may not be used to wearing, like heels. Instead, wear sneakers, flats, or whatever kind of shoe they are used to. This will help to avoid blisters, tripping, and falling while walking around. 
  • Did you know that the most popular hours for trick or treating is between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m., so if you plan on driving between these times, drive slower and be extra cautious of everything around you. Remember that children will be super excited, and may forget to look both ways before crossing the street, so definitely reduce your speed and pay extra attention to what’s happening around you.
  • Flashlights are key for trick or treating. It's starting to get darker outside earlier, so to ensure that you are being seen by cars and other trick or treaters, bring a flashlight with you. Obviously, walking around outside at night can be risky. But by carrying flashlights and putting reflective tape on you and your child can allows you to be more noticeable to drivers and other trick or treaters. This is especially important if a costume is entirely black or another dark color, put reflective tape on their candy bag and have them carry a flashlight as well. And don't forget the extra batteries! 
  • Finally, when it comes time to organize and check out all of the candy at the end of the night, pay close attention to the candy wrappers. Throw out any pieces that looks like they could've been tampered with or opened at some point should go straight into the trash, just to be on the safe side.

Try your hardest to follow these tips to ensure that you and your children have a fun, safe, and exciting time trick or treating this year. Camp Half Moon hopes that all of our campers have the best Halloween ever, filled with candy and friends! And if you’re interested in signing your son or daughter up for the best traditional camp near Connecticut next year, then call us today at (845)-221-2771 for more information or to schedule a tour!