One more sleep and it will be upon us – Halloween! The day that children everywhere look forward to all year. There will be ghosts, goblins, Monster High Girls and Iron Mans wandering the streets, shouting “Trick or Treat” at the top of their lungs tomorrow. Sadly, with Hurricane Sandy wreaking havoc across much of the Eastern US and Canada, it sounds like it will be a rather wet adventure for those that manage to get out though. I know lots of fingers are crossed that there will be a break in the rain at dusk tomorrow, so that the kiddies can get their trick or treating fixes – my kids included.

If you have little die-hard devils willing to risk the rains, you need to make sure that they stay safe when they go out tomorrow. Here are a few tips for your trick-or-treaters;

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TIPS FOR TRICK-OR-TREATERS

  • Wear bright colours or reflectors on your costume so that vehicles can see you in the dark
  • Instead of sporting a mask, apply makeup to maximize your child’s vision
  • Never trick-or-treat alone. Always go with a parent, siblings or group of friends
  • Dress for the weather. That means rubber/winter boots, sweaters and/or snow suits under costumes. Mitts will keep those fingers warm enough to keep reaching for a few more treats too!
  • As you wander the streets, use the sidewalk or walk facing traffic, so that you can see any vehicles coming in your direction
  • Always walk up one side of the street, before heading to the other side. Running back and forth across the street puts you at higher risk for accidents to happen
  • Only go to houses that have an outside light illuminated
  • Never go inside someone’s home or vehicle
  • Take an extra bag along to dump heavy pumpkins of their loot and ensure that trick-or-treating fun lasts as long as your kids can handle it
  • When you get home, have an adult check candy before diving in to make sure no packages have been tampered with
  • Have fun!

You also want to make sure that your trick-or-treaters have a good meal before they head out the door for the evening. Since you will be busy getting costumes ready earlier, Halloween is the perfect night for a quick and easy crock pot meal. This Chicken Bake from cdKitchen is the perfect solution to get some warm, healthy food into everyone before they head out into the evening to collect a pile of (probably not so healthy) treats. Enjoy!

CHICKEN & GREEN BEAN BAKE

Ingredients:

  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder
  • 1 can (10.75 ounce size) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 can (14.5 ounce size) green beans, drained
  • 1 can (2.8 ounce size) French fried onions

Directions:

Place chicken breasts in crock pot. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Cook until done, approximately two to three hours on high. Drain off any liquid. Return chicken to pot.

Add mushroom soup, milk and green beans. Cover mixture with onions. Sprinkle with pepper. Cover and cook 30 minutes longer.

 Now get out there and get your scare on!

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