I remember as a little girl – saving all of the ‘used-almost-to-the-bottom’ candles for the whole year to use for Hallowe’en. Our jack o’ lanterns would house a cornucopia of bright red and gold Christmas candles and a few yellow Easter ones. I would be a bit rattled that my beautiful pumpkin was getting red wax dripped all over, and then completely dejected that whenever I passed my own house (as I was doing the neighborhood candy marathon) the pumpkin would be dark. A gust of wind had just spoiled a child’s excitement at boasting artistic achievements to her friends. I’d quickly apologize and run up to grab a lighter or matches. And I can’t remember being anything other than a princess in chiffon so that + matches was clearly a bad idea…
Times have certainly changed. (But I am still a princess.) Hallowe’en decor has reached a new level of tech-savviness (and scariness!!) and kids no longer have to wonder if a person if home if their jack o’ lantern’s candle happens to blow out on a windy night. Not only do we have a spooky giveaway for you, but we have some epic decor and kids’ Halloween safety tips that you’ll want to heed before the big night on October 31st.
Home Decor Halloween Safety Tips
We have now invented the battery-operated flameless candle and tea light! In 1980 I couldn’t have imagined. But then, we didn’t have Facebook either so I guess we’ve come a long way. Love when a technological advancement helps society and gives families more time to make memories. Putting flameless wax candles powered by Duracell Coppertop batteries in your pumpkins means not having to check every 12 seconds to see if you meticulously carved pumpkin has caught fire. Remember the stench of the burnt lids? Yeah – I thought so. Me too. It almost turned me off the baking of pumpkin pie forever. And also? You can trust that there will be light….for a very long time (note: turn it off at 10pm on Hallowe’en night or you will have kids coming to your door for days asking for candy).
Oh – and while you’re at it. Are you a ‘frugal extension cord’ family? Like the kind with extenders plugged into extension cords, with 15 utterly spooky electric decor items attached? Take a moment. That’s really not what the extension cord gods intended. Remember that many decorations now can be battery operated, and Duracell is the only strong copper-topped one around. You can eliminate tripping, short circuits and using all of that extra electricity by switching to a simpler option.
Battery-Powered Halloween Decor Ideas
Since having discovered the whole no-flame Hallowe’en schitck, I’ve been searching for more and more ways in witch (did you catch that? normally my grammar is impeccable..) I can scare the neighborhood kids. Bwa ha ha… Here are a few ideas I’ve found, and all outdoor decor ideas use a flashlight or tealights without much fuss.
- DIY Witch Hat Luminaries by Polkadot Chair.
- Spirit Jugs out of Milk containers by Eighteen25
- Ring of Ghosts from Gail’s Decorative Touch
- Fred and Alice, the Hallowe’en Ghosts from DIY Craft.
Halloween Safety Tips for Kids
The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs recommends that kids to pick brightly coloured costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility. Make sure everyone in the Halloween trick-or-treating party know their route and has a flashlight with a good battery. Reflectors are a must – especially on dark and spooky costumes that become more tempting as the kids get older. (Speaking from experience…). This will help make kids more visible to motorists and others. When is doubt, stay in well-lit areas and only visit homes with their lights turned on. Lastly, please teach your kids not to be tempted. They should resist the urge to sample the spoils of trick-or-treating until an adult has inspected the candy to see if it has been tampered with.
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