How To Be a Better Dad: Trick Or Treat

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How To Be a Better Dad: Trick Or Treat

How To Be a Better Dad is the fatherhood and co-parenting section on SingleDad. Share and exchange great fatherhood advice from our members who are in all stages of fatherhood. In this article we’re going to talk about Halloween! 


Dear SingleDad, 

This is a question that’s not about parenting or single dating. My kids trick or treat every year and I’m not sure if that’s happening this upcoming Halloween. I don’t want to disappoint my kids but I’m not sure if anyone is passing out candy or if it’s safe to take my kids out due to covid. 

-Shawn, 33

Thanks for writing to SingleDad, Shawn! We’re here for any question. Halloween is favored by most children; there’s free candy! Of course you don’t want to disappoint your children, but with how this year has unfolded, we can’t control all disappointment. Today’s article (hopefully) will offer some help! 


  • Neighbors 

If you’re not sure if anyone on your street is passing out candy, all you can do is ask! If you see a neighbor out, talk to them about it. There are also apps and social media platforms you can turn to. For example, Facebook and The NextDoor App. 


  • Safety 

If candy is being passed out in your neighborhood, there’s ways to still social distance. Your children will be in costume maybe with or without a mask, but some sort of mask can still be worn and you all can manage to stay 6 feet away from one another. Most people do not get close to one another while passing out candy and I’m sure for this year most people will not be passing out candy themselves. They may leave their bucket full of candy on their porch, allowing the trick or treaters to help themselves. 


  • Create Your Own Trick Or Treating 

If you feel it’s best to not take your children trick or treating but don’t want to disappoint them, create your own! Enjoy a night in with candy, drinks, food, games, and scary movies (kid friendly). You will feel you are protecting your children and they won’t feel like they are missing out. 


Happy Halloween! 


Also, for Shawn and other parents out there, it’s important to check your children’s candy every Halloween! If it looks opened or like it has been, immediately throw it away. 

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